‘I spent hours as a child flicking through old Photographs and slides that my Grandfather took in his youth, one in particular which inspired me to get my first camera….a shoe box! It continues to be my favorite Photograph of all time. I went on to study Fine Art and then Photography at University and since have explored many forms of Photography, from Studio work to Street Photography in France and Italy. My personal work is made up of on-going projects, collections of Portraits or ideas which can take years to fulfil. I enjoy collaborations of images and collage style photographs, some of which I can also incorporate into more commercial work too.’ Nic Chapman
What is your background? Where did you study?
I think I was a creative kid. I made everything myself, I remember knitting a lot of jumpers for dolls and creating lives for them. I went to a small school and left when the school closed down, I was allowed to study what I wanted, so I painted and made things out of clay. I was bored at high school. I went on to study Fine Art and then Media Studies at Burnley College, where I spent 90% of my time in the dark room and met my favourite teacher, Jan, in Photography. I went on to study Audio Visual Media Studies & Photography at Uclan.
What is your favourite subject?
I don’t have one. I photograph such varied subjects, I think I have favourite shoots and experiences but couldn’t choose a subject.
What was the last film you saw?
Hmmmmm, The Woman in Gold, I didn’t like it.
Do you dream about your work?
Not really, I have photographed my dreams in the past, so I suppose I have done the reverse.
What photographers do you love?
As a child I loved the Photographs my Grandad took, I used to spend hours looking through boxes and boxes of them. Now I love the work of Vivian Maier, Cindy Sherman and Jane Bown.
What gets you out of bed in a morning?
Generally my alarm, I work late and mostly edit at night. If you mean what inspires me to get out of bed in the morning, then its the thought of what is around the corner.
What puts you to sleep?
People with nothing to say.
What is success to you?
Creating good things that make me and other people smile.
What would be your dream job?
Photographing Vincent Cassel.
Tell us about your latest exhibition?
My last exhibition was to open my studio. It was a collection of people in Todmorden who make it a better and more interesting place to live. There were 12 in all, but I could have done 50, we are lucky to live in a place packed with wonderful people.
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