Melbourne-based, award winning photographer Nicole Reed proclaims that, for her, photography is more than just a career – it’s her reason for living.
Rarely leaving the house, never mind the country, without her camera, Nicole is proud to have been bitten by the travel bug and searches for the muse of her next frame around every corner. While her work is undoubtedly artistic, Nicole draws inspiration from editorial, documentary and reportage photography, but above all, travel.
Along with her versatile and adaptive style of portrait photography, Nicole has a niche talent for capturing urban environments, giving way for her to produce truly iconic image collections. Her documentation of urban sprawl, decay and abandon shows not only her sheer motivation for social commentary but also her innate ability to source beauty in places overlooked by the untrained eye. Shooting a fine balance of derelict and disused environments across the globe, including Indonesia, Japan, USA and her backyard of Australia, Nicole’s images dictate a combined set of emotions – a sense of mourning and celebration for what these places once were.
Damo: What’s your first memory of the Screaming Hand? Where does it take you back to?
Nicole Reed: I grew up in a country town, on a steep hill, and for some crazy reason our parents let my younger brother (by 2 years), Adam, and myself skateboard down the hill in the middle of the road on our banana boards. I have a few scars still from this period in my life! A little later on when we were older (mid mid to late 80’s) my brother built a half pipe in our backyard, it was just below my bedroom window and we used to play bands like The Dead Kennedys and Suicidal Tendencies from our cassette players out the window. I used to sit and watch them skate, take polaroids and listen to music. This was my first memory of skate graphics and the Screaming Hand. While I was still only skating down the hill on my banana board I remember being fascinated by the boys boards and the designs they choose. It reminds me of being young, carefree, warm and unafraid of being hurt.
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