Q&A WITH NICK PUMPHREY - INTERVIEW
Nick Pumphrey is a photographic genius. His photos are organic, raw and fluid but also ooze elegance and style. He lives for his photography and you can see the life in his work and how it embodies the journey and stories that happen behind the scenes. He is an inspiring soul and with a lengthy and impressive client list you can understand why he is in high demand.
We delve a little deeper with Mr Pumphrey...
NCA: WHAT FIRST DREW YOU TO PHOTOGRAPHY?
At 16 years old I finished school with an 'A' in art and and a 'B' in design realisation.I was a kid that understood creativity and daydreaming (not much has changed). Following the 'education' pack blindly, I went to college to further study Art at A level. They suggested that I do A level photography too. This was my real introduction to photography. 2 years of Film cameras, darkrooms and moody inspiration via 'Ansel Adams' gave me a foundation to build upon. Alongside that there was my restless love for the sea, the surf magazines that documented all the different waves around the world and the characters that tried to tame them, many an hour was spent studying these photos, the best ones ripped out and stuck to the bedroom walls.
NCA: WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE TO SHOOT (SUBJECTS), AND WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE TO SHOOT WITH (CAMERA)?
My subject has been and I think will always be the Sea. It has shaped who I am and it is MY constant happiness and teacher in life. As well as that it would be those who play in the sea. But not just anyone, I get really amped to capture style and flow with surfers, and i'm lucky to be surrounded by many good friends who encompass these fine traits. For me it's about trying to capture a pinnacle moment in a perfectly lit up scene. Letting the subject move within the static frame, slowing the exposure, or double exposing. Sometimes I already have the idea, it is kind of like going back to the canvas with paints to create what is in my minds eye.
At the moment I use my Canon digital cameras mainly because I have some lovely glass for them. I have been playing with my film cameras too recently and I feel that they are going to take up a bit more creative time soon. It's funny because with a film camera my inspiration completely shifts, having only 24 frames and all of a sudden a wall is the most interesting subject in the world!
NCA: WHAT's YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE NEW COLLECTION?
Probably 'Dawn Patrol'. I was there before sunrise to photograph Harry de Roth surfing at 'Supertubos' in 'Peniche' . Before he got any waves the local birds were all over it. Every set wave was a party wave for at least fifty Seagulls in absolute synchronicity. It was cool to witness and the final photograph has an even blend of action, perfection and serenity.
NCA: WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU NICK?
This year is starting to shape up nicely. Ten weddings booked in along with a few exciting jobs for brands to keep the butter on the bread. Iceland is one of the up and coming adventures, and I am so excited to witness and document that place. It looks like absolute paradise! Along with that I would like to push my personal creative work more with the end result being big beautiful prints and not 10 seconds on Instagram. Maybe slowly heading back to those college days where I had a finished piece to hold in my hands or hang on a wall.
Work and creative ventures aside I will definitely be doing a few trips in my trusty van too. I love hitting the road with my cameras, a mix of boards and good friends to connect with over a few bottles of the good red wine.
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