Budgies, bikes and families. A Trilogy.
10 Jan, 2023
This work initially emerged from lived experience and childhood memories but then, through a series of chance encounters, became an exploration of friendship, conflict, humour and humanity. It looks at relationships, acceptance and trust within a closely self-guarded community, where utopian desires exist in windows decorated with flowers and pride fronting forbidden spaces behind closed doors that hang full of lost innocence and diminishing dreams. Kept within a cycle of deprivation- not necessarily of wealth, but of information and alternative realities- this is an intimate, visceral portrait of people whose lives are caught in oscillation between incarceration and freedom.
b. 1970, Neath, South Wales Nik discovered his passion for photography while pursuing a successful career in garden design, and is a recent graduate from the Documentary Photography MA at University of South Wales. Here, he has developed a highly immersive method for image making, shaped by his interest in social change and the impact of institutions on individual behaviour. He has a very human approach to his work. The budgie died instantly, his first monograph has been published by Setanta Books, 2020. Two further chapters are currently in progress; ‘it’s hard to report a stolen bike stolen’ and ‘as far as they’re concerned we are a normal family’.