Art, Photography and Nostalgia – Nick Elliott’s Extraordinary Journey

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‘photography is, was and will always be an art to me’

Acclaimed throughout the world for his iconic rock images, Nick Elliott has established himself as one of the most talented and avant-garde photographers in the business. Persistence, passion and a never say die attitude have driven his continuous quest for ne plus ultra. Yet despite achieving tremendous success – as well as frequently entering the orbits of the illustrious and the influential – Nick remains fiercely proud of his roots.

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Happy Family. Left to right: Brother Gary, Mum Coral, Dad Gordon, and Nick. Nick cites his Dad as the major influence in his photography.

Gordon Flanders Elliott (Nick’s father) was the defining influence on his path to becoming a professional lensman. A projectionist at the local cinema, Gordon instilled a deep appreciation of the art of photography in his son. As a child of the pre-digital age, Nick’s earliest memories are of capturing idyllic moments on his Dad’s Brownie camera. These were magical times, when spectral steam trains, romantic rustic vistas, and enchanting English villages would mysteriously materialise within the clandestine chemical-scented confines of Gordon’s darkroom. Halcyon days indeed, Nick savoured family holidays along the alluring Norfolk coastline during the 1960s. Those care-free summer-time sojourns would later inspire his critically celebrated project: Ice Cream & Sun Cream.

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Nick began his career capturing stunning rustic vistas around the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk areas.

An inspirational school teacher so often intervenes in the formative years of the outstanding, and Nick cites Tim Raynor as being instrumental in cementing his decision to pursue photography as a career. A visionary, Raynor appreciated and understood the value of offering opportunity to students. His bold decision to provide photography classes at Stanground Comprehensive School (now Stanground Academy) allowed Nick to hone his skills and contribute to the school magazine. Suddenly the immense power of the captured image became apparent, and Mr Elliott would soon progress to the employment of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and the Peterborough Advertiser.

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A maverick by nature. Nick remains true to his roots and celebrates photography as an art.

After courageously embarking on a freelance career, Nick was catapulted into the tumultuous world of motor-sport, serving commissions for prestigious titles such as Auto Car and Car Magazine. It was during this period that the formidable figure of Barry Sheene entered his life and would leave a long-lasting impression.

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The legendary Barry Sheene. Nick followed the racing champion throughout his career and documented his most famous victories.

Nick fondly recalls how the racing legend trained close to Peterborough and was a larger-than-life character. Sheene would endure a horrific crash in 1975 at the Daytona 200, but Nick proudly captured his sensational victories at the 500cc Grand Prix in 1976 and 1977. The motorcycle legend’s phenomenal desire to win against overwhelming odds, coupled with his propensity to overcome career-threatening injuries, left an abiding influence.

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Halcyon holidays – ‘Ice Cream & Sun Cream’ was shortlisted in the prestigious Vienna Photo Book Awards.

Over a three year period from 2014 to 2016, Nick embarked on a ground-breaking project to recapture the innocence and magic of his formative years. Published in May 2017, and aptly entitled Ice Cream & Sun Cream, it was subsequently shortlisted in the prestigious Vienna Photo Book Festival. It was both an emotional and highly cathartic experience as he sought to recreate his childhood holiday experiences along the Norfolk coastline. Find out more about this seminal production on Nick’s website at: Nick Elliott Press Office.

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Like father like son. Gordon with baby Nick on the promenade in Greater Yarmouth. Family seaside holidays remain an integral part of Nick’s heritage and identity.
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The author with Nick Elliott

Nick Elliott is available for commercial photo-shoots and special events. His website is: www.nickelliott.photography and phone number: 07881 650883

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional entertainer and freelance writer based in the UK. His website is: www.magician-midlands.co.uk and phone number: 07946 686258.

Nick benefited from an exceptional school teacher. At present, funding for the arts is being cut around the country. Please visit this site to stop school funding cuts: www.change.org

 

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Nick Elliott – Photographer of the Stars

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It was a tremendous pleasure to meet Nick Elliott at the offices of Siren FM in Lincoln three years ago. Nick is one of the most sought after professional photographers in the UK, and I consider myself very privileged indeed to have developed a friendship with him.

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The legend Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden – Nick is a trusted photographer of all the top Rock bands

Despite boasting a formidable CV, and having photographed a galaxy of celebrities over the past five decades, Nick is incredibly modest, down-to-earth and is very much a people person. What struck me first about Nick is his ability to strike up a fantastic rapport with anyone from any background – along with his natural curiosity for the world around him. I was also extremely impressed with Nick’s exceptional musical knowledge, and how he has worked with many of my heroes: Rock Royalty such as Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.

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The one and only Lemmy – Nick is one of the chosen few who have captured Rock Royalty in full flow.

Photography is an art, and Nick Elliott is a veritable master of his craft – dedicated, meticulous and precise when it comes to capturing the very essence of a particular moment, situation or event. His work speaks for itself, and prestigious advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi frequently call upon his services to help promote world famous brands, products, services and celebrities.

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Photographer of the stars – Nick is available for photo shoots throughout the UK and beyond. Contact him now.

The man behind the lens who never misses a beat, Nick has conducted projects with Prime Minister John Major, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and the Liberal Democrats. But it is in the fast paced world of Rock and Roll where he has developed a sensational reputation. This is not a domain for the faint-hearted, but a man of Nick’s stature, charisma and skill always ensures an exceptional end product.

Nick Elliott may be the man who is trusted by the stars, but the fantastic news is that he is available for weddings, parties and corporate shoots throughout the UK and beyond. Why not bring a touch of magic and class to your next special event by contacting Nick Elliott now? His website is: Nick Elliott Photographer Contact telephone number: 07881 650883.

David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer based in the UK. His website is: David Fox Magic and his contact number: 07946 686 258.