My names is Nathan Lucking I’m 21 and have recently graduated from the University of Kent after studying Computer Science and realising my love of music photography along the way; my relationship with photography started a long time before that, as a child I was always a fan of taking snapshots on family holidays with disposable 35mm camera.
I started to take photography a lot more seriously during my early teenage years when I would ride my bike across the local farm and surrounding woodlands and take pictures of what I though was interesting at the time, I’ve looked back at these images and they aren’t very good but we all have to start somewhere! From there I started to teach my self the basics of photography such as the rule of thirds and the relationship between shutter speed and aperture thanks to the power of the internet (in between my continued love of gaming) this continued for a number of years through my formal education where I decided to take a photography course after dropping a sadly less than enjoyable topic at A Level. This to me was one of the best decisions I have ever made, it showed me a different side of photography I’d never seen far more thought out and precise with direction rather than just what was in front of me, these and other lessons I learnt have helped me immensely ever since.
I started to shoot local music events for friends in bands around the same time, always having been a huge fan of music and having an appreciation for almost any genre, at the time I did not have the right equipment or knowledge to do the job well but my journey along the learning curve had begun and I was bitten by the bug. Even at small events with school bands at the time I remember the energy and excitement I get today shooting larger bands.
When I joined university I tried my luck at getting a press pass for a electronic music event in Bognor Regis called Bugged Out Weekender and to my surprise I got one! For this I knew I needed better equipment and purchase my first new lens for a Nikon D3000 DSLR I had received as present a couple of years earlier, a lens I still use to this day my Nikon 50mm f/1.8.During the event I met some wonderful people who I was initially so intimidated by – I was just a kid and this was their job, what the heck was I doing there! – but once I managed to muster up enough courage to talk to them, like almost everyone I’ve ever met shooting shows and festivals, they were down to earth lovely people who gave me solid advice which I’m thankful for.
I learnt a lot of lessons from that weekend about a lot of different aspects of the job including getting from Bognor Reigs to Canterbury for 9am on the Monday morning is possible but I would never suggest you try it, I had a lecture at 9am that I had thought I would totally be OK to attend as long as I could get there in time – how wrong I was – having gotten the first train out at 05:35 (it was so early I remember it) I got on to campus at about 5 minutes past 9, looked at the lecture hall I was meant to be in looked at the two big heavy bags I was carrying and went to bed having not slept the night before in order to get that first train home, I have never since attempted such a feat.
During my time at university I also worked with a great group of like minded music lovers in Kent called GIGglepics (sadly now defunct) shooting local and national acts at some great venues in Canterbury, there are a fair few of them for such a small city which are supported (and supporting) a thriving unsigned scene. This gave me an easy way to hone my skills without having to face such epic travel. Then I covered HammerFest for Music224.com in North Wales which was amazing and again a great learning experience this time I didn’t try to get to a 9am lecture I wrote of the next two days for sleep and editing.
Since then I’ve (somehow) graduated and shot a number of London shows and a few other UK festivals, hopefully this trend will continue for a long time to come.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and get a little more insight into the man behind the lens.
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Extra triva for anyone that made it to the end of that essay without falling asleep: I go by the pseudonym of NILPhotography which you may have guessed is based on my full name, it’s usually quite amusing when people try guessing what the ‘I’ is I think so far maybe two people have gotten it first guess.
One of my favourite photographers is Gregory Crewdson an American photographer who makes some of the most beautiful and often haunting images I highly recommend you check them out. Here’s one of my favourites to give you a starting point, also the documentary Brief Encounters follows him as he works around one small American town and gives a really interesting insight into what he does, how and why also the scale of the production behind these images that might blowy our socks off.