Hi, I'm Niki, a UK fine art photographer specialising in black & white images of London. I always aim to capture the true character of the city, from its famous landmarks to its vibrant street-life.

Finding my ‘Green Team’ — out of necessity comes creativity.

June 2nd, 2013

Photographing people in the streets of London is still legal (provided you don’t snap the same people repeatedly, which qualifies as stalking) but there’s no doubt that in these litigious times, taking close-ups of people’s faces now carries more risk of complications.  That is, unless you get the subject’s permission.  This is often completely impractical in London’s busy streets but with my background in theatre, people and their activities are central to how I photograph the city.  For me, it’s all about showing London as a living city by capturing the changing lives and emotions of Londoners.  And how on earth do you do that without showing their faces?

After over a decade of photographing London, I was getting increasingly frustrated, feeling that now I should only capture the back of people’s heads  —  where was the drama and excitement in that?  One obvious way around this restriction was to find an interesting group of Londoners who would allow me to get up close without any legal retaliation.  I was also keen to try and reveal a hidden side to London, to photograph people who had not been put under the spotlight before.  Miraculously, the perfect opportunity literally popped up.  Walking by St. Paul’s, I was surprised by a man in green emerging from bushes with a wheel-barrow; a chance encounter that began my fascination with how an eclectic band of 30 or so men and women create natural beauty and tranquility in over 200 green spaces within the Square Mile.

In the City Gardens Team, I had found some unsung horticultural heroes whose extraordinary work gives so much pleasure to all who work or visit the City of London but who had never been consistently photographed.  The Corporation of London’s Open Spaces department welcomed my interest and after establishing that I was not a member of the paparazzi intent on sensationalism, consented to my photographing the Team’s day-to-day activities.   Thus began a thoroughly enjoyable 2-and-a-half years of unfettered access to this expert team of urban gardeners, with opportunities for close-ups galore.  The printed results can now be seen at an extensive free exhibition at the Guildhall Library until 26th July, along with an accompanying book.  Out of necessity truly comes creativity.


The accompanying book is available to buy from the Guildhall Library Bookshop:


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Capturing History in the Making – the Olympic Stadium London 2012

August 1st, 2012

I’ve always been fascinated by how buildings evolve and the lure of capturing the creation of the Olympic Stadium in East London’s Stratford was too tempting to resist.  But where to get a good vantage point?

Back in September 2008, the industrialised wasteland that was to become the Olympic Park was strictly out of bounds, with huge earth-moving trucks and embryonic cranes cordoned off behind high mesh fences and polite but monosyllabic security guards.  It didn’t look promising.  However, trudging desperately around the western edge of the site, I found a chink in the defenses in the form of the Lea Valley Greenway.  This elevated footpath (romantically built on top of a sewer embankment) miraculously presented a stunning view right beside the Stadium site itself  —  no high fences, no ‘keep out’ notices, just the perfect public spot from which to record the emergence of this iconic structure.  Picking a position where I guestimated the centre of the stadium would eventually be amongst all the cranes, I took the first photographs.  To get the right effect, I would have to be able to return to exactly the same spot for all subsequent photographs.  I had no real hope that this could possibly happen.  Surely, officialdom or Health and Safety kill-joys would blanket this off and thwart my desire to record history in the making.

For the next 3 years, I returned every few weeks to take pictures, convinced that my magic spot would have disappeared.  As you will see from above, fortune smiled.  Only on my final visit did I find the long-feared high mesh fences erected between the walkway and the now topped-off stadium.  But one old, low, metal section still remained and hopping over this for a few seconds, I managed to capture my final shot.  No hurdling gold medal perhaps but John Lewis liked the image combination enough to choose it as one of their London prints to sell for the Olympics and I have the huge satisfaction of my 3-year pilgrimage being available for all to see.

Do take a look at how these photographs can be bought as prints:




I would love to hear if anyone has captured other London iconic structures being built.  The Shard for example?  photos@nikigorick.com




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