Nick Smith

Nick Smith

What’s your background?

I am a working class visual artist and photographer. I am at a strange point in my life where I have nearly lived in London for as long as I lived in Liverpool, where I grew up. I am interested in how that experience has somehow programmed who I am.

What influences you artistically?

My moving image works are influenced by landscape paintings of the industrialised north, social realist British documentary makers and photographers as well as DJ sets from early UK Techno, Jungle and House pioneers.

How do you start a new work?

I will have a general feeling about a moment or image or bit of footage or memory that lingers and I will usually bring it up in conversation and observe the response it gets. I’ll then write down my thoughts and feelings on the idea and from that will start to research and think about how that could then become an image.

What are you working on right now?

I am finishing a film about the shift from public to private housing called ‘It’s A Done Deal’ and making a body photographic works off the back of the film. In addition I am researching another film which I will start late 2022 early 2023 about influential club venues in Liverpool called ‘Comedown’.