Nicola is a self portrait photographer from rural North Yorkshire. Her career began at the age of 33 when she left her job as a stockbroker and with the help of her savings took a year out.
Nicola had realised that while she stayed in an extremely stressful job that she didn’t enjoy, she would never figure out what to do next. In that year she was a yoga teacher, a blogger and a photography student. But it was when she was studying photography at the London College of Communication that she really found her way.
Her images take inspiration from tales and folklore of the North Yorkshire Moors told to her as a child. These stories of witches and ghosts, spirits and fairies, lost loves and obscure protagonists, are part of a rich tradition of exploring our relationship to place through the stories we tell.
Nicola uses her images to express her imagination and pay homage to the mystical and magical stories she loves. Her favourites include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Magic Faraway Tree, Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Star Wars.
Nicola’s images use the environment and the character to suggest a narrative and invite the viewer to explore their own relationship to stories by allowing them to fill in the detail.
Nicola says that she never felt creative but when she realised that photography did not always have to be documentary, but could also be fantastical, she knew she had found her tool. Nicola has received international recognition and her work has been sold in Europe and the USA. She is to be featured in an upcoming short film on creativity in the UK, shot by BAFTA award winning filmmaker Martin Smith for Stolichnaya Vodka.
Heart Gallery is so proud that Nicola has carefully chosen us to showcase her photography and hope to see you in our picture gallery drooling over these limited editions soon x