Feb 20, 2017
Nick is a young Australian photographer who creates minimal and eloquent images that invite the spectator to fill in the gaps. His photographs are like gentle suggestions of a big narrative that unfolds over time, thus provoking a strong desire to await and see what’s coming next. In his frames, where we can also notice a pop-art influence, it is possible to perceive a careful observation of the scene and a trained eye that knows what is looking for, and as a consequence his images are always aesthetically pleasant to watch.
Following we present an interview we had with Nick:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
NP - My name is Nick Prideaux and I am originally from Byron Bay, Australia. I studied film production and screenwriting in Melbourne before moving to Tokyo where I lived for 5 years. I’m currently working as a freelance photographer and occasional English Language teacher in Bangkok.
am - How did you start in photography?
NP - I studied dark room photography in high school and one of my first jobs out of school was working in a photo lab. I began taking photos in between film projects as it was a nice creative outlet for me and I enjoyed the spontaneity of it. About 3 years ago I committed to photography with a more serious approach and since then I’ve decided to pursue it further.
am - What inspires your work?
NP - I watch a lot of movies, so cinema has an immense inspiration in what I do. Browsing through my daily Instagram and Tumblr feeds are a good source of stimulus and doing so always motivates me to go out and shoot more.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
NP - Ren Hang, Lina Scheynius, Nan Goldin and William Eggleston are my favorite photographers. As far as artists in other creative fields I love Frank Ocean, m83 and Burial for music and Wong Kar-Wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for film directors.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
NP - I’ve lived in Bangkok for almost a year but still have so much to see of the city, so I try to spend my free time exploring and drinking coffee. I read (a kind of new years resolution to do more of) listen to music and go to the cinema. I teach English here part-time, so I’m at my school a few days a week.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
NP - I would love to spend a year in Greece moving from island to island.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
NP - Recently I’ve been listening to Sampha, Sade and the Moderat live album. How to Dress Well’s track ‘Can’t U Tell’ has been on repeat a lot lately too.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
NP - Today it’s ‘In the Mood For Love’.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
NP - Takashi Homma - Tokyo Suburbia
am - Thank you very much for your time and contribution.