Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Nick Prideaux and I am an Australian photographer and visual storyteller based in Bangkok, Thailand. I'm from a small coastal town called Byron Bay and have lived and worked as a freelance photographer in Asia for about 8 years. I capture the little moments from my life told in a diaristic manner. My approach is guided by my intuition, rather than preconception. The camera gives me a way of looking at the every day in a more conscious light and a way of surfacing thoughts and feelings that are otherwise difficult to access and express. Simplicity above all else.
Nick's Instagram - @prideaux
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I think like most people who love photography it began at an early age, I used to play around with my father's old Nikon camera and it just kind of started from there. My first part-time job was in a Kodak film lab so I was always surrounded by photography even during and after high school. I went on to study film and screenwriting in university but always kept photography as something really pure that I could enjoy. It's really only in the past few years that I really began seeing it as an integral part of my life.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? There are a few, but one that stands out was just a combination of the location and the people. I went to the south of Turkey a few years ago and stayed in this little seaside valley that was the most perfect few days of my life - wading out into the ocean with my camera to take a photo of my girlfriend on dusk is a moment instilled in my mind. I have always loved that image.
Who/What inspires your photography? It comes from a few different places but mostly films, photo books and Tumblr. I try to research as much as I can on other photographers, I think it's important to delve into their body of work and see how they got to where they are. Films are more a source of feeling and mood, rather than aesthetics. Tumblr is wonderful for visual cues and to see other artists that I wouldn't necessarily come across on Instagram.
What kind of camera do you use? It depends on my mood but this year it has mostly been with my Konica Hexar which I love to death, it's a beautiful camera - very generous. If I'm out and about I'll often have a Konica Big Mini or an Olympus MJU II packed with me too.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Some of my favourite photographers include Wolfgang Tillmans, Lina Scheynius, Ren Hang, William Eggleston, Rinko Kawauchi and Takashi Homma.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Yes, too many to list! I'm always inspired when I see the work of @yaonthemoon, @leo_berne, @montykaplan, @dimitriguedes and @lalovenenoso.
The coolest place you've ever been? I just came back from a few days in Hanoi, Vietnam and really loved it. That city is vibrant! I almost ate myself to death too - I would go back in a heartbeat.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I spent only a few days in Tijuana, Mexico last year and absolutely fell in love with the people and the country. I have heard wonderful things about Mexico City so I would love to go there and shoot for a time, I'm really hoping to go next year.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Bangkok is hot all year round so I've kind of lost the idea of having seasons as such, but when I lived in Tokyo I always enjoyed shooting in early Spring. The city really is something to behold during this time, and when the cherry blossoms begin to bloom it's wonderous. The light can still be quite harsh in a way but it's amazing for capturing fragments of it.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? At the moment I'm working on a project that will be released hopefully later in the year, it's all still under wraps but I'm super excited about it.
Anything extra you would like to share? Please keep up to date of my visual diary over @prideaux on Instagram. I also sell limited edition prints of mine on my website nickprideaux.com/store.