Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2000 Nicholas Ball has worked in a wide variety of roles in the film and television industry, from Clapper Loader to Director of Photography and from Director to Screenwriter and Photographer. Nicholas lives in Kent with his two children, Ronnie 11 and Juno 6, his favourite people and subjects. We caught up with Nicholas during lockdown to talk about family life and the role of photography day to day.
First off, how are you? Are you taking photographs in lockdown? Who or what have been your subjects?
We are all really well, thanks for asking. As lockdowns go we’re fortunate to be living with lots of outside space.
I’ve been taking pics of the countryside but mainly of the kids, I’ve also built a digital slit-scan camera which takes really strange and distorted images, in a way they’re quite representative of the weird times we’re living in and it's taken my photography in a totally new and exciting direction.
Have you documented any of the impact of the coronavirus?
Not the societal impact. The kids and I have got really into an app called Banuba so there are hundreds of photos on my phone of us with funny altered faces, the pics feel like a document of the strangeness of lockdown mentality, that feeling of not really knowing where to land or how to feel from one moment to the next.