At the age of eighteen he started training in advertising and fashion photography at Medway College of Art and Design in Rochester, Kent. After spending three years in this course, he attained his Diploma of Photography.
In 1982, aged 27, Nigel came to Australia for a holiday and never went back! While in Perth he worked for various photographic studio’s and was soon directing his own studio in Mandurah.
Nigel headed south to Esperance and gave away photography while taking up farming for the next eight years. Moving north to Newman in the Pilbara region, he started work as a driller and shotfirer. It was in this remote location that his passion for photography was “reignited” by the incredible landscapes. From his base in Newman he started to explore the rugged north west of the state with his cameras and during this time he bought his first panoramic camera, a Hasselblad XPan. Eighteen months later he purchased his second panoramic camera, a Linhof Technorama 617S III. Nigel’s main cameras now are Nikon and Sigma Quattro’s.
Nigel set up Red Dirt Photography in Broome in 2002. There he continued to chase the wild light that makes the red Pindan soil explode into colour and transforms the landscape into an amazing palette for photography.
My images let people view how I see the beauty and ruggedness of the North West, the places they have been to but have never really seen before.
In July 2006, Nigel held a solo exhibition called “Dreaming of Water” in Broome’s The Bay Gallery. During the next 9 years he won numerous local Photographic awards and was involved in many local community Photographic events.
Nigel recently moved south to Fremantle WA for some family time and change of Photographic direction. He closed the Broome Gallery in October 2015 and will be teaching on only one tour for 2016, the 10 Day Gibb River Road Photographic Tour. (May 15-24 2016)
There are many tours operating in the Kimberley but none of them are as instructive or as sharing of photographic knowledge than the Red Dirt Photographic Tour that Nigel personally conducts. For those with an inquisitive mind, wanting to know how some of these photographs are achieved, Nigel’s instructions will help you get there!
Contact Nigel or Helen for more information or fill in the contact page and they will get back to you.