„Nick is an observer par excellence. With an underlying, yet gently satirical sense of humour, his documentary photography is as carefully considered as he is as a person. His portraits are wonderfully to the point, allowing his subjects to flourish in his frame, whilst his landscapes convey a poetic and timeless sense of space. He never strays far from his very own visual language, making it a recurring joy to discover what he next has in store for us.” – Petek Sketcher – Art Buyer – Winkreative
Nick Ballon (b.1976) lives and works in London.
A rich Bolivian heritage plays a key role in Nick’s subject matter and identity as a photographer, alongside a desire to feel more connected and explore the idea of ‘foreignness’ in his work within a country closely connected to him in spirit although lives 6000 miles away from.
Visually Nick has developed a style and palette that uses muted colours and a neutral tones. These tones and the environment where a particular type of soft lighting exists are sought out during the process of setting up a picture. This often creates a subtle and understated image, which accentuate his intent with ambiguity and at times a playful humor. In order to explore this sense of the ambiguous place, Nick uses a combination of environment, portrait and landscape .
Nick’s ability to examine the familiar yet strange, seeing beauty in our unexceptional and day-to-day experiences, has allowed him to bring a diversity of subjects into his work which translates across his work.
2014 Fuse Art Space, Bradford – Portrait Salon (group show)
2014 Strand Gallery – Terry O’Neill (group show)
2013 Phoenix Gallery – Brighton Photo Fringe (group show)
2013 Miniclick and Portrait Salon Exhibition – Daphne Selfe
2013 KK Outlet (solo show) – Ezekiel 36:36
2013 Les Rencontres d’Arles projection – Guardian Night of the Year
2013 Maison de l’Amandier, St Remy, France – Pierre and the Almond Tree
2013 Four Corners Gallery – A Year In Development
2012 Portrait Salon – Daphne Selfe
2014 Lens Culture Awards Finalist – Ezekiel 36:36
2013 Terry O’Neill Awards Finalist – Ezekiel 36:36
2013 TIME – best photobooks of 2013 – Ezekiel 36:36
2013 Portrait Salon – Ezekiel 36:36 & Virtue of Wrestling
2013 Winner OPEN13 Brighton Photo Fringe (Ezekiel 36:36)
2013 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize – 2nd round
2013 Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant – Honourable mention
2013 Ezekiel 36:36 – self published
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