Q: What part of life do you associate with your ‘fresh meat’ project photos?
We see images of beauty everywhere in art and advertising.The goal here was to make a bridge between the two. What part of “life”? Consumerism.
Q: In an era where the consumption of audiovisual content is massive, what is the future of photography?
As photography become increasingly ubiquitous and utilitarian, the role of photography in art can no longer simply rely on capturing a moment. That aspect of photography has been thoroughly devalued. Artistic photography now has to embrace higher concepts and a desire to influence thinking on a given subject.
Q: What would you say to someone starting out in the world of photography?
You are already a photographer. Everyone is a photographer.The next step is to figure out how to use photography to express your perspective on the world and have people pay attention.
Q: Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?
Nic: I buy gadgets I have an immediate use for. I rarely buy gadgets that are simply cool.
Julia: A Theragun. Seemed like a good idea but now it just gathers dust.
Q: If you had a career other than photography, what would it be?
Nic: I already have multiple concurrent careers: I’ve won awards for Engineering, Filmmaking, Writing and Photography. I also teach the craft of Cinematography at AFI.
Julia: Maybe a Medical First Responder?
Q: Where do you get motivation and inspiration from in your work and in photography?
Nic: I take inspiration from everything I can see, hear, smell, touch or taste.
Julia: I take inspiration from exploring my insecurities and those of others.
Q: What kind of photography do you identify with?
Nic: I’m not interested in a specific kind of photography. I’m interested in any image that communicates a message that has power and relevance.
Julia: Fine-art photography. I’m not intentionally interested in being an activist., I’m interested in being empathetic.