Q & A. PART 12…

Q1. What is the one thing that you know now that you wished you knew when you were 20 years old? (Jason D. Essex UK)

A1. It’s not wrong to be different and be your true self. (Nick Elliott)

Q2. How do you improve your photography over the years? (B Angus Lincoln UK)

A2. My photography has improved because I no longer care, because caring means conforming and I have never conformed creativity to anything in my life. (Nick Elliott)

Q3. What does producing your images mean to you? Great fan of your work. I’m looking forward to seeing your Dark Art. (D Ellis London UK)

A3. The importance of my work to me, is immeasurable really. Each image is an expression of emotions, feelings, attitudes and moods. It’s an addiction rather than a want, to produce art, and when I can’t it makes me restless. ( Nick Elliott)

Q4. What type of cameras and lenses do you use? (JD Barker Norfolk.UK.)

A4. I’ve always used a combination of Canon, Roliflex and Mamyia cameras. My lenses are Canon EF. (Nick Elliott)

Q5. Can you tell me what tools you use to post produce and edit your images? What makes you realise you have a great image? (H Graeme. Hindleveston. UK)

A5. I edit through Photoshop. I always do 2 edits, first one to chop out the shit and the second to narrow it down tighter to see if the image will work as I initially saw it. When I see the shot I normally see it in black-and-white, not all images work in colour and vice versa. The image is about a statement and style and that interpretation can get lost if not post produced correctly. It’s about a deeper understanding of shadows, light, subjects, angles and individual style.

“Although Photoshop is the tool I use to edit and post produce my images, my eyes and sense of connection with my art and surroundings, delivers the message I want to convey”. (Nick Elliott)

Thank you for all your questions. Nick loves to answer them. If you have a question for Nick please send it to benicebond@icloud.com

UN TRATTAMENTO ITALIANO

(AN ITALIAN TREAT)

Nick‘s growing Italian fan base are in for a treat next year.

Raffy Clementi heads the Nick Elliott Italian page, she helps organise opportunities within the European fine art market, liaises with Italian businesses for sponsorships and negotiates TV and radio interviews, for Nick and elliottstudios. Raffy continues to make the Italian page a resounding success with an ever increasing Nick Elliott fan base and recognition from main stream musicians and rock bands.

Raffy has organised European sales of Nick’s fine art images, interpreting negotiations between Italian clients and elliottstudios.

After discussions at elliottstudios it has been decided that ‘The Story So Far’, Nick’s documentary charting his career and life should be released in Italy, fully translated with Italian subtitles.

This allows ‘The Story So Far’ documentary, produced by award-winning director Andy Blithe of Aturn Films to reach a wider audience across Europe.

“I’m so pleased about the growth of my Italian following and the interest in my art. Italy has always been a country that appreciates art, fashion and style”. (Nick elliott)

NATTERING AND CHATTERING…

Nick has had several interview invites recently, for dissemination in various local magazines and online news publications.

The Norfolk Broads was the most delightful of locations for an interview with John Kerrison, during a warm sunny day at the waters edge. Nick discussed in great depth his latest projects and recent negotiations for his continued workload at elliottstudios. Nick revealed his future plans for the rebranding of elliottstudios, and the complex process of producing and printing his three new publications containing archived unseen images, one of the publications will accompany his USA and UK tours.

Nick also talked about his exciting new experiences of organising his UK and USA tours, the venues that have been sourced and that have accepted his show, the tours content that sees Nick appearing before an audience to discuss his unique life within the rock industry, his personal life, his childhood, his iconic rock images and his reasoning behind his photographic diversity towards his recent dark art images.

Nick also described his experience of lockdown and how his personal revaluation kept elliottstudios financially viable during one of the most difficult times for self-employed creatives.

Additional interviews between Nick, and Lynn News freelance journalist and photographer Jon Seymour have also been completed. All interviews will be published in Norfolk and Suffolk Magazine, Suffolk Magazine, Lynn News, and King’s Lynn Online during December. Look out for these exclusive interviews to gain a comprehensive insight to Nick Elliott

“Really pleased to be asked to do these interviews. I love Norfolk and Suffolk lifestyle magazines, it’s a very nice publication”. (Nick Elliott)

U.K. TO USA AND BACK AGAIN…

Nick has been busy filming several show reels to accompany his USA and UK tours as promotional material. The reels will be distributed to potential booking agents and additional dates added to the current USA and UK tour dates.

Due to the current pandemic issues, Nick’s tours have been temporarily rescheduled for 2022, however these restrictions have been advantageous to add additional tour dates and venues.

Nick‘s tour managers, Brenda Cline (USA) and Lee Williams (UK) continue to work closely with Nick in preparation for next year. The shows content will include an audience with Nick Elliott, where Nick recounts his life and career as a rock art photographer, anecdotes, personal stories, and backstage secrets, followed by an opportunity to ask questions, a meet and greet, and special appearances.

The Tours will also include an exhibition of specifically selected unseen rock art images and copies of Nick’s new rock art book, personally signed by the man himself.

“I’m looking forward to getting the tours off the ground We have restructured the shows and added material to make it a totally exceptional and personal experience for the audience.” (Nick Elliott)

Q & A PART 11…

Q1. Who do you create your art for, yourself or the buyers market? (M. Padilla. Rome)

A1. I always create my art for myself. There are boxes for me to tick of statements, expression and attitudes that are personal to me. It’s important that I shoot what I need to, in order to feel fulfilled creatively. (Nick Elliott)

Q2. Your new series ‘2 go mad in Norfolk’ looks really good fun. When will it be available to view? (J. Glover. UK)

A2. We are hoping that it will be sometime around spring 2022. The correlation of the shows is presently in edit. If you would like to keep updated with the shows go to nickelliott.info for more details and release dates. (Nick Elliott)

Q3. How often do you workout? In your photos you look pretty fit. (J. Hale. UK)

A3. Depends when she’s in the mood!!! (Nick Elliott)

Q4. What question do you always hate to answer but get asked the most? Big fan of your work, by the way. Are you single? (Kathy Shaw. Florida )

A4. Hi Kathy, the question that I hate the most is ‘What equipment do you use?’ As I’ve said before you can use any camera and still create pieces of art. Thank you for liking my work I appreciate your support. No I’m not single , very much spoken for. (Nick Elliott)

Q5. What’s the strangest thing about you and how do you hide it, if you do? (B. Gutierrez. Italy)

A5. I suffer from OCD and yes I do work hard to keep it under wraps. (Nick Elliott)

If you have a question that you would like Nick to answer please send it to benicebond@icloud.com

2 GO MAD ON A BOAT…

The ‘2 Go Mad in Norfolk’ series continues filming across the picturesque county of Norfolk with Nick, and award-winning film producer, Andy Blithe Aturn Film productions.

The latest escapade saw the duo let loose on the Norfolk Broads aboard the Love Boat, Penthouse 2, with Andy at the helm.

‘2 Go Mad’ has been filming across the county of Norfolk, sampling local attractions creating tourism and local awareness to the delights this fantastic county has to offer. Several episodes have already been completed, with more dates and venues booked for filming before December. The series is due to air early next year.

“Every time we do a show I think he gets better and better. The comedic chemistry between Andy and I is really wonderful.” (Nick Elliott.)

If you have a Business/attraction that you would like to feature in the ‘2 Go Mad’ series please contact Nicks PA at annie@anniebrookes.com for consideration.

For further updates on the show, where filming is taking place and the latest news visit nickelliottrock.info

Q & A. Part 10…

Q1. What are your values for your photography and how do you measure and evaluate them?. (N. Rogers. U.K.)

A1. The values of my images are personally measured with integrity, honesty, authenticity and trust, based on my own known values of morality, integrity and ethics. However, my owns values are not subjected onto others, my images portray my own unique opinion within my own boundaries of creativity and art. (Nick Elliott)

Q2. Do you always see photographic opportunities wherever you go? (J. Brewer. London U.K.)

A2. Yes, pretty much. There is photographic opportunities out there wherever you look, but opportunities to create art are sometimes limited. It’s a representation of oneself, and what you see individually that sets us apart, it’s the opportunity to just take a picture of a moment, or create a piece of individual art, and all art is subjective. ( Nick Elliott)

Q3. I find your recent dark art project is quite intriguing and I’m looking forward to viewing the whole collection. Is this the direction your art is going in now? What about the fear of failure or rejection? (V. Huber. Manchester U.K.)

Q3. Yes it is the direction that my art is going. Creatively this is something that I have to explore which has previously been denied. Unfortunately the fear of failure and rejection is something every artist has to live with because it’s inevitable as art is so personal. If my art gives me satisfaction and evokes an emotion from its audience, wether that be positive or negative, then I feel I have achieved my goal. Art is designed to stir a broad range of emotions from its audience, from repulsion to inspiration. No art can be classed as rubbish, it’s just personal to the viewer wether they find it intriguing and captivating. (Nick Elliott)

Q4. What type of camera do you recommend for an amateur photographer? (J Snow Wales UK)

Q4. What ever one the photographer feels comfortable with. It’s a personal choice. The camera should be an extension of your body, considering balance, weight and even how you carry them. You can create a fantastic photo on one of the most inexpensive cameras, it’s all about your eye, the opportunity and the camera being an extension of you, and how comfortable and capable you are with using it which leads to proficiency. (Nick Elliott)

Q5. I’m struggling with my photography. I can’t seem to make the most of natural light and when I use the flash things look washed out. Have you any tips? (D. Rivers. Birmingham UK)

A5. They are probably washed out because they are overexposed. Shooting on manual brings its own problems, capturing natural light is a technique in itself. You need to know and understand how your camera reads natural light, all different makes of cameras read natural light differently. This is what makes film photography much more difficult than digital. Always shoot on manual, understand your cameras capabilities and bracket your shot. Experiment with lots of different natural light situations and practice. This is all part of the creativity and fun of photography. Hope this helps. (Nick Elliott)

Nick thanks you for all your questions. He will answer all questions that are sent. If you have a question for him please submit it to Benicebond@icloud.com

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

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)

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.

Rocking it up….Nashville style

If you are missing your live music daily dose you can tune into Nick Elliott’s ‘Sound and Nicks Vision’ at Southside Broadcasting and listen to all 55 podcasts. Containing scintillating conversation and superb tunes, take a listen and give yourself an audio treat.

Nick‘s new radio show, ‘A night in with Nick Elliott’ has regrettably been briefly rescheduled due to the difficulties of this year. The new launch date will be in the Autumn. Nick is working hard at Elliottstudios collaborating and producing the show to be aired via podcast.

Another new radio show, with a solo Nick at the helm, he is due to be launched mid 2020. ‘Country rock with Nick Elliott’ will be broadcast on CMR Nashville Radiio Station, owned by Lee Williams and can be heard worldwide, stretching over 68 countries. Keep tuned for further details.

“ Country Rock radio is a diversion from my usual music genre but I’m looking forward to bringing my own unique style of classic rock to country rock radio. I’m a big fan of the USA particular Nashville and its musical heritage. it’s great to be back in Nashville“

Nick Elliott rock art photographer