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Black & White Photography by Nick Egglington

Updated on November 17, 2013

Black & White Photography by Nick Egglington

Nick Egglington is an Adelaide born artist and graphic designer specialising primarily in fine art and commercial photography. Some of his major influeneces include Ansel Adams, Max Dupain, Bill Henson as well as some early German Expressionists.

At present Nicks main focus is illustrating both the natural and man made world through black and white photography highlighting the delicate play between darkness and light and its ability to spark emotion in people. Nick believes that although people are able to perceive colour, by removing it, one is able to interpret an image in either a positive or negative way thus removing ambiguity in the interpretation and transforming a grey world into one of simplicity and subjective interpretation.

In addition to being a practicing artist and graphic designer, Nick is also an ambitious fim maker. His current project Beyond the borderline focuses on the complexity of dysfunctional, and sometimes toxic gay relationships between two men. Through a documentary exploring his own personal experiences, Nick is hoping to examine his own motivations for forming such relationships, and what it is about them that becomes so addictive.

The film explores the relationship from beginning to end, from the initial intense courting, through to the inevitable and confusing conclusion - the breakup. Nick hopes the film will challenge and encourage the audience to question the dynamics at play when two males decide to engage in a gay relationship. Is it about love, or is it really about power and control? What are the real dynamics in a gay relationship? Through his film Nick hopes his no bullshit approach will open up dialogue on this often controversial and less talked about subject.

A note from the photographer

by Nick Egglington

Living with Bipolar can be tough on everyone. Not only does it leave me feeling exhausted from day to day, but it also has a profound effect on my family and friends. A lot of the time they end up wearing a lot of my pain unfairly as I lump all my emotions on their already overloaded lives. From experience I have only found two ways to deal with this problem, the first is to isolate myself thus keeping all my feelings deep down bubbling away until a great explosion errupts. The other is to convert all my pain and emotions into something positive. Thus my art and my goal to educate the world on Bipolar and societys construct of the world was born.

It is true, I can’t change the world. The meer thought of this is irrational in itself, however I can try to influence a few. By creating thought provoking art, emotional relfections and strong social comment, I am able to share my thoughts on the construct of the world with everyone who is prepared to listen.

In my mind, art is not about just creating images of beauty, or well executed images. It is much more than that extending in to pushing the boundaries of that which we perceive as rational and sane. Art should convey emotion, make the observer think, challenge their perception while saying something profound about the artists unique perspective on life.

My work is by no means art in the tradional sense. Most artists have a unique style and a way of expressing themselves. I have no specific style, rather the style is dictated by the message I am trying to communicate. As such, a lot of my work often looks like it has been done by different people. Perhaps this is becuase when I create a piece I can often be in a very specific state of mind. None of my pieces are the same, nor visually or the message trying to be communicated. They all act alone, and need not be viewed together in the same place or context.

To me, art and bipolar are intrinsically linked. By releasing my emotions and feelings into my artwork, I am somewhat freed of whatever weight I am carrying.

Vintage Gangster Car - Black & White

Vintage Gangster Car
Vintage Gangster Car

Like Clock Work - Black & White

Like Clock Work
Like Clock Work

Photo prints available from here.

Adelaide University Bonython Hall - Black & White

Adelaide University Bonython Hall
Adelaide University Bonython Hall

Eureka Tower Melbourne Australia - Black & White

Me & Only Me - Black & White

Photo prints available from here.

After The Storm Glenelg South Australia - Black & White

After The Storm Glenelg South Australia
After The Storm Glenelg South Australia

Suspended Rose - Black & White

Suspended Rose
Suspended Rose

Coastal storms South Australia - Black & White

Coastal storms South Australia
Coastal storms South Australia

Photo prints available from here.

Through an open door - Black & White

Through an open door
Through an open door

Deserted city alley way - Black & White

Deserted city alley way
Deserted city alley way

Fist and finger - Black & White

Fist and finger
Fist and finger

Photo prints available from here.

Old wrecked ships boiler - Black & White

Old wrecked ships boiler
Old wrecked ships boiler

Puppy play - Black & White

Puppy play
Puppy play

Adelaide Arcade South Australia - Black & White

Adelaide Arcade South Australia
Adelaide Arcade South Australia

Old South Australian Parliament - Black & White

Old South Australian Parliament
Old South Australian Parliament

Old historic institution Port Adelaide - Black & White

Old historic institution Port Adelaide
Old historic institution Port Adelaide

Possibly the best book to learn photography from. - From legendary and charismatic photographer Bryan Peterson.

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Of all the photography books I have found most useful, this one would have to be my favourite. In an easy to understand format this book covers everything from composition to using the correct aperture and shutter speed when taking photographs. This book could easily be applied to both film and digital photography, professional or amateur. Bryan Peterson's books are fun to read and are accompanied by stunning images. Many photography schools and colleges are now using this book as a text book and it is easy to see why.

 

Some of my personal recommendations to get you started.

So you have a camera, an eye for detail and an absolute passion for photography but don't know where to begin. Having a camera is the easy part but knowing how to use it properly and capture the images you want is another thing all together. In this module I will hopefully provide you with useful products that will start you on your photographic journey.

The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book

I have long been a fan of Scott Kelby and his books. Unlike a lot of professional photographers who write books, he writes in a language most beginners can understand. Unlike a lot of photography training books, he presents his lessons and tutorials in easy to understand language and in a step by step way giving you excellent results quickly. If you are looking for a book that will get you started quickly with your digital camera, this would be my first pick. I have personally found it useful and continue to use it to this day.

 

Links to Nick Egglington''s work

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Your B&W photos are just as stunning as your color photos are ... absolutely amazing.

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      grinagallery 5 years ago

      @Rusty Quill: Thanks Rusty. I have quite a bit of affection for B&W. I love breaking things down into the simplicity of light and shadow. :-)

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      Stunning battle between light and shadow - great black and white work Nick.

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      grinagallery 5 years ago

      @masaad: Thanks :-)

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      grinagallery 5 years ago

      @zirtoc: Thank you. :-)

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      zirtoc 5 years ago

      Wow, some really great photography! Keep up the good work.

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      masaad 5 years ago

      Brilliant Photography Cheers

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      grinagallery 6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan. :-) I hope to add more over time. :-)

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful photography! I really love black and white photos.

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      grinagallery 6 years ago

      @pawpaw911: Thank you for the kind words. :-)

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      You are very talented. Nicely done.