Film Photographer, Bangkok
Nick Prideaux is a film photographer currently living in Bangkok for the past two and a half years. He grew up in Byron Bay, a small town on the eastern coast of Australia. His work has been featured in publications such as Ignant, The Fader, Konbini, and Frankie, as well as exhibits in major cities like London, Melbourne, Montreal, Tokyo and Bangkok. In his youth, he worked at a one-hour photo shop and began using disposable cameras constantly.
Where are you from, where do you live and where are going next?
I’m originally from a small town on the east coast of Australia called Byron Bay. I’ve been based in Bangkok for the past two and a half years - previously in Tokyo for five years. Next year I will be relocating full time to Paris.
Spatial details, hands, shadows and Plants, can you talk about your inspiration and creative process?
Inspiration comes from a lot of different sources, but I often look to the work of Lina Scheynius, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rinko Kawauchi, Nan Goldin and Ren Hang. I studied film in university so more of the visual dialogue I play with comes from cinema.
I think in the past year I’ve shifted the way in which I work within the creative process, whereas I used to force myself to pick up the camera now I just shoot when the mood strikes. It comes in flashes, and I never really go into it with any preconceived ideas - I just try to let it happen naturally.
We don’t see any faces in your pictures, why?
I enjoy working within the frame by subtracting things rather than adding them. I just let the viewer fill in the rest, it’s the ‘less is more’ that I am most interested in capturing. I like to hone in on details and let the image breath by itself, faces are just something that I prefer to exclude.
How was it shooting with a disposable camera?
It actually made me really nostalgic! One of the first jobs I had was in a one hour photo shop, I used to steal disposable cameras all the time and then go out and shoot my little teenage life frame by frame. I love the freedom disposable cameras gives you and I always associate them with good parties and close friends. They have a certain intimacy to them that can’t be replicated.
Photography wise, how do you get out of your comfort zone?
This is something I’ve been mulling over for sometime now, how to push yourself and go somewhere ostensibly more challenging in your preferred medium. It’s a tough one, but I guess for me it’s about putting yourself in new situations and experimenting with what you have. You have to be on guard, be curious, and I try to always remember that photography is something that I started doing because I love it - so, enjoy the process and the discovery of it.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
I’ve always been afraid of thunderstorms but for a time I thought lightning could come through the shower head and strike you.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Finish watching ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ so it can exit my brain and I can finally stop having nightmares.
The Field - Made of Steel. Made of Stone.
Right or left handed?
Your idea of happiness?
The sea, family, my girlfriend, good films + songs, mindfulness.
Your idea of misery?
The cold, isolation, malls, EDM festivals.
If not yourself, who would you be?
What is your present state of mind?
Bedside table books?
Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
Listen to William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops.
Do you collect?
What is the best dish you can cook?
Chili Con Carne.
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?
Swim, read, watch films, study French.
What inspires you?
Other photographers, photo books, good podcasts and music.
What do you do for money?
What do you do for pleasure?
Get a massage, eat a bahn mi, drink a beer.