What are some of your most memorable trips?
Africa 1996 / Patagonia 1998 / Alaska 2009 / Iceland 2009. Keep an eye on my Instagram: @nick_lavecchia for some old images from these trips.
Who is your favorite subject to shoot?
I guess that could depend on the day. The ocean is my most consistent subject. My family is right up there as favorite subjects. When it comes to characters riding waves…. Craig Anderson, Dave Rastovich, Mikey DeTemple, Chris DelMoro, Ryan Burch, Lauren Hill, Leah Dawson, Mele Saili, the list goes on but these names are up top.
Favorite place to shoot?
In and around the North Atlantic when it’s at it’s most raw and unsettling state.
What are some of the biggest challenges (in your opinion) that photographers face in the fast-paced digital / social age we live in today?
I used to think the over abundance of cameras and photographers in today’s world, but now I think it’s helping weed out the everyday snap shooters from the true working artists. One thing I’ve noticed among younger photographers is the need to “keep up” with everyone on social media. This is no doubt compromising the work of some. Social media is a tool and can be used to your advantage, but it shouldn’t completely dictate the work you are producing. I think it’s making it harder for new photographers to really fine tune their craft.
What do you want to be known for with your body of work?
Clean, simple and timeless. Constant observation is a large part of my photography. The more time spent seeing and understanding the subject, the more real the work will become. I hope this rings true in the pieces I choose to share.
Any upcoming projects you are excited about?
For the past few years I’ve been working on an ongoing series of textural images of the sea. Different times of year, under all kinds of weather. This project constantly keeps me inspired. I’ll be releasing a series of large format prints as well as a printed book in the near future.
Awesome! Can’t wait to see that. Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom or sage advice?
Make time for your passions. If you’re lucky you’ll be living off them before you know it. Step out past your comfort zone and give yourself an honest chance at whatever you do.
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