Photography & Films
Nick Meek was very influenced by the North of England from where he hails: “I was born in the North of England where it can be quite grey and the summers are quite short. I think this had a huge effect on me as a human being… It made me hungry for warmth and colour and, I suppose, adventure. It made me want to explore the world and that I think my photographs show… more than anything else a world that is full of light“. The USA, known for its breath-taking scenery, the excessiveness of the settings you’re always surrounded with attracted Nick Meek. Travels through huge spaces, automobiles, nature and architecture attract his photographic eye that translates into an always enchanted gaze.
Long day, short night
" As you know these days I mostly live in France. I decided to visit the UK to see family and spend time with them up in Yorkshire.
Springtime was in full bloom and my first few days were spent in quarantine…. I had time to look around the house and see the light as it moved from one room to another…. Placing petals and objects and following the light I started to enjoy the discipline of still life.
In normal life I spend most of my photographic practice traveling and making observations which are largely outdoors…. It was really enjoyable to work with light and objects in my immediate surroundings…. But placing this nature inside the house made me long for travel even more." Nick Meek
Gotica is a series of gritty portraits made in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
I spent two days with my camera, some simple lighting and an assistant patiently waiting for interesting people to pass by and asking if they would mind me making a portrait of them.
The gothic quarter is interesting to me as it attracts a certain type of free thinking person that somehow wears their per- sonality on the outside. Not afraid to be different and outward going, nearly everyone that I asked was interested in the project... proud and happy for me to photograph them and their look.
Taking inspiration from the greats like Avedon and Watson I choose to photograph these people always on a white back- ground.
The intensity of the sun and the heat on their skin seems to add a visceral quality to the images and these exquisitely details prints should be shown at life size so our viewer is confronted face to face and drawn into their world.