The Artists

Nick Rayment

August 25th, 2014

Photography • Philadelphia, PA, USA •

“I work mostly in Portraiture, as a way to look deeper into a person.”


Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: I think it’s important to be able to connect with what you are photographing. I also want there to be meaning to a lot of my work even if it doesn’t show immediately on the surface. When it comes to photographing family, I want to be able to show the care I have for these people. I want the bond we have together to come across with each photograph. I also strive to make normal moments of everyday life look more exciting and compelling.

Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: I love being able to look into someone’s life through a photograph. Being able to study a person by spending time with them is important. The idea that you can learn so much about a photographer and their subject through a photograph excites me.

Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: The interface between sound and visual became so much clearer and important to me after a recent body of work I did. I worked on documenting my brother with his disease Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that affects the lungs, so being able to see video of him and hear him breathing was very powerful. His breathing machine he uses is also very loud and hearing that added more the story of what he deals with everyday. Also being able to see more visual art like performance art mixed with projection and sound has brought me a better understanding of sound and visual.

Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: I work with many ideas at once and try and write them down and work them out. I also find a lot of ideas spontaneously through everyday life. I think some projects are short and simple but other can be life long projects that really never have an end. I think as a work ages it takes different forms and you can find different meanings in the work you didn’t see in the beginning while you were creating it.

Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: I believe in the result more than the process. I think you can create a powerful project out nowhere. You don’t have to have a long drawn out special process in order to make something great. I think great work can be made no matter the medium.

Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: I think independent communities allow artist to grow and thrive in a way they may not have been able to alone. Working with different artists from different backgrounds really helps you learn and grow as an artist. This goes beyond photographers working with other photographers, I mean photographers working with graphic designers, dancers, etc.

Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I mainly work digitally when it comes to photography but also shoot film whenever I have the chance to. I am also comfortable shooting digital video as well. I am also looking forward to working with more performance and projection work.

Q: Please tell us how people can further support you and your work.
A: I am always up to being contacted to work on new projects and collaborate with other artists. I can be reached by email at njr7988@gmail.com for commissioned work or any other questions. If you would like to see more work you can check out my Tumblr and follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Video work will be posted on Vimeo.

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