Me at the @YOUNGGALLANTS photoshoot the other day. #fashion #smoke #nofilter
A sample shot from yesterday’s lookbook shoot with @YOUNGGALLANTS featuring @mxaddict3d, @danwilliams_m and @lauraaloha.
Camera set up for photographing Mud the other night
JONATHAN CHERRY: What got you started with photography?
NIK YOUNG: My Dad has always carried a camera around with him. When I was a lot younger he often had a Canon AE-1 hanging around his neck and a belt loaded with lens cases, and I was always fascinated. I got my first camera for a birthday when I was about 5 or 6, and I would photograph literally everything (which pissed my parents off no end when they would pay for my film to be developed only to find countless pictures of bollards and other such everyday objects) and everything about the process fascinated me. Its an interest that has grown and grown, and even before I had the opportunity to study it at college, and further at university combined with graphic design, I would always have a camera with me.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the moment?
NY: A friend of mine called Georgina Wrench currently has her first solo exhibition showing at Nottinghams Lakeside Gallery. She is exhibiting an amazing series called “Documenting My Father”, which focuses on the experiences her and her family have gone through during her fathers ongoing struggle with alcoholism. Also, I write an almost weekly photography column for a blog called Cannot Be Found , which focuses on emerging young artists, which gives me constant exposure to awesome young talent, including Jody Daunton, Leah Durant and Imantas Selenis.
JC: Whats your current project all about?
NY: I have just started a joint project with some of my friends who were in my year at Uni focussing on retelling the story of Frankenstein. Its just a bit of fun that may or may not pick up steam on the eventual run up to Hallowe’en. Im not entirely sure what my plan for it is yet, but it will have something to do with the Diana Deluxe kit that I bought a few weeks ago and a giant rubber Frankensteins monster mask that was given to me in a nightclub toilet last Hallowe’en by a guy who was only a little more drunk than me.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
NY: Since finishing university last summer I have been living with my parents in Leicester with an overdraft hanging over my head. Thankfully they are super supportive and with some help from them my overdraft is cleared and I can afford to hunt for work outside the city. I’m pretty comfortable at the moment but as soon as the opportunity arises I would love to move back into a city centre, I am a little far out at the moment. I do a lot of work with a local arts and music collective called MUD as their photographer which would not have been possible had I not been living in Leicester, so its faring quite nicely for me at the moment.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
NY: I would advise new graduates to not pass up any opportunity no matter how little you feel it will impact your future. You can’t underestimate the effect that having charity or volunteer work on your CV will have on prospective job applications. Also, get a website set up as soon as you can, there are so many easy ways of creating a unique webspace with even minimal web design skills, and putting it live costs next to nothing. Finally, getting work is really tough, its a competitive field and there are countless others fighting for the same job as you. But just keep honing your skills and don’t stop applying!
JC: Any big plans for 2012?
NY: By the end of 2012 I would like to have travelled a bit more and perhaps have some of my work exhibited. I haven’t got a fixed plan of action for the rest of the year other than expand my client base and get a job somewhere within the industry. I have a degree in Graphic Design and Photography and so I will be looking to utilise that within the industry as best I can.
JC: Favourite tree?
NY: A good strong one with loads of limbs that I can climb up.
Editing a few more of the growing collection of shots of @brothersinktatt hard at work, imagine this without the watermark ;) #tattoo #tattooist #brothersink #leicester (Taken with Instagram)
I finally finished the Trash Coast edits, I’m excited for them to see the light of day. Probably tomorrow I guess. In other news, I found an app to do watermarks on iPhone. Productive day… (Taken with Instagram)