Jet-setting across the world or photographing celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr is all in a normal day for photographer, Nick Leary.
Beginning his career in the fashion industry as a model, Nick has seamlessly transitioned into a high profile photographer. He’s renowned for his stunning high fashion, luxury and lifestyle portfolio, including shoots for Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Moet Hennesy, as well as a regular part of the Jeanswest crew.
As the photographer for our most recent campaign, we caught up with Nick to talk photography, modelling and the launch of his new book, Brumby.
You’re always travelling for work, where is your favourite destination to shoot?
It’s always changing but at the moment, I love the feeling and colours of Australia. Amazing ocean and coastal blues with the incredible burnt orange and brown colours of the Aussie outback.
Earlier in your career you were on the other side of the lens, has your experience as a model shaped you as a photographer?
Yes, definitely. Modelling has given me a huge insight on how a shoot can unfold and the components from a model’s perspective that make a shoot great, or the negatives that can creep in and how to manage them.
What is your favourite part of a shoot?
The magic and blending of all the ingredients – the talent, styling, hair and make up, art direction and photography mixed with mother nature, and letting it all unfold for that perfect moment.
Describe your fashion style…
You shot our current campaign, which was shot at night in the streets of Sydney, any challenges?
It’s always a challenge shooting a city at night, there’s so many variables; weather, pedestrians, vehicles, crew energy, the surrounding lights … the list is endless. We had a great team on this campaign and Creative Director, Andrew, from Pencil & Pixel Creative, has great vision, so it made it easier to capture ‘the magic’.
You’re a regular on Jeanswest campaign shoots, do you have a favourite?
I loved Rottnest Island. I hadn’t been there for several years and always love an adventure.
2015 was a big year for you! Tell us about the launch of your first book, Brumby…
This project has been an ongoing labor of love for me. It is not only my passion but my way of paying homage to the magical country of my birth. Over the next several years, I hope to create a library of art that captures the emotion and power of ‘Modern’ Australia in its rawest and most natural form.
The Brumby symbolises what Australia means to me. They reflect and remind us of our own existence in Australia, and have a mix of almost every breed known to man in their DNA – like us Australians. The Brumby evokes an illusion of fragility and untamed beauty which belies their enormous strength, determination and resilience, able to endure and thrive in one of the harshest landscapes on earth.
‘Brumby’ is an illustrated hardback book, published by Thame and Hudson. The book was released on December 1st, 2015 and is available for purchase via www.nicklearycollections.com. Fine art prints are also available.
A quick flash back into some of Nick’s many amazing campaign shots for us…