Inside this issue
Nick Stone is the Creative Director of Starfish, a design and communications company in Norwich, where he makes interesting things for people often using photography, photographs and social media. He is also the Art Director of the Rialto Poetry Magazine. In between this and a collection of cats, he runs a reasonably popular history and visual arts website most of which relate to landscape, heritage and the people that exist in both, find it at invisibleworks.co.uk.
In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
For this issue, we have something a little different. Nick Stone describes his website, Invisible Works, as a series of fragmentary blogs and pieces about history, heritage and our place in the landscape. His photographs are supported by and integral with his writing about the traces that the landscape carries of our influence and interference - often things that we overlook, simply don’t see or choose to ignore. In some cases there is poignancy to these, to the events and places that we have forgotten, or to the lives lost: Nick has spent the last six years investigating the scars and memories left by the Great War, culminating in the exhibition ‘Vanishing Points’. Wandering online, and off, is an important part of what Nick does, and what he finds.
Would you like to start by telling readers a little about yourself – where you grew up, your education and early interests, and what that led you to do as a career?
I was born in London to elderly parents, both in their fifties. We moved to a council estate in Norwich when I was two. We lived there for a few years then moved to North Norfolk. I grew up in a typical country market town; they are by turns both intriguing places and pressure cookers with little to do when you’re young. But the countryside is on your doorstep. As you grow up you become aware of not just the nature, but the underlying history and the folktales that inhabit it, both the light and the dark. I left and moved back to Norwich in my teens to go to art college, the focus of which was either painting or photography. Naturally enough I ended up doing neither and became a graphic designer, but composition and an aesthete is in your head, it’s part and parcel of most of the things I do.