After studying at The Chelsea School Art, Nic moved to the Sussex coast and discovered a passion for photography. Nic has been with Surface View since we first began, and his eye for the epic as well as the beautiful in nature has made him a favourite of ours. The natural world is a source of constant inspiration to him:
“Being so close to the South Downs and the sea inspired me to try to capture some of the beauty that fills every season. I’m endlessly fascinated by the patterns and textures of nature and natural forms; from the ever-changing colours of the sky over the sea on a winters day, to the intricate patterns that can be seen when photographing or illustrating nature in close up”.
Nic’s Surface View collection includes more than photography – he also fuses it with his talents as an artist and illustrator, a combination which can be seen most vividly in the ‘Abstract’ collection, a series of beautiful botanical patterns and abstract images. While Nic’s collection continues to grow, we insisted that he tell us which of his striking images he loves best:
“One of my favourite images is Birds in Flight. Shot very close to my home in Sussex, the image shows a group of starlings taking flight just before dusk. This for me is an image that appeals on two levels. Firstly I love the way the stark winter tree creates a very still backdrop - whilst being juxtaposed by the flock of starlings buzzing with life and movement. The silhouette of the birds and leafless tree branches against a white winter sky creates a very powerful and illustrative image. Secondly, I’m drawn to the visual metaphor the image seems to convey - signifying, perhaps, an innate sense of longing to be free of restraint.”