Over the years I have discovered that taking photographs makes me look at things properly. I am particularly interested in line, shapes, relationships and patterns and, on occasions, even colours. As a result much of my work (but not all) is in black and white.
On good days taking photographs is, for me, a bit like meditation. I can get completely absorbed by a landscape, or the lines of a tree, or even just how the light is reflected through an underpass. Photography enables me to show other people how I see things. That’s not to say you should see things like I do! But if there’s something in my pictures that speaks to you, that’s great.
I do not document anything. I give an interpretation.
The stories behind some of my pictures
You get the telescope out to try and see more clearly but it doesn’t help. It’s the wrong way round. And they’re getting further away.
Has something just happened? Or is something about to happen? Or perhaps nothing ever happens up here in the waiting room on the roof of the known world.
Thoughts of home after the uncertainty of carefully picking your way up river past sandbars and shoals.
It’s as though the bridge is being cast in front of your eyes, a trail of molten gold flowing along the raised track.
The story behind the image. There was something about the line of gravestones not just leading to the door but also taking you back in time as you walk along beside them.
Bamburgh, 2016: bringing myths to life – the story behind the image.
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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