We want you to watch this captivating new video by Duncan Nicholls, and feel yourself physically drawn in, at the 12 second mark. Sometimes, tempo shifts and silence are incredibly powerful and emotional tools, and Duncan's direction has the controlled pacing of a world-class athlete.
Wikipedia defines of "Jack of all trades, master of none" as such: a figure if speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.
The shortened version "a jack of all trades" is often a compliment for a person who is good at fixing things, and has a very good broad knowledge.
Food for thought, all of the above. And I have pondered this question for many years. As a professional photographer, I have tussled with the notion that, maybe, just maybe I should focus wholly on one genre or aspect of this wonderfully absorbing past time we call photography. But every time, eclecticism and a multidisciplinary interests win out.
You see I'm infatuated with the adrenaline-inducing world of photojournalism. I've always loved the thrill of chasing down a story or a moment that might be construed as the summation of all the events of that particular day. I love shooting ad campaigns, the thrill of interpreting an art director's pen and ink schematic and turning that into a fully realized, beautifully-executed photograph.
So too, I love pointing my cameras at the construct of a beautiful hotel or cruise ship. Likewise, I find the renewable energy industry to be something worth believing in. The planet and humanity does need more renewables. Every time I stand before a giant wind turbine, I feel in awe of its Goliath presence.
I’m also a great believer in the sanctity of art, and I like to produce photographic work that could be classed as such. Hence I dabble in abstract work, and street photography projects that are in essence explorations into existential and dystopian themes. Human portraiture most probably can be considered the highest photographic art form. And while historically, artists have used oils and marble to capture human likeness and character, I use my camera.
I revel in covering diverse specialty areas. Most people would call that madness. And there are days when I think it is too. But I persevere. Afterall, a week has seven days in it; why not dedicate a few of them to different areas of my many interests?
My week begins and ends with Aeronautica, and my focus is all things hospitality, luxury and renewables. I keep it all clean and green. High key is the name of the game; my clients visit my website and feel happy, bright and cheerful.
Over the course of the week, I make time for my personal projects: my personal and editorial work, as I chase down my National Geographic dreams. I reach out to curators, galleries. I read about art, I research art projects. I savor the hours I spend on my personal fine art projects.
I also enjoy connecting with potential buyers (including interior designers, private clients, established businesses.) I find that everyone everywhere is looking for something fabulous for their walls. And my sweet tooth for is satisfied through my fun, engaging Pop Art portraits, feel free to message me.
Right. Now, back to the question. Jack of all trades master of none? Jack of all trades master of many? Mad? Yes! One of these days I might whittle all of this down to just one! But for now I’m having a lot of fun running with them all.
In May, Duncan Nicholls had the privilege of photographing World & Olympic 400m champion (and World Record holder) Wayde Van Niekerk for Adidas. With both of them being life long Liverpool FC football fans, they clicked straight away.
Showcasing Duncan's signature intensity yet intimacy with his athlete portraits, here's the opening shot from that series.
Captured on a freezing cold day in London's Greenwich Park, our European sports photographer Duncan Nicholls executed this new campaign for New Balance. The final shot below also featured on the cover of Runner's World in the UK. Go Duncan!
Duncan Nicholls recently created a striking new series of sports and dynamic movement stills and video - and below are a couple of frames from those shoots.
This series also saw a collaboration with retoucher Kieran Clancy from Happy Finish in London.
Athlete Sarah Smith
MMA Fighter Lorena Andrea
Athlete Kirby Akindeinde
Duncan Nicholls has started a visual campaign for creatives to raise funds and tackle avoidable blindness around the world.
The opening months have seen creative professionals from around the world take part - and the project has raised enough funds for operations to restore the sight of 60 people whose blindness is curable.
If you'd like to be featured in the project and help those living with visual impairment, then please do get in touch with Duncan. It will only take 15 minutes and our actions have the power to transform peoples lives.
You can learn more about the project here:
Duncan can be contacted on email@example.com
All the funds raised goes to the charity Seeing Is Believing, who since 2003 have impacted the lives of over 150 million people around the world who are effected by visual impairment.
John Tomick writes a heck of a song. The kind of song that sneaks up and lingers in your thoughts. I guess it's from all Tomick's years in Advertising and Marketing. SO, when he asked us (The Carl Noble Trio) to record it for him, Dan Delorenzo - bass, Carl Noble - piano and myself - vocals, happily headed into Steve Yates's studio, and in two takes, got this beauty ... You can hear The Carl Noble Trio play Latin and Swing classics every Wednesday night at Del Rio's, Chicago's oldest Italian Restaurant. - It's quite a party! And Del Rio's Opera Night tickets are available now. If you don't know about Opera Night, google it, and get your reservations right away. It sells out fast.
Along with Frank Ishman, I have a piece in the Off The Street Club auction.
Check it out alone with a bunch of other great pieces of art.