Meet the Members: Nic Kane
Gather Round member Nic Kane is a photographer and director, she tells stories with emotionally engaging visuals and playful concepts. With a background in design, Nic brings a keen eye for colour, shape, and form to projects, creating soulful work with creativity and collaborative process at its heart.
This week we talk binge-worthy podcasts, Nic’s favourite camera, and what an average day looks like in the life of a freelance photographer.
Can you tell us what you do and what an average workday looks like?
I’m a photographer and director, creating work for lifestyle, fashion, music, travel, and commercial brands.
I’m not sure if I have an average workday, there’s lots of variety.
Last week I went to Snowdonia for a lifestyle fashion shoot and to London for a shoot about basketball culture.
This week I’ve been in Gather Round and these days are usually focused around post-production – editing stills or working on a moving image edit. Or on pre-production, creating treatments, and planning projects.
I love collaboration and seeing how the dynamics between individuals play out collectively and creatively.
Anything you’re working on at the moment that’s exciting you?
I’ve just completed a short film for Sia Taylor studio, it’s focused around the jewellery designer’s process of making, inspiration and the Somerset studio. A gentle piece with a sensory, almost meditative, tone.
Also, had a great photography shoot for Footlocker, as part of their campaign helping basketball culture in Europe thrive.
What kit/tools can you not live without?
My Canon 5d’s. I love my film cameras – Hasselblad 500C and a couple of canon 35mm cameras. But it’s the 5d that I shoot the majority of my photography commissions with.
What are you listening to/watching at the moment?
I love listening to Sault! As I’m writing this, they’ve just released a new album. I’m yet to listen.
Working Not Working podcast, Overshare, is something I’ve enjoyed a couple of episodes of recently and I binge listened to all of Serial’s Nice White Parents on a drive last week!
Watching wise… Absolutely loved Devs, I really like Alex Garland’s work. And I’m aiming to use my Mubi account more! Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education was a recent watch on Mubi.
What excites you most about the creative process?
The potential for what a project might come to be – what we can do with the idea, how we can make it come to life! Then, seeing those ideas and intentions evolve as the project moves forward. It’s a beautiful balance between control and fluidity.
I also love collaboration and seeing how the dynamics between individuals play out collectively and creatively.
If you could share just one piece of photography related advice what would it be?
Hone your style.
Do you have a favourite artist/photographer, someone who really inspires you? What do you love about their work?
I love Sophie Ebrard’s work – Intimate and beautiful, it feels intuitive, authentic. Great subject matter too!
Love the tone and pace of Maceo Frost’s work.
And I recently discovered Elena Parasco – I really like the way she’s capturing female athletes and the energy of her work.
Do you have a favourite colour?
Hmmm, maybe a favourite gradient… clear sky at dusk!
What made you choose Gather Round?
Community, proximity and it’s a wonderful space! I love working in Gather Round!
Thanks for the catch-up Nic! If you’d like to check out some of Nic’s recent work, have a look below or to check out her beautiful, full photography portfolio head over to her website here.