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Ok so for today I’m handing over my blog to my friend Gary Nicholls; someone I’ve known for only a short while and would likely never have met had it not been for this wonderful creative industry.
There’s so much I could say about Gary; how he’s the kind of person who knows what he wants and goes all out to get it and just seeing how things have moved on for him over the past few months I think makes a great story.
We caught up and spoke a lot at the recent Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk that I lead over in Oxford, and it was from hearing all that’s been happening I just had to ask him to write it down and share.
So…Gary, over to you
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Hello everyone! My name is Gary Nicholls and I am a Conceptual Artist Photographer. Typing those three words a year ago was just a pipe dream, so what changed?
Well, firstly I bought a copy of Practical Photoshop, it was the issue where Glyn Dewis had photographed his good buddy Dave Clayton smoking on a cigar. I was hooked, followed the link to Glyn’s Blog and signed up for the newsletter. Shortly after, I saw that there was a workshop day, in Oxford, working on cutting out people and in particular hair…. I signed up and that workshop, was the day my photography life changed.
I knew what it was I wanted to do. On that same day, I met Dave Clayton who suggested I join NAPP. I did, and my photography life changed for a second time. It led me to Photoshop User, Light It magazine and Kelby Training, but more about that later.
So, all this life changing stuff was great but, I needed a project, a theme, a story to bring my images to life.
I tried landscapes, still life and portraits, architecture, exploding milk splashes and…. well you get the idea. I studied Photoshop, applying the techniques I had learned from Glyn and referring to the pages of notes I had taken. Glyn said on that day that he always makes sure he does at least “30 minutes of Photoshop learning everyday” well, my wife would be delighted if it was JUST 30 minutes with me!
Now I must say here, that I have a different approach to many photographers. I “create” the image in my mind and then go and find all the parts to put that image into print. I am not for one minute suggesting this is the right approach, but it works for me. So after attending the Glyn Dewis workshop I was able to create a couple of images that I had no idea how to do, until that day.
This started me on a creative path, but something was still missing. I still needed a direction, something that captured my imagination. It was at this point I turned, once again, to Practical Photoshop. The issue had a section on “creating a Steampunk Image”. I loved the look, and thought that there must be people that do this, for real. I Googled it, and page after page came up. In amongst them all, was The Asylum, the Lincoln Steampunk festival. I watched a YouTube video on the festival and promptly bought 2 tickets. That was when my photography life changed again, for the third time. I had finally found my project theme. The costumes, the people, it was like the biggest fancy dress party I had ever attended. But it was the attention to detail that caught my eye.
That was September 2012, and 2 months later I was in a studio with Julie and Peter Walton and a group of their friends, all Steampunks, creating what is now known as The Imaginarium. There was, a complication, however. I knew what I wanted to do, I just did not have the Photoshop knowledge to carry it through.
Back to Glyn for another workshop, this time, the dynamic duo, with Calvin Hollywood. Another day of copious notes, but a day to think about combining techniques, from two masters. My mind was buzzing; I became a Photoshop junkie, reading View full post »