PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 113: Plus Photographer Nick Wynne

In episode 113 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering emotional connection, the importance of heroes in our creative lives and ask’s “What is the reality of earning a living as a commissioned analogue photographer?”

Plus this week photographer Nicholas J. R. White takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Below: This is the image by Nick Wynne that Grant refer’s to in this week’s episode

Nick Wynne was Born in 1971 in Parkgate Wirral in the North West of England. His father was a builder who ran a small firm with his mother and he moved house a lot as a child as his family would buy land build a house, sell and repeat. Nick ran away from his private high school, ended up in a comprehensive school and failed all of his exams except for art. An art teacher in high school introduced him photography and showed him how to make prints on an old enlarger. Nick went onto art collage in Wallasey near Liverpool out of desperation and completed a diploma and a two year BTEC in photography where he was introduced to the photographer Tom Wood. In 1989 Nick travelled to Romania by car and photographed Romanian and Hungarian gypsies before going onto Wolverhampton University to study photography under photographer Nick Hedges but left after a few weeks. He went alone to the United States and hitched from New Jersey before buying a car and travelling to photograph in Arizona State Penitentiary, sleeping rough on petrol station forecourts, he was escorted out of town in New Jersey for vagrancy and spent a day in ‘The Pen’. Returning to the UK in 1990/1 Nick applied to Gwent Collage Newport led by photographer Daniel Meadows and left at the end of the course without collecting his certificate or proof he’d ever been there! In 1992/3 he worked on building sites as a labourer, got married and had a child, with three more children following in quick succession. In 1995 he moved to Birkenhead and having bought and sold many properties has returned to Neston, Wirral. Nick has no website but posts his work both new and old on Twitter and Instagram with great passion and regularity. He owns and runs a small fencing firm consisting of himself and one labourer.
Twitter: @NickWynne3. Instagram: nicholasthomaswynne

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Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.

His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

© Grant Scott 2020


  1. I found this podcast episode as much informative as I did settling with regards to my current photographic concerns, Thank you this was much needed.

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