I like to write poetry and be in wild situations. When I turned 18 years old, I drove across the United States to South Dakota in a 2001 Saturn that had barely any trend, leaking oil and coolant that often overheated, and a bad transmission. I only had about 600 dollars for food and gas stopping at free campsites sleeping in the car when needed. I just wanted to see what I was able to withstand I was gone for almost a month, and it was the greatest experience I've done thus far. I met several people who I still talk to for instance there was a guy who was three years older then I was at the time, and he rode his bike across country I met him in Illinois, he stayed in the area next to me and we would just talk about our journey and shared recipes for traveling I later saw him again in the badlands. Then in the black hills, there was a psychologist English teacher who was by himself at a camping area about a mile from Mount Rushmore, and I ended up going bouldering with him. Then at 6:00 pm one night I decided to drive to national glacier park, and as I was coming into the area, I got dragged off the road by the steep curb and hit a reflector and spun my car (thankfully nothing major). Love to travel!
Nicholas, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is communicating, whether it is just talking or with my photographs. With landscapes, for example, I love to try and find the emotion with a landscape the conveys like a portrait, to me it is harder to do then with a portrait, so it's fun. With people, I love to communicate with people to understand and hear their background and culture. Having a quick connection with someone is amazing to me. This is why I love travelling so much and is the aspiration for my life. I want a rich and full of experience life and become a National Geographic Photographer.I started with photography when I was about six years old when my grandma would give me disposable cameras, and she would go to the store and have them developed.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicholas? How do you keep inspired?
Vermeer, BrassaÃ¯, Diego Rivera and Frida, Ansel Adams, Ami Vitale, and Ryan McGinley to name a few. I look at everything. Science, movies, music videos, paintings, ideologies and natural things in the world like leaves, water, clouds and think about metaphors. Each day new knowledge is being made so every day I get inspiration.
We all make mistakes Nicholas; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I don't think I would have changed anything based on handling a situation differently. The only thing has a shot you think is good but then later realising it isn't the one you want or needs, but you can't replicate it again.
Nicholas, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
With the few clients that I've had I talk to each one and let them know what is going on.
Please tell us, Nicholas, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
In school, I focus on the class where I have to print something then do the other class that I have to print something then print them both at the same time. Then when waiting for it to print I work on another class.
Nicholas, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When my teacher doesn't like or understands one of my images I point out little things in the photographs that grow into a larger picture, then they understand. It's like beating around the bushes as a sociology test to make them feel welcomed and good.
Nicholas, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was when I went out West I had to find somewhere to get gas, so I stopped at a four-way-intersection where two gas stations were sitting caddy-corner to each other. After I got my gas, I pulled up to the side of the building and grabbed a can of beans and ate lunch on the hood of my car when this older man came walk-in out of the door with a hat and cane. As he came closer, I noticed the war pinned that were scattered around his cap and I just wanted to start a conversation. So I said hello, how is your day going! He looked at me and smiled and said not to bad just getting my daily walk in; I live a couple of houses down the road, my doctor told me I have to exercise. We kept chanting and the. He told me he better head back. I asked if I could walk with him he said yes, and on the way, there was the best conversation I've had. We talked about siblings, wars, different countries, politics and his late wife etc. we finally got to his house. He offered me to come in (I did) and inside was cluttered with memorabilia and had a musky aroma. This guy was the person in town that everybody knew. It was great I'd never forget it. And that's my proudest moment because I listened I did not take a single photograph because I knew to be in the moment because I wasn't going to forget it. That's the thing either you make a lot of photos so you can go back to that time when it was good, or you be in the moment of purity without a distraction and listen. Dell.
Nicholas, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
As a student, it is a time to experiment. Most of the stuff I have never done before, so it's exciting because it's new, but also it's difficult because I don't know how it will turn out, so I play.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Always have your camera on you and listen to the ground. You never know where it might lead you.
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Photographer: Nicholas Harnett@photokidnick@lifeofnick__