Image capturing technology has changed a lot in the last ten years. So much so that today's DSLRs shoot video, making it easier for photographers to venture into motion. He explains this is the direction he's headed.
"I still use a DSLR so it feels very similar to staging a photograph, but now I am directing scenes based in time instead of moments. So lately I have been getting a lot of enjoyment from trying to depict the subtly psychotic, the quietly deranged and people who are occupying a different reality, a place that never makes sense and is often condemned in our day to day culture."
His work and style already provide inspiration for peers of all ages, but who does he look up to?
"I think I get the most out of artists who are not primarily photographers. When I idolize a photographer, it really shows in my work, like my style morphs to theirs. So I try to focus on artists who draw, paint, or make films so I don't have to worry about adopting a photographic style that is not my own. I really love Egon Schiele, Stanley Kubrick, Salvator Dali, Roman Polanski, Harmony Korine, and Wernor Herzog, all for their own reasons. Film directors that use subtle diversions from reality to create new worlds are my favorite meal. As I am still in school I am so thankful to have people like Ed West and Holly Hughes who are each both huge stores of information and offer great, honest opinions. Stamps is pretty stocked with solid professors, I like them all, even the ones I disagree with I really enjoy the challenge they provide."
(That last sentence is incredibly important!!!)
Professor Ed West has not only helped Nicholas perfect studio lighting, but also pushes him to travel and explore photo stories as he did following drag performer Dulce De Leche with the Kelly McKinnell Memorial Award.