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I am a photographer based in Orkney. I have no formal training in either art or photography. I was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society in 2012, have exhibited widely both in the UK and in Florida and have work hanging in homes around the world. I am happiest when out in nature.
My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Website
I have a folder on my computer titled ‘Nicki Gwynn-Jones’ that has been there for 2 years at the time of writing. You could see that as a sign of procrastination (Nicki will get that one!) but the delay in interviewing Nicki comes down to two things. I first came across her images on social media: as well as her delightful high key bird photography she had started to play with the landscape….. At the time I wanted to see how this developed – and the next thing I know she’s upped and offed to Orkney, so I had to see how this developed too. A number of us have been enjoying the images that she’s shared on social media this year of Orkney’s wildflowers and wild waves, and I just happened to message her on the day that she was putting the finishing touches to a new website. Clearly, this interview was in the tea leaves….
Would you like to start by telling readers a little about yourself - your education, early interests and career?
Every Easter holiday during my childhood my parents would load up the camper van and drive the family from Worcestershire to the Scottish Highlands for a fortnight of hill walking, and one of my most abiding memories is of my father, camera in hand, fretting about the light - or lack of it. At the time I showed no inclination whatsoever to follow in his footsteps. Waiting around all day for something that might not happen? Not for me thank you! I was a keen violinist at school but I eventually graduated from the University of London with a degree in Hungarian. I was never brave enough to make use of it and taught swimming until 2014, latterly to adults of all abilities.