For our next instalment of the #audioloveshowcase, we bring to you the work of the hugely talented @nickprezioso .
Nick's unique style of editing lends its methods to a background in the arts and to graphics in particular, helping Nick to create images that are pleasing to the eye. His photographs are intentional and bring a great rugged dynamic and atmosphere to the moment captured.
All of this of course fails to mention that which goes without saying, which is the fact that every showcase photographer featured is phenomenal at capturing a moment in a photograph in a way that makes you feel like you were there, providing print worthy stills you would be proud to hang in the walls of your home.
If you are not familiar with the work of Nick, we would highly recommend checking out his portfolio and following his work. We caught up with Nick to find out a little bit more about his style and influences as well as his perfect body/lens combo. Read the hilarious interview below
Tell us about how you got started in the world of concert photography?
Initially I was trying my hand on the other side of the lens playing bass, doing the band thing gave me am introduction to the music world and that’s how I started networking.
The first event that I ever covered was actually 2015’s Warped Tour, I had a friend who works for a non-profit called Hope For The Day. She asked me if I wanted to join her and suggested that I bring my camera with me.
As far as first experiences go I couldn’t have had a better one. Other photographers were sharing photos in the press pit, and wanted to see what I had snapped that day. I was a total rookie at that point and as someone testing the waters it was great to be met with that kind of enthusiasm.
Coming from the band world you have to basically beg people to check out a song, this felt so refreshing. People I had just met were excited to see my work and show me what they were excited for. Even though my skills were hardly developed I was getting great tips and feedback.
Really wish I was able to still be in touch with some of those folks. From there it was taking whatever I could get, I had friends in the music scene and I’d cover their shows in exchange for a free ticket or whatever. Eventually I was given the opportunity to cover events on behalf of promoters and that’s where I am now.
How have you developed your unique eye / aesthetic that is clearly evident in your work?
I come from a heavy graphics background. My first job in the field was as a graphic designer for a company that made its money distributing DVDs, skateboards, and porno. SUPER weird place to work. I’d come in somedays and there would be this giant tub of sex toys on my desk that I would have to photograph. I find it hilarious that my first “professional” product shoot was a bunch of dildos.
I worked there for a little over 4 years putting together web ads and mass mailers. I wasn’t so into photography at this point, the time I had to spend behind the camera was a real slog to get through. So. Many. Products. Sometimes it was a riot when something way out there would come in, but for the most part when you’ve seen one rubber fist you’ve seen them all.
The position really did give me a chance to work out my photoshop muscles and learn/experiment a lot while getting paid. I initially bought my camera as a way to help that out, stock sites weren’t as available as they are now so my thinking was instead of paying for images and textures I would just shoot them myself, not really where it went, but that’s where it started. I still have a lot of love for the graphics world even though I’m not in it as much these days.
In an environment where it is difficult to commercialise concert photography, how do you go about getting commercial gain for any of your photography, if at all?
Gain? What are these gains you mention? Lol
To be honest it’s been a lot of networking and a lot of luck. I am super fortunate to have the folks that I do in my corner. It’s such a small world that as much as I put myself out there to get new clients, what really gets me hired is word of mouth. I always try to lead with kindness and make sure that everyone has a positive experience with me. I’m very lucky to be doing what I do so showing gratitude to the people that bring me on board is very important to me.
Who/ what are some of your biggest influences that filters into your work?
I’m in love with the shots that Ashley Osborne is putting out, she was very instrumental in getting my foot in the door in this world, so I’m a huge AO fan in general.
Another big one for me is Aaron Marsh, he’s kind of a jack of all trades that I aspire to be. His graphic work with Sons of Nero got my attention, then his video/photo work hooked me in. I love his output.
Who are the top 3 musicians on your photography bucket list to shoot?
Deftones. Slipknot. This may be a copout, but I really want to get into the EDM world, it’s super new to me so I can’t speak to a specific artist, but the photos that I see coming out of that world look super fun and absolutely epic. I covered the Alchemy Tour a couple days ago. It was a great time, I’d love to find myself I that environment more. Been listening to a lot of Griz lately so I suppose I’d start with him lol.
What is your killer combo of body and lens?
Lens wise I’m floating between my 24-70 and a 70-200. I’m in the market for something super wide right now. I also have a Lensbaby system that I love to experiment with, I’m not good enough to use it in a live environment just yet, but I’m getting there.
My main body is a Canon EOS R which I love, with a 70D as a backup. I like a 2 camera set up when I shoot so I can keep the lenses attached.
Where can we find more of your work?