My Talented Friends: Rick Nunn

On his website, Rick Nunn admits that he’s “generally antisocial, but catch me on the right day and I might try and be nice to you”. Bumping into him on a particularly sociable evening, Rick and I threw a few friendly insults at each other and struck up a friendship based on zombies, cats, good movies and loud music. Armed with new umbrella boxes, fuelled by coffee and in need of someone to shoot on short notice, Rick took this photo of me a few days later, and the rest is sushi and sarcasm filled history.

A designer with talent by the bucket load, this boy is one seriously dedicated creative and one of the hardest working people I know (I’m pretty sure he never sleeps). With an impressive photography portfolio, Rick has an army of loyal followers on Flickr, and dedicates his free time to capturing beautiful images, as well as putting together informative articles to share with the rest of the internet. Just don’t call him a photographer – it makes him uncomfortable.

Rick Nunn

Hey fucker. Taken any photos today?
Yep, totally took some photos of some dinosaur pancakes that I made. They were tasty, the pancakes not the photos.

dinosaur pancakes

How did you get into photography?
In 2009 I was forced to give up one of my biggest passions (skateboarding) due to injury — I bought a dSLR to try & fill the gap it left. Being a graphic designer I had always been engaged with not only the visual aesthetic but also the visual hierarchy of any composition I was creating. I think this largely contributed to photography making the transition from hobby to passion very early on.

You’ve been praised a lot for the quality in your Fifty of Fifty projects. Where do you find the inspiration (and time) to shoot like that?
Inspiration, from everything. Literally everything. There’s no way I could identify any specific sources – I ingest such a huge amount of visual material on a daily basis I think it all ends up as some sort of mind soup and I just dip into it for ideas. As for time, basically whenever I embark on a project such as my Fifty of Fifty, sleep just goes out the window, as well as any sort of social life. Sacrifice = reward…right?

just add water

Did you feel like death after completing your 365?
The 365 was relatively easy to do, anyone can take a photo every day if they always have their camera with them and the commitment to see something like that through to the end. My Fifty of Fifty projects have been much harder, maintaining that level of consistent quality is a killer.

Quitting is not an option, is it.
Death before dishonour.

Would you consider doing it again in the future?
Yes/No/Maybe/Probably/Okay go on then…

You’ve taken some great commercial shots for AnyForty, is fashion photography something you’re interested in?
Definitely, a well presented and well dressed person is great to photograph. You can expect more of this in the future!

For someone who isn’t a people person, you really capture personalities in your portraits.
I genuinely LOVE portraits. There is nothing more interesting than trying to capture someones personality in a photo. People often don’t realise how much of their personality is projected visually – clothes, posture, hairstyle and so much more all contribute to it, and I love getting that in a still image.

John Huntsman

If you could give 3 tips to anyone who owns a camera and wants to do more with it, what would they be?
1. Make friends with people better than you – you’ll push yourself harder if you’re trying to keep up with them.
2. Try prime lenses, they changed my life.
3. Keep it with you at all times, you can’t use it if you don’t have it.

Ok, let’s test your sharp shooting: film or digital?
Digital

Black and white or full screaming colour?
Colour, but it does’t need to scream.

Voyeurism or narcissism?
Voyeurism! For me narcissism is always a last resort.

Rick Nunn, cabin in the woods

There’s a fire and you can only save one camera and one lens.
5D MkII & 135L

Finally, do you have anything special lined up this year?
Not really. I’ve got some ideas, but I’m not sure on time scales. I’ll probably end up doing another Fifty of Fifty, despite hating the idea of another by the end of the last one!

Want to know more about this awesome guy? OF COURSE YOU DO. Why not check out his website here and stalk him via Twitter.

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