I’ve been taking photographs for more years than I care to remember. I have a particular inclination to monochrome and architecture. However, I am beginning to appreciate the colours and the wide-open landscapes of our newly adopted environment in the Scottish Borders.
I do not document anything. I give an interpretation.
The stories behind some of my pictures
Bamburgh, 2016: bringing myths to life – the story behind the image.
Piemme, Bologna, 2006: the story behind the image
It does seem I get inspired by bad weather. I just needed 50 seconds between squalls to get the long exposure shot, and I wasn’t getting them.
Going back through my pictures, I’ve been finding it far easier to identify interesting monochrome images to document rather than colour ones. Better? Or just different?
The story behind the image. By daylight the scene is nothing to write home about. But at night, nearly midnight, all those extraneous elements and colours just disappeared, and the atmosphere of the Venetian night took over.
“But it’s just a picture of a wall!” It’s also a picture of ambition moderated by pragmatism, of nostalgia, of seeing how things were, how things are now and how they got there.
Influences and motivations
How a photograph both frightened and excited me when I first saw it. Can photographs really have that sort of an impact?
How a black and white picture of Hebden Bridge by Denis Thorp in the Guardian in 1978 still influences how I take photographs today.
Is it realistic to expect a photographer to concern himself with his viewers expectation about the nature of photography?
Looking is one thing; seeing is another.
When you start out it sometimes feels like other photographers are deliberately hiding the details of their craft from you. It takes a little time to realise that the most important feature of the camera is the viewfinder.
This website and opinions
I’ve put this website together as a place to develop, record and share some of my thoughts about photography. You’ll find very little technical content on these pages – others do that sort of thing much better.
You’ll also not find too much about the camera hardware I use. It just really doesn’t matter! The images on the site were created by a variety of cameras including Canon DSLRs, Canon and Fuji compacts, and an inexpensive secondhand Samsung mobile phone, and even that’s probably more than you need to know.
I’m not entirely sure it needs saying but the opinions expressed in these articles are mine (who else?); any errors or egregious content are mine alone.
I am very happy to take on photographic commissions. If you have a project you think I might be suitable for, please just get in touch.
Nick Prior Photography is featured on the Fotobuddies website. This site is dedicated to sharing the work of a number of Scottish photographers, mostly based in the Borders and Edinburgh.
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