Interview by Aoife Dunne
Adam-Peter Hicks, the nineteen year old upcoming photographer from Norwich.
“My inspiration in life was my grandfather, as he had a love for the unusual and the imperfect, and this has become a major part in my work.”
Being only seventeen, I find this photographer so relatable. His style is so fresh and pure. He captures the perfect moods that just seem so natural and youthful. Honesty in my eyes is his main substance. It runs through all of his photos & I think it’s fucking awesome! He is a photographer who’s reached almost like a new level. His photos just happen and they tell an instant story which is what good photographs should do.
What is the life of Adam-Peter like?
My life at present is really rather exciting. There are lots of projects taking place and shoots within music and fashion. I’m also a collaboration to extend my photography into the fashion field further.
How did photography happen for you, do you have any major influence or inspiration in your life that has driven you towards this career?
I started Photography at A-Level. I've always been interested in imagery and design in different forms, but this was my main passion and something that I wanted to push forward into a career. I would say my inspiration in life was my grandfather as he had a love for the unusual and the imperfect, and this has become a major part in my work.
Do you think your background has a lot to do with the style of your shots & do you think your upbringing has influenced the pictures you take?
Indeed it does. I was brought up in an urban surrounding with all different kinds of people around me. I feel this has helped my work become what it is today.
If you could swap lives with an icon of yours for a day, who would it be and what would you do, where would you go?
I can't say who it would be but I would like to be a model for a day. Just to see another perspective of photography and to see what’s it like behind the camera.
Do you have a favourite shot & why?
I do have a favourite shot, and it would be a test shot I did with a friend. This photo is special to me, because there was nothing involved apart from my camera and the model. I love the simplicity of this photograph.
What makes a good photo, would you consider the background story to the picture as important as the technicality of the entire image?
I think both have a part in making a good photograph, but I would say the story is more important as the audience can grasp an understanding and get involved in the thought process behind the image. With the technical side of things, the audience would just see the image as being a ‘pretty image’.
If photography never happened for you, where do you think you’d be today? What do you think you’d be doing at this exact moment in time, and who would you be spending your time with?
I think I would probably be studying graphic design further if photography wasn’t an option and I would probably being spending my time with art based people still but just within a different field.
Describe a typical day in the life of Adam- Peter Hicks.
I wake up around 10am every morning (unless photographing). The first thing I do is reply to all emails as I like to be organized and ready for the dayahead. I then get ready and maybe meet some friends for lunch. Once the evening begins I then start chatting to people about future shoots, such as stylists, MUA and hair stylists. I tend to go through all my photographs on my laptop at least once a week also to keep my mind fresh, and it’s helpful as sometimes you see images that you end up using that you never thought you would. Then I get ready for bed and sleep.
Being only nineteen, what is next for you, tell all!!
I'm working on collaboration with an Illustrator using my imagery to create silk scarves/ other items of clothing and home ware which is extremely exciting as this is an extension of my work. I am becoming busier as time goes on, so I’m hoping it will get to a stage where I'm photographing practically every day.
A model you would love to work with?
I would love to work with Freja Beha Erichsen, as she has a beautiful and very versatile face. I would also love to work with Erika Linder or Andrej Pejic as I love working with androgynous beauty.
In your eyes what’s your most exciting project to date?
I would say my most exciting project is probably the shoot I did for Volt Café. Everything just fitted together in this shoot perfectly. The element of fun, with the surroundings and clothing just all ties well together.
How would you describe yourself and how does your work reflect and express who you are?
I am a fun yet a serious character which is reflected in my work. Photography is how I release my emotions so I would say you can tell who I am and how I'm feeling at the time by looking at my images.