08 Aug Insta Crush: The Nick of Time
Meet Nicholas Wong – an ardent coffeeholic, avid foodie and amateur photographer. Currently based in Melbourne, Nick enjoys his free time reading books, taking photos, playing video games, drinking coffee, making coffee and attempting independence, you know, just to name a few.
For Nick, photography began as a chore – think of a naive 12-year-old with no experience taking photos because he was being forced to. It wasn’t until his last year in high school that Nick started to take an interest in photography. And ironically, when he needed it most, a photography club did not exist in his high school. Truth be told, Nick got into photography because it was the “in” thing at the time. Everyone had chunky DSLRs, and so Nick was inspired to get his own. Soon enough, he discovered analog photography and his passion grew. Nick’s first actual experience taking proper photos was back in 2011, when the whole cafe-hopping trend was still niche. He found that his two new passions collided. And the rest they say, is history.
Most days, Nick can be found fiddling with his Leica M6 with a 50mm F/1.4 and his iPhone. On other days, he will be lugging around a messenger bag filled to the brim with equipment for his Canon 70D. The Leica film camera was a recent addition to his growing collection of film cameras – notably the Olympus OM1, Pentax K1000 and Nikon FM2. When asked about his photography style, Nick says that it is hard to answer because he is still struggling to discover who he is as photographer. He is in this experimental stage – capturing images of food, nature, coffee, landscapes, portraits or street. All he can do is to relate to a quote by Henri Cartier-Bression, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”. And he takes that to heart because he hasn’t even taken 5,000 photographs, let alone 10,000.
What Nick loves most about photography is the fact that he can discover himself through the pictures he takes. The learning curve is unquantifiable – books, classes, guides, and workshops – allowing Nick to engage deeply with this art form. With photography, one never stops learning. His works are simple, unpretentious and a breath of fresh air.
Presently, Nick is undertaking an Entrepreneurship degree at RMIT University in Melbourne with the hopes of transferring to the University of Melbourne by his second year. On the side, he attends smaller workshops on coffee and photography. Where would Nick be in 5 years? Hopefully combining his interests to start a business; something unorthodox that would involve a mix of the past and present, incorporating coffee, analog photography, vinyl and typewriters. It will be an exhibition space for local talent that will double up as a workshop for young artists. Keep an eye out for this talented 19-year-old. Amazing things come out from his humble work.