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.

Penthouse Prints – The Art of Property Promotion

April 22nd, 2014

For an unusual commission, brokered by Edelman PR, Berkeley Homes asked me to exhibit a selection of my prints in a one-night-only Private View to help draw in potential purchasers for 4 penthouse apartments in their Roman House City of London luxury development.  Picking images from my ‘City Life’ collection to show the character and history of the surrounding Square Mile location, it was certainly a sumptuous setting for these tailored-to-fit prints and I was very pleased with the enthusiastic response from the various movers and shakers attending.

Discussing print details with the superbly well-informed City Guide, Tina Baxter, in the dining area of the Julius Penthouse in Roman House.  http://missbtakesawalk.blogspot.co.uk/

Beside one of my images of Roman House with the adjacent old Roman wall section, specially commissioned by Berkeley Homes for the exhibition.

Art writer, Farah Ahamed, wrote a story-blog inspired by this image ‘Barbican romance’  http://thiswomanswork2014.tumblr.com/writer

All event images by the excellent Mike Couchman.  http://www.mikecouchman.com/

Aluminium-mounted ‘Di-bond’ prints for the exhibition beautifully printed by Mark Foxwell at http://www.genesisimaging.co.uk/index.html

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Magazine Feature on ‘City Life’ Exhibition

February 12th, 2014

The February edition of ‘The City Magazine’  — the stylish and informative publication for London’s business community — has a great 6-page review of my ‘City Life’ exhibition of photographs highlighting the amazing diversity of daily life within  The Square Mile.

Take a look at the full magazine and find page 18:

http://issuu.com/runwildmedia/docs/city_feb_14_-_issuu

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First Photo-set as Artist-in-Residence at Guildhall Library

January 6th, 2014

My new commission as Artist-in-Residence at the Guildhall Library challenges me to come up with a new ‘photo-set’ of 26 images every 4 months focusing on the City of London  —  a subject matter that, for most people, conjures up images of suit-clad workers toiling away at computer screens.   However, a quick scroll through my City photographs soon revealed a very different side to daily life within The Square Mile, one featuring such varied activities as ice-skating, sun-worshipping, Morris Dancing and even romance.  It’s this relaxed, fun, recreational side of the City that’s become the theme for my first photo-set, on view until 11th April.  It’s a reminder that all those 380,000 workers who flood into the City every day, do take time off to enjoy the unique mix of ancient and modern buildings, streets, parks and squares that make up the City of London —  yes, there is life beyond the computer screen.

‘City Life: The Square Mile’s Many Faces’.

Do visit this Free Exhibition from January 6th to 11th April 2014.

Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH.

Tel: 0207 332 1868

Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/exhibitions/Pages/City-Life-%E2%80%93-The-Square-Mile%E2%80%99s-Many-Faces.aspx

 

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The Photo-set – Presentation with Punch

August 6th, 2013

Pick a theme and then watch it come to life in a uniquely eye-catching way.  This has been my experience with creating photo-sets for a range of clients.  It’s extraordinary how juxtaposing individually framed prints of varying shapes and sizes and installing them close together within a straight-edged configuration, can throw up wonderful dynamics between different images, whilst presenting an immediate, yet detailed overview of a subject.  I first used this form of presenting my photography in a project for P&O’s ‘Azura’ superliner in 2009 and it’s been popular ever since.  As a truly bespoke print format, it can be designed to fit any size of wall space, as well as cleverly encompassing many different facets of a subject.  Clients love this, as a photo-set has immediate impact as a large, varied artwork and yet offers plenty of detail, so that you never get tired of looking at it.

For my exhibition on the City Gardens Team at the Guildhall, a large photo-set was the obvious solution to how to show the incredible variety and scale of these urban gardeners’ work.  A photo-set of 26 prints in a configuration stretching 4.2 meters wide by 1.7 meters high became the exhibition’s centre-piece.  It’s been so successful as a form of presentation, that the Guildhall Library have decided to keep it in place, updating the prints with other images in due course, including further selections from my own London photography.  Watch this space…or should I say, spaces!

26-print photo-set for ‘The Green Team’ Exhibition at Guildhall Library.

8-print photo-set for P&O’s Azura superliner.

Photo-sets work really well in residential properties too:

To see more about photo-sets, do go to:

http://www.nikigorick.com/photo-sets.php

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Magazine feature on ‘City Gardens Team’ Exhibition & Book

July 19th, 2013

The influential glossy for London’s business community, ‘The City Magazine’, features a double-page, illustrated article in the July issue on my exhibition and book on the City Gardens Team.  It’s a great review and is very enthusiastic about the exposure of these world-beating ‘Secret Gardeners’ within The Square Mile’.

Take a look at the full magazine:

http://rwmg.co.uk/website/advertising__description.php?id_advertising=147

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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.

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/Pages/Exhibitions-at-Guildhall-Library.aspx

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

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/_layouts/col/product-details.aspx?productId=0915fa3e-45de-e211-b3e0-005056b5681b

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Why Use Colour in Black & White Prints? Read on…

March 26th, 2013

For years, I have photographed purely in black and white.  For me it suits London as a city, with its watery light, strong buildings and rushing people,  and as I always aim for form and line in my images, black and white focuses the eye on these elements beautifully.  But for the Park Plaza County Hall’s bedroom prints, adding a touch of colour seemed absolutely right.  Suddenly, the opportunity of reflecting the rich and warm colour palette of yellows and purples within the black and white, added a playful and stylish new dimension to my images.  Without going overboard with total technicolour, the gentle colouring of certain elements within the photograph  –  such as a sky or an item of clothing  –  threw the remaining black and white areas into dramatic relief, giving an unusual and interesting new look to some classic London images.  No cliched red buses here, just a coming together of complimentary tones to create an exciting painterly effect.  I still think pure black and white prints look wonderfully striking but there’s no doubt that in certain design settings, a touch of colour can work a treat  — definitely something to bear in mind for the future.

 

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Before and After: from Paris to London at Grosvenor House

December 13th, 2012

Grosvenor House didn’t want a complete re-vamp of their prominent ground-floor cafe, just a change of country.   Calling me in as a known specialist in London photography, they were keen to oust a series of French-themed prints in favour of images to immediately convey to hotel guests that they were sipping their coffee in the heart of Britain’s vibrant capital, not by the Champs-Elysees.  In this great celebratory year of the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, patriotism was the driving force, so it was out with the folie bergere dancers and in with Boedicea and the Horseguards.  It felt great to reclaim such a high-profile space for London!

And here you have it  —  the before and after photographs.

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Tailored Reflections

September 17th, 2012

I was prowling around looking for photographs of London Fashion Week and came across this young gent in bowler hat and camel overcoat, obviously attracted by the traditional wares on offer in Jermyn Street.  It seems that great tailoring never goes out of fashion.

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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:

http://www.johnlewis.com/231420377/Product.aspx

http://www.shop.nikigorick.com/image/827850/niki-gorick-building-the-olympic-stadium

http://www.nikigorick.com/photo.php?photoId=483

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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