Nick Wiltshire is a British photographic artist based in the Chilterns, just outside London, where he has lived most of his life.
After having difficulty at School because of undiagnosed dyslexia, Nick found photography as a way of expressing himself visually, often taking himself off into the woodland around the village where he lived to photograph the landscape. After leaving School, Nick pursued a career in photography, working in London in advertising and fashion as an assistant, and in photo labs.
However, his first love was for landscape photography, finding traveling into the countryside as a way to escape the city and to practice his art. It was only after he studied at Newport School of Art did Nick start to gain an understanding of the psychology behind the uses of photography for framing self identity. Studying photographers such as Jo Spence, Keith Arnatt and Faye Godwin opened up Nick's eyes to seeing what a photograph could mean in terms of the relationship between the subject, the photograph and the photographer.
The true meaning of why Nick is so bound to landscape (rural and urban alike), was only to be realised much later. After his partner lost her legs in the 2005 London bombs, Nick's relationship with London became very difficult. In 2012 Nick undertook an MA at the London College of Communication, it was here he started working with multiple exposures and image layering to create montage's that attempted to heighten immersion in the image.
Firstly this was related to people, street photographs from urban and rural locations. These confrontational images belied a very personal impression of the oily, gritty nature of the people and places he was photographing. This wasn't a photographic representation of any one person, more a symbol of the whole, an impression of what the public meant personally to Nick.
After this work, Nick focused on more of the landscape of London in particular, accumulating in the series 'Seeing the wild'. This work took key locations that represented the year subsequent to his partners injury. At this time he was working full time in central London, traveling from Finsbury Park, to work, to Roehampton in the evening to see his partner and then back again. The work explored feelings of the need to flee after the bombs, but the necessity to stay and look after his partner. The result was an exploration of the wildness of humanity in the fabric of places within London.
Subsequently, Nick has been working on images that explore more natural environments (only very recently has he started moving back into the urban environment). If 'Seeing the wild' were the 'fight', these expressive works are related to the 'flight'. Over the past 10 years, Nick has found peace and understanding in moving into the countryside and photographing locations that have culturally important resonances.
The Evocation project, is an ongoing expressive series of images that explore trauma, self identity and personal relationship to wilderness and history. For Nick, the encompassment of traveling, exploring, experiencing and connecting to a location that has historic and occasional traumatic resonance creates a reframing of personal experience. The subsequent artwork becomes a symbolic and subjective understanding of the place and it's experiences.