NIC GOTCH

by Sunday, November 29, 2015

Aaaaaaah, Nic, I’m not going to lie, in the last few months, she really surprised me. She’s one of the ‘special touch girl’: she’s funny, sweet, loyal, and intelligent. And she’s got a talent. Her website is  a real discovery, as are her artworks. Here is a little chat I had with her, hope you enjoy it…and please have a look at her work.

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A/I absolutely love your work, how did you start?

My work is classed as ‘still-life’. It borders between standard photography and art.  In the past I worked with moving image in both Film and TV for over 15 years and have a BA in English lit/Visual studies and studied for an MA in Film Production.  However I have returned to my first love – the still image.

A/What is your creative- process ?

I have called this collection Season Spheres.  I work with ‘gathered’ natural materials, carefully selected at the time the seasons seem to changes– roughly every 5-6 weeks. I also have a collection of images of 70’s childhood toys. I have a studio at home where there is a large skylight –  I try to avoid artificial lighting where possible. To enhance the image I use mirrored surfaces and the prints are as they appear  – I do not use editing software or apps to create an effect. I much prefer going for walks and concentrating on what I see around me without my camera. I can then get a feel for how the season has moved on and can choose the flowers, fauna etc I wish to arrange.  I then take the items home to set up and photograph. It becomes apparent after a while which images are going to work and as the light changes and the mirrors are moved I can get a feel for when to take the best shot.

A/ How you define your style?

Working on these still life images has been really enjoyable  – I have found a style that I like and luckily I have had very positive feedback. I recently sold one of my larger prints at my first solo exhibition in Brighton. Previously I exhibited my work as a member of the North London Photographic Society in Muswell Hill.

A/ Any connections between your creativity and your dance classes?

I think it is really important to have a creative outlet as well as a physical outlet for stress and general well-being.  The combination of working on these images and taking Dance classes has been of real benefit in my life.  I recently studied for an MSc in Psychology and after such intensive academic work, I really appreciate that I can spend time now on both of these activities

A/Do you like dance or prefer dance conditioning workout?

I have taken Balletone classes for nearly 3 years and Bold Bodies Aereoballet classes for the last 6-8 months.  I try to do 2 classes a week and some home practice. With Diana’s help I am overcoming a hypermobility issue that has given me pain in the past, and in general building strength and toning up.

A/Your favorite outfit to workout?

My favourite dancewear comes from Mirella – supplied in  ‘Danzia’ on Drury Lane – or H&M sports wear.

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A/Any suggestions for women that are struggling with their body image?

I think it is always possible to take control of your fitness and try and challenge yourself – just find what it is you actually enjoy and makes you feel better and not to rush it.

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