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!!

Part 2…Q&A with Nick

Q1. Is there any rockstar that you would want to photograph? (Marielle B. Uk)

A1. Well, that’s an easy one. Without a doubt it would be Rory Gallagher. The guy is a legend, and he is responsible with a few others for influencing my taste in music.

Q2. Cats or dogs? (Jules. S. London UK)

A2. I love all animals, but I’m going to have to go with dogs. My schnauzer friend Dudley is the best.

Q3. If you had a dinner party who would you invite, alive or dead and why. (Luisa. C. Bournemouth UK)

A3. My mum, just to see her and speak with her again. My dad for the same reasons and to ask him some questions that I never had the opportunity to before he died. Rory Gallagher, his music created a defining moment in my life, and David Bailey who I personally think changed the face of contemporary photography. And I would cook my rock ‘n’ roll chilli!

Q4. In your opinion what is the best camera that you have taken a picture with? (Jordan. Leeds UK)

A4. All cameras have different virtues. The The best camera I have ever used is a Canon. They are completely versatile, and whilst digital photography produces fantastic results, it shooting on a roll of film that separates the experts from the happy snappers. You can’t preview a shot, it’s totally reliant on light, exposure and an expert eye, when you use film. My Mamiya 67 is also a wonderful camera and a total pleasure to have in my hands.

Q5. Your house is burning down and you can only save two items what do you save.? (Lucas Leicester UK)

A5. Hi this is difficult because there are lots of things I would save, but it would have to be my memorabilia box. It contains many priceless things my mum and dad brought me when I was growing up. The second item would either be my partner Benice, or my Rolleiflex camera……I guess it’s going to have to be my Rolleiflex! She’s going to kill me when she reads this!

Q6. What is it like working with Robert Plant? Who have been the best rock band that you have worked with? (Janice S Bedford UK)

A6. Hi Jan, Robert Plant is one of my true heroes. He is a truly captivating bloke to talk to, extremely polite and down-to-earth. When I walked past him for the first time backstage, I actually shook with excitement, he’s been a massive part of my life musically. Led Zeppelin were my introduction to rock music and has remained at the core even to this day. There have been many bands that have been wonderful to work with, Rival sons, The Blockheads, Alice Cooper and Wilco Johnson to name just a few.

Q7. What influences your unique style of photography and how have you developed this? (Chris J Devon UK)

A7. The biggest influences on my style of photography where my dad at an early age, Terence Donovan, Patrick Litchfield and David Bailey who was my biggest inspiration. I also found inspiration in classic British black-and-white films and film Noir. They have so much atmosphere. My style developed with these influences that allowed me the freedom to express myself in my art and dare to push the boundaries of photography. Music also played a part in developing my inner awareness. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd was the LSD of the music world.

Q8. Who are the best bands that you have seen live? (Paul T Newport UK)

A8. Hi Paul. I’ve seen many bands ,and artists that have had an immense impact on me as a creative and personally. The most prolific band that comes to mind is AC/DC, that gig changed my life to the core. Although I never shot him, Rory Gallagher was incredible, I saw him play three times. Others that were so wonderful to witness and be part of a musical union were Joanne Shaw Taylor, status quo, the darkness, ZZ Top, Metallica, levellers, and Ozzy.

Q9. Do you wear some pretty cool clothes. Do you always dress like this? I am taking a fashion degree at Leeds University and your dress sense inspires me. (Sam O Leeds UK)

A9. The contents of my wardrobe are a total expression of myself. Over the last few years I have become more experimental with my look, and it’s really liberating. It’s given me extra confidence and keeps me in touch with my inner self. I believe that what you wear represents your personality and identifies us as a person. Nothing should be off-limits. I feel people who judge others fashion sense are trapped in a mediocre, expressionless existence and can’t identify with themselves. So mix the colours up, wear spots and stripes and do what you Gotta do. Good luck with the studies Sam.

Q10. Are you a tit or a bum man? (Mark W Oxford UK)

A10. Tits every time!

If you have a question for Nick please send it to Benicebond@icloud.com and we will include them in the next Q&A session. please note some questions have been shortened.

I Need a Hero……….

Triston Finnis proved his tenacity and passion for live music over the weekend, bringing it to a field in front of hundreds of like-minded people. The Socially Distanced Festival organised by Twisted Melon Promotions was a refreshing and welcomed re-introduction to festival fever by audiences and performers alike. The excitement and electric atmosphere was palpable as festival goers soaked up the sun and music.

Backstage the performers turned up, strummed and tapped, eagerly waiting for their set time. The festival was organised to perfection, adhering to all social distancing and COVID-19 government guidelines. Nick was invited to the festival to continue his Rockumentary project with the talented Jon peach, whose set in the acoustic tent was a resounding success. Nick chatted backstage with Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation and the Ska Billy Rebels, both from the popular 1980s band ‘The Specials’. Saturday nights highlight,was witnessing Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison,rock the crowd to a selection of their original alternative rock tracks. Nick captured the band in his unique rock ‘n’ roll style whilst they shook the stage and filled the air with electricity.

“ The Socially Distanced Festival was a resounding success. Hopefully many more to come. I give my full support to Triston Finnis and his team for sticking it out to make this work so well despite being subject to heavy flak during the whole process of putting it together. See you next year“. (Nick Elliott)

Thanks to Triston Finnis and Twisted Melon Promotions for proving that with these kind of organisational skills it is still viable to continue with these events,in a forgotten industry that has been left to fend for itself.

Nick Elliott,The Story So Far….so far

Nick is delighted with the responses and interest shown in a new one hour production by Aturn films documenting his life as a rock art photographer.

Nicks stylish career choices have led him on an unusual journey of life, sprinkled with celebrities and topped with an unmistakable gift of creating art. Despite his desirable lifestyle, Nick keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

“ I believe you should never forget your roots and remember where you came from and who made you. You should never lose your head up your own arse, because no player is bigger than the club“ (Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer)

So when Rob Harvey, radio host and producer, featured ‘The story so far’ in his popular ‘TheRob Harvey DJ daily’, Nick and the Elliott Studio team were thrilled to be included in such a well respected publication.

“It was a very pleasant surprise to see the story featured in Robs DJ daily press” (Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer).

Meanwhile, ‘The story so far’ documentary continues in its production with Aturn films, owned, produced and directed by Andy Turner. Andys previous documentary The Heart of a Lion’, is scheduled to be screened at Norwich open air cinema next week, current COVID 19 guidelines permitting.

‘Nick Elliott, The Story So Far’ is scheduled to finish shooting next year. Watch this space for further updates.

I’ve got 99 problems but The Peach ain’t one.

Nick and Jon catch up for a little chat… The faint sound of live music can be heard across the country as it trickles back onto the empty waiting stages, like rainwater refreshing a parched riverbed. Jon Peach, a tall drink of water with a hint of bourbon, has been breaking hearts since he first picked up his guitar. His unique vocal style and musical talent was an invigorating welcome onstage at The Mariners rest, Lowestoft, last week. It was an intimate, invite only gig, allowing social distancing and raising funds for the Carlfest charity. Jon and his brother Justin, bass and acoustic guitar, took centre stage at the mini three day festival and delivered a thirst quenching performance with 15 other acts and virtually broadcast to over 10,000 people via social media.

Our very own Nick Elliott was in attendance, bringing his unmistakable style and Va va voom to the rock photography world. Nick continues his Rockumentary project with Jon and whilst he made magic on stage, Nick captured the magical heart and soul of this seasoned performer.

Jon revitalised the audience with a selection of tracks from his band ‘Pray for the Buffalo’ and his newly released solo tracks from ‘Love Songs For Losers…‘

“I continue to repeat bad relationship choices because that’s the only way I can write such good Love Songs For Losers…!” (Jon Peach)

Nicks rockumentary series continues over the next 12 months with Jon, and has expanded to involve other mainstream bands and artists which will be announced after finalising negotiations.

In the meantime don’t forget to visit the nick elliott shop and peruse hundreds of new images of all your favourite rock bands.

“This was a great start to what I’m sure will turn out to be a wonderful body of work and a fantastic project to work on. I’m looking forward very much to producing these images and spending time with Jon. He’s a dear friend, I’m sure we’re gonna have a lot of giggles, and a lot of fun along the way. Should be a fucking blast”. (Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer)

The Story So Far…

Aturn films, owned by Andy Turner approached Nick some time ago with a proposal that was just too good to pass up. Filming has now commenced on a no holds barred documentary about Nick‘s life, his grass root beginnings and his rise to renowned rock art photographer, taking his place amongst some of the most revered photographers the world has to offer.

“I met Nick some 10 years ago through printed media, we have stayed in touch on and off since then.”

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

The candid documentary delves within the layers of Nick’s personality and allows viewers a sincere insight into what makes this artistic,tick both behind and in front of the lens.

“Knowing how passionate Nick was about his work I knew I needed to document his life to where he is now, warts and all, and show people how life within the art world is full of peaks and troughs”

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

Nick talks openly about his career as a newspaper photographer, his first studio, how he took the advertising industry by storm, working within the rock art industry, his totally unique and captivating images depicting his beloved Norfolk and his slow descent into a hideously despondent private world, following several personal tragedies that have shaped his future art for good.

“ Nick made me aware of some new exciting projects he was working on that was somewhat different compare to his usual fine art rock photography“

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

Nick chats transparently to Aturn Films and discusses life events that have brought him here today, events which have impacted on his perception of art, and his relentless passion to make a difference within the creative industry. He discusses his family, his colourful childhood tinted by his Eastend roots, his emotional frustrations within a failed marriage, and his desire to be secluded from the idiosyncrasies of modern day society.

“Nick is one of the coolest and nicest people I know, and following his story over the coming months will bring a rare insight into the mind of a creative at their best”

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

Filming takes place over the next few months on locations throughout the UK. Once completed, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in this enthralling documentary via Netflix, Amazon prime, and terrestrial TV.

“I feel so pleased and excited about this Aturn film documentary. It’s straight out of the desk and totally unedited. I would very much like to thank Andy for the opportunity to tell my story and look forward to creating something fantastic during our joint collaboration as it progresses”

It’s Rock n’ Roll!

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer…

A Peachy Proposal…

A hot sunny day and a burger on the beach was a welcome prelude to the two heavyweights of the music and rock photography Industry, discussing an exciting new collaboration that will continue Nick Elliott’s Rockumentary series.

As Nick’s Rockumentary projects with Earl Slick and Ed Graham draw to a close, Nick has found himself in the exciting and unique position to choose select individuals within the music industry to photographically document and continue his series of fine art photographic publications.

Great Yarmouth’s jewel in the crown, Jon Peach Is a singer songwriter who has carved an enviable and well respected career within the music industry. Writing and performing with ‘Pray for the Buffalo’ and ‘Junk Shop Poets, Jon has just completed his phenomenal solo project ‘Love Songs For Losers’, which was born out of his passion for beat poetry and storytelling love songs. The Rockumentary, taking approximately one year to capture, allows Nick to shadow Jon during shows, rehearsals, recordings and leisure time.“

“I’m really looking forward to working with Nick we are going to have a great time, do or die it’s going to be fucking fun’!

Jon Peach Singer/Songwriter.

During the production of the Rockumentary, there will be an opportunity for Nick to shoot some surprise guests that Jon will be working closely with over the next year.

“I think this project with Jon will turn out to be a fabulous body of work, plus I think we’ll have a real blast while working together over the next 12 months. Jon has a fantastic look and that is such a big part of the Rockumentary project’s that I do it’s going to make a fabulous book’!

“I’m mad for it”!!

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer

When life gives you lemons, choose a peach…

A personal experience of loss by nick elliott

Continuing after dark side of my mind Nick has followed up with an equally thought-provoking exploration of his personal experiences of loss.

“These images are an expression of my own experiences of personal loss. They are meant to disturb you, they’re meant to shock you, they are meant to upset you that’s what loss represents.

Nick Elliott

Nick has produced a collection of powerfully hard-hitting and disturbing images depicting his personal loss. Whilst dissecting his own feelings of loss through the years, Nick has pulled on all of his resources to create a groundbreaking, self expressive and visually shocking display of loss.

These images are like nothing ever before taken by Nick Elliott. There are a total contrast to his rock art photography, which invoke many personal emotions from the artist himself.

The self representation of these images is a total step away from anything Nick has created previously, and it takes him from the viewfinder to the front of the camera.

These images will be exhibited in selected galleries around London and Europe next year.

Out of the Darkness with Ed Graham…

7E131DF1-2D46-46DA-BB77-F2D77AC3EC5CSince Ed Graham left the darkness and nurtured his own band ‘Puppets to the Supreme Commander’ ;  Nick has been documenting Ed’s  professional and personal development by creating pieces of fine art through the medium of photography.

The project titled “Out of the Darkness” ,  allowed Nick to document Ed’s  creative musical genius,  capturing the founder member of the one of the biggest rock bands that the UK is ever produced.

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Nick has been collaborating with Ed for the past 3  1/2 years and is nearing completion. The end product will be a fine art coffee table book, containing candid shots of Ed in the unique style that is Nick Elliott.

” It’s always been a great pleasure to work with Ed Graham.  Not only do I appreciate his musical creativity but his friendship too”

Nick elliott rock art photographer…

Nick and Slick…

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Nick’s long-standing project with Earl Slick is nearing its completion.  For the last four years Nick has been shooting Earl for a fine art book containing candid and performance shots of this music legend.

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Earl, David Bowie‘s lead guitarist who toured with him for several years, takes the opportunity to hook up with Nick when he’s over from the USA, to continue the project.

Nick’s fine art photographic book will be released early next year in conjunction with Earl’s autobiography published by Penguin, depicting his work with the musical heavyweights such as John Lennon and the New York dolls.

 

“ Throughout the time of working with this Legendury artist we have become very close friends and I consider this an absolute pleasure and honour to have had this opportunity to work with this great player“
Nick Elliott rock art photographer…