Artist / John Hicks
Born in Bristol, England, John Hicks always preferred everything but the conventional route of education. He left left school with poor grades and nothing but an interest in photography that had simply stemmed from the ownership of a Kodak Instamatic at age 10.
If you would ask him what he does professionally, he would say :
"I travel, take photos and stick them in albums!"
Making pictures is what defines me – it’s what I do, what I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. It’s what I’m driven by, distracted by and empowered by. It’s my strength and my weakness, my highest highs and my lowest lows, my memories, my everyday thought and my future.
Pure and simple – it’s my life and I love it.
I’ve been lucky. I’ve achieved a level of success I could only have dreamed possible. I’ve worked on global advertising campaigns and international publications that have taken me all over the world but still I’m that same obsessive, infuriating, creative kid endlessly searching for images that spin around my head and make me dizzy sometimes.
I’ve had good times riding waves of success and bad times sitting out the storms but mostly I’ve had the time of my life just doing what I want to do.
I want my images to have a mood and a feeling and a story to tell.
I’ve always liked to shoot stills in a cinematic way and capturing moving images on film is what really excites me now.
I’m inspired and humbled by all the characters my camera has given me the opportunity to meet and I hope my pictures do them some justice.