Q & A. PART 6

Q1. What’s your favourite meal? (JB Coventry UK)

A1. Chips and egg with bread and butter. A close second would be a full Monty. Benice is a brilliant cook and she has taught me a few of her tricks. You could eat in Monaco and it would be as good as her home-made chips and egg.

Q2. What’s the last book you read? (A regalia UK)

A2. I was fortunate enough to receive David Bailey‘s new book ‘Look’ for Christmas and it’s absolutely enthralling . I’ve also just read ‘The boy, the mole, the Fox and the horse’ by Charlie Mackey. It’s fantastic, I recommend it to everyone, and it’s reassuring in these times. The artwork and the text are just spot-on.

Q3. What do you prefer to drink? (B Carter UK)

A3. I love a pint of ice cold milk, but that’s closely followed by JB and Pepsi on ice. I met Agostini in the clubhouse at Silverstone in 1974 during the British motorcycle Grand Prix. During our chat he ordered us both a whiskey and Coke, in a tall glass over ice. It was the best drink ever. Afterwards I thought that if it’s good enough for Agostini it’s good enough for me and I have drunk my JB like that ever since.

Q4. What tips can you give an aspiring music photographer? (Remedios P. Greece)

A4. I don’t normally give tips on photography. I’m a firm believer that you should find your own style and develop your craft to make it individual. Individualism is the way to make your art stand out from the rest. It blazes a unique trail that others try to emulate, but as you develop and become more creative those twats that copy, find it hard to keep up. Always keep pushing your creative boundaries and be daring.

Q5. Truth or dare? (D Clark Bodmin UK)

A5. Truth

Q6. Have you ever been arrested? (Joyce Gwyn South Wales UK)

A6. Well no, but I nearly was. My friend and I climbed the Christmas tree in the middle of Peterborough town Square in 1973. When we got down, the dibbles were waiting for us. It took a bit of sweet talking for them to let us off with a warning. I was totally ragged that night. Happy days!

Thank you for all your questions. If you have a burning question for Nick, whatever the topic, please send it to benicebond@icloud.com.

Q & A. PART 5…

Q1. How often do you buy new clothes and is there anything that you wish would come back into fashion? ( A.Stephens Dorset UK)

A1. I buy new clothes regularly, I like to create my own fashion, but I would like to see proper heavy duty Levi denim make a come back.

Q2. Who was the worst and the best musician or band to work with? (Robin Callum Huntsville Alabama USA)

A2. Some of the best bands I have worked with were Status Quo, Metallica, Blockheads, Supertramp and ZZ Top. The most difficult musicians I’ve worked with would be Van Morrison, Michael Schenker, I found Art Garfunkel and Chuck Berry very challenging, and Gary Moore just plain ruined my evening!

Q3. Will your UK to USA tour come to UK venues? I really wanna see it. (Sam Neill UK)

A3. Hi Sam. We really hope to bring it back to England at some point in time.

Q4. Is there anything that you wouldn’t try or do again? (Belinda Howsley Oklahoma City USA)

A4. Marriage!

Q5. What bad habits have you got? (M Weisz New Mexico)

A5. Marriage!

Thank you for your questions Nick enjoys reading them and answering them all. If there’s anything that you would like to ask Nick please send your questions to Benicebond@iCloud.com

Q & A PART 4

Q1. How do you relax in your spare time? (KD Scotland)

A1. I listen to music, and watch classic British films and British comedies. I’m developing my cooking skills, and I love spending time with my partner and playing guitar.

Q2. What is your most favourite aspect of being a rock photographer? (E Shields Illinois USA)

A2. Photographing the people that are my heroes, who have made me who I am today, whose music has influence to my outlook on life, people and my creativity.

Q3. What is your greatest creative motivation? (J Ward UK)

A3. To leave a mark in photographic history, for people to recognise what I do. I want to my work to be viewed and questioned by the viewer I want them to explore their own emotions and try to understand the reactions and feelings that my images evoke.

Q4. Who would you want to be stranded with on a desert island and what three items would you take with you? (M Rogers Dunstable UK)

A4. My mum and I would take with me a camera, a guitar and a hairdryer!

Q5. What do you think about when photographing rock bands? (M Phillips Bideford UK)

A5. I think about the final images. I know when I’ve got the perfect shot and how it will look. The subject matter becomes irrelevant, and it’s always about the art

Q6. I think my boyfriend is going to ask me to marry him on Valentine’s Day, what should I say? (Kerry UK)

A6. Hi Kerry if you don’t get a better offer, then say yes!

Thank you for all your questions so far, if there is a particular question that you would like Nick to answer please send it to Benicebond@icloud.com

A DAY IN THE LIFE

A sneak peak into the day of our favourite Rock Art photographer Nick Elliott, can be very insightful to understand his work ethics, his passion for his art and his unrelenting drive to produce and push the boundaries of his creative mind.

Nick firmly believes that the early bird catches the worm, and rises each morning at 5:30. A time usually associated with shift workers, Nick finds this the best part of the day.

“The world is quiet. It hasn’t woken up yet. It’s a new day that I feel I’m the one of the first people to experience it “. (nick elliott)

Nick finds this time very productive,there is quiet and solitude to brainstorm ideas and formulate new projects.

“It’s my best thinking time, I’ve had some of my best ideas waiting for the world to wake up. I am often amazed at the beauty of a Norfolk sunrise from my kitchen window as I eat breakfast. It stirs my creativity “. (Nick Elliott)

Nick checks his diary, organises his work for the day, writes any outstanding emails and letters, tweaks contracts to go out and updates Elliott Studios social media and his personal accounts all before 7 am. After a brief respite work begins in earnest at 8:30 at Elliott studios. Recently Nick has been selecting images and finalising the design of several new books for publication, and post producing hundreds of unseen images in preparation for his upcoming tour and exhibitions. If not in the studio, Nick can be found on location either filming or completing commissioned work.

“I prefer my day to start off in a very structured way. This leaves my mind free to explore my creativity in the best way possible. My head can get really cluttered with ideas and new projects, I really have to work through all those concepts with mood boards to see the potential of it working. I have now realised that for a large part of my life I was creatively restrained in a relationship with an antagonist who was constantly imposing boundaries and restrictions which caused conflict. After a catalyst of events I now find myself free from that toxic relationship and I’m now able to grow creatively with freedom of expression. It’s had a huge positive impact on my life. My conceptual dark art projects portray that emotional journey to empowerment and allows me to push the boundaries of my art each day without fear of retribution or suppression. As a result of this life changing event, I have a renewed and deeper passion for creating art that has been allowed to be released and developed in the last couple of years. It’s liberating “. (Nick Elliott)

LIGHTS ,CAMERA, ACTION

‘The Story So Far’, a documentary produced and directed by the talented filmmaker Andy Blithe of Aturn Films, continues its filming across Norfolk, charting the unique and enviable life of world renowned rock art photographer Nick Elliott.

Filming has proven to be quite challenging at times due to the current lockdown, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and shooting has taken place at Elliott Studios documenting Nick post producing and preparing his fine art images for his upcoming exhibition and sales.

It is hopeful that Andy will be shadowing Nick on his UK to USA tour to record stateside the events of this much anticipated event.

Nick and Andy are making headway with the filming of ‘2 go mad in Norfolk’ at various locations around Norfolk. Penthouse I has been refurbished to make it the most desirable motorhome on the road. Not limiting themselves to the road, the boys will also be kings of the waterways as penthouse II has finally dipped her bottom into the water and is ready to christen the waters of Norfolk with Captain Blithe at the helm and Mr Elliott no doubt planning a mutiny.

Look out for the lads in the county on all the different modes of transport, bringing laughter and mayhem to the locals of Norfolk as they rediscover the hidden delights of the county in their naughty, exclusive style.

“I’m so enjoying this partnership with Andy. We are the Morecambe and Wise of Norfolk. We have a lot of laughs but we take all the projects very seriously. It’s a pleasure to work with him, plus he’s taller than Ernie “. (Nick Elliott)

TOURING IT UP…UK TO USA STYLE

Nick and the Elliott Studio team are busy shaking their tailfeathers preparing for the forthcoming tour to the USA.

The tour management is being exclusively undertaken by Brenda Cline, CEO of the workhorse 165 entertainment group. The tour dates and venues are coming together and proving to raise much excitement amongst Nicks American audience. Starting in Oakland, the tour will consist of ticketed theatre shows across several states. ‘An audience with Nick Elliott’, will hear Nick reminiscing, and answering questions about his unique life as a renowned rock art photographer. A no holds barred recollection of his life back backstage, his childhood and a private life that has shaped him into the person that he is today. No subject will be off-limits!

During the tour Nick will be attending signings of his new book, intimate guest appearances, radio and TV interviews. A new range of Nick Elliott memorabilia and apparel, specifically designed for the tour will also be available to purchase.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to work with Brenda. I’m looking forward to getting back to the USA“ (Nick Elliott)

A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE, VIRTUAL TOUR

With the assistance of Aturn Film Productions, Nick is compiling his first ever virtual fine photographic exhibition.

The virtual exhibition will display a cacophony of Nicks fine art creations, spanning from unseen rock photography to some of his controversial, dark art conceptual images. Several select art galleries across the UK are ready to host its first showing before it’s released onto selective Internet platforms.

Collectors, new clients and Nicks loyal fan base will have the unique opportunity to experience the virtual exhibition to observe many previously unseen works of art displayed in the most daringly innovative way possible. Underlining the true Nick Elliott style.

“This is a great fun to do with my good friend Andy. We are continuing to find ways to bring the creative industry into peoples homes to keep it alive in such times. “ (Nick Elliott)

2021…..DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE IT COULD STILL TURN INTO A SHOCKER!

Nick and the team at Elliott studios welcome is in a new and exciting year that promises to be full of delightfully exhilarating projects.

Nick is excited to announce his ongoing support of Pancreatic Cancer Action via his new project, ‘One Role’, in remembrance of his beloved mum, who died of pancreatic cancer. A conceptional final project that Nick is in the process of shooting entails a portraiture photographic shoot of selected celebrities as you have never seen them before.

The finished product will be presented in a fine art publication and will contain a delicate combination of written word from an informal interview and images of artists that reflect their sentiments.

Available to purchase through Nicks official website and selective photographic outlets. Nick is donating a percentage of all sales to the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity and hopes to surpass his original target of £2500. If you would like to support this worthwhile cause you can visit Nicks Just Giving Page on his official website.

Many artists that Nick has previously had the pleasure to work with have already expressed their interest in being associated with the project. Nick is also in discussions with other musicians and TV/film personalities who he hopes to be included in such a worthwhile cause.

“After living through perhaps the worst experience of my life, I feel that I can now do something that will help make a difference to identifying early diagnosis and improve survival rates. “ ( Nick Elliott.)

Nick is also working on his first ever virtual fine art photographic exhibition, in preparation for its release on selective Internet platforms. Several art galleries are already lined up to host his first showing which is created quite a buzz at Elliott Studios.

Nick’s loyal fan base and collectors along with new clients, will have the opportunity to partake in the virtual tour to see previously unseen works of art displayed in the most innovative way.

“Under the present circumstances, this allows a wider audience to visit my exhibitions and enjoy my art from the comfort of their own homes. There is some new and fabulous artwork on show which introduce them to a previously unseen facet of Nick Elliott. “ (Nick Elliott)

Nick’s ongoing Rockumentary series continues with a pictorial documentation of chart topping band Dead Reynolds and love song loser John peach. Both projects will result in a body of fine art images for book publication in the continued series, and images for band merchandise.

Nick’s close association with Aturn Films progresses with the continuation of ‘The Story So Far’. A revealing documentary about the life of Nick Eliott, due for screening at selective cinemas, terrestrial TV and Amazon Prime.

“Filming is proving a little difficult during lockdown, so we have adapted to the circumstances and started to film segments at Elliott Studios which is quite a laugh as the JD starts flowing.

Andy Blithe and Nick are still going crazy in Norfolk with the adventures of “Two go mad in Norfolk”. The boys can be found filming in Nicks home county of Norfolk so keep on the lookout for them on their travels. Penthouse I is already on the road and Penthouse II ready to dip her bows in the water to add to the Norfolk shenanigans. Once editing commences the Two Go Mad series will be released on YouTube and other social media sites.

Plans continue to be finalised for Nicks UK to USA tour under the careful guidance of Brenda Cline, Nick Elliott exclusive US management, of the Workhorse 615 Entertainment Group. The tour will compromise of ticketed theatre shows across several US states as an audience with Nick Elliott. Nick will regale a no holds barred recollection of backstage life, his career as a renowned Rock Art photographer and his private life that shaped him into the person he is today. No subject will be taboo.

As part of the US tour, Nick will also be attending book signings, intimate guest appearances, radio shows and TV interviews.

“Can’t wait to get back to the USA “. (Nick Elliott)

Just some of the exciting new projects that Nick and the Elliott studio team are delighted to present to you for 2021.

“Stay careful and stay safe. Let’s all look forward to when Boris lifts the curtain on new times “. (Nick Elliott)

I’m ready for my close-up Mr Elliott…

Familiar with this genre, Nick has already developed concept art and directed four music videos. Nick’s extensive film history also spans to appearances in front of the lens. He has starred in cameo roles for Gary Curtis and Ed Graham’s music videos to name a select few, and continues to light up the screen with his ongoing documentary, “The Story so far” Filmed by a Aturn films.

Nick‘s natural progression to filmmaking will result in many new projects off the drawing board, to come out of elliottstudios.

Some of the new concepts include short films for submission to film festivals, commissioned music videos and documentaries.

“Having been approached many times to shoot music videos, the concept of moving into filmmaking seems a natural progression to extend my creativity. It’s a concept that I’ve been considering and kicking about for two years. Over the last year, the face of the music industry has changed, and how artists present themselves has changed also. Music videos and live streaming allowed me to keep up with these changes.

Exciting or what!!

When Will I See You Again……….

………….This Tuesday is the answer!

Nothing can keep Nick and his good friend Alex Lewczuk apart. This Tuesday will see them collaborating in their individual studios to continue the all-time favourite ‘Sounds and Nicks Vision’ volume 56.

Nick will be working in his new state of the art recording studio to keep the music flowing to his listeners.

The show will be slightly shorter than the other episodes but will still contain all the favourite tunes that Nick and Alex has to offer.

It will be a welcomed respite from an industry that has seen many struggles over the last nine months.

Airing of the show will hopefully be sometime this week, so keep your ear to the radio for more information

Thank you guys for keeping music live.