Richard Nicholls

Richard Nicholls — Fine art photographer

My work is observational in nature and I’m attracted by shapes and patterns in particular. It might be a simple curve, a reflection or shadow, or the way that the light happens to fall upon an object that makes me notice it. Although that initial attraction is sometimes reason itself for producing an image, I am more often than not looking for something else, something beyond a simple representation of the object. I like to create pictures which can be linked, have a thread of commonality or which tell a story.

To this end I tend to work in series rather than produce standalone images – the work can be linked by subject matter, the presentation of the images, or both. Projects can take anything from a few hours or be spread out over months or even years.

I also enjoy producing work collaboratively. Artist Anne Guest and I have worked together for several years on photographic projects that explore ideas surrounding environment, space and human existence in the modern age. It may sound a bit deep, and we go off on some wild tangents at times, but is a great way of researching and producing work in areas that we both wouldn’t ordinarily consider.

I work from a studio space at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery on the outskirts of Worcester. My studio is open to the public along with a small gallery which I share with fellow Worcestershire artists Sue Birth and Dan Holden. Visitors are always welcome, and at least one of us is on site when open; come and have a coffee from the café and check us out!

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