Who or what influenced you to become an artist?
Possibly the need to escape corporate life? I’ve been wearing a suit all my life so even though I love my day job, photography is an escape, something I can do on my own terms, with no rules or constraints. I am creating something that will last, I hope; something that goes beyond only focusing on making money.
What motivates you to do what you do?
I want to be known as one of London’s best photographers; so the aim is pretty high. The feedback I get from people is important and a big motivator. The constant need to improve is a big factor too.
If you could work alongside any one artist, who would it be?
I can’t really see how that could happen. I often hear people ask to collaborate on a project, but that would involve one person looking through the viewfinder and the other pressing the shutter button. For me anyway, photography is a very personal thing.
What method / technique do you use and why?
I use new techniques all the time to cover the full spectrum in photography. So as my focus is London, it means I can work on urban landscapes, architecture, interiors, shooting street art and graffiti, street photography (people in their everyday lives), etc.
Each of the above have their own challenges.
Do you have a special style in your artwork that can single you out, like strokes in a painting?
Some people say they can recognize my photography. I guess there are some elements that keep coming back. I look for humour when possible in my street photography. I usually include dramatic skies in my urban landscapes. I like to capture motion; many shots with people capture the blur of the movement. My compositions are usually really tight and a lot of attention goes into them.
Amongst your artworks, which ones are your favourites? Why?
It changes constantly. I think most artists will agree that one day you create something you think is great and then you look back at it 6 months later and it’s not that great anymore. There is a very small handful of my photos that I never get tired of but that’s rare. I guess that may be what makes a great shot. What excites me is what I haven’t shot yet.
What are you working on now?
Two big projects:
The first one is a website I launched on 31st January. Check it out: www.streetphotographylondon.co.uk. A collective of some of London’s best street photographers.
The second, is my 2014 solo show which will take place this summer for the opening of the new Hoxton Hotel in Holborn. It’ll be my greatest show to date and it’s going to be BIG.
What would you like to be remembered for?
For being a good guy and one who captured the essence of London.
What goal are you working towards within your artwork and when will you know you have reached it?
My goal is to be considered one of London’s best photographers. One who has managed to capture it in as many ways as it is. But it’s a city that is constantly changing so I will probably never quite reach it.
What would you advise to anyone starting out in art?
Have your own website. Make it simple and clean. Only feature your very best work. Have a good attitude, be friendly, help people out when possible. Work on social media and networking as it’s the key to success provided your work doesn’t completely suck.
On a less serious note, what is the one item you always need with you?
I guess my camera’s kind of important.
Biography & Information
Nico was born in the UK, raised in France and now back in London since 1999. Olympus user and ambassador, his work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions here in London and published in print and online internationally.
Street Photography London Collective on Twitter: @streetphotogldn
Street Photography London Collective’s website: www.streetphotographylondon.co.uk