NICHOLAS MEHEDIN – THE MAKERS

Meet the American photographer and see a curated selection of his work.

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Where do you look for inspiration?
I’ve yet to find a steady well of inspiration, aside from stalking insanely talented photographers on instagram, but Twin Peaks has definitely helped inspire and frame the work I’ve been making recently.

Describe one of your most challenging moments shooting.
My photographic practice mostly consists of me driving around aimlessly before stumbling upon something that interests me. So I often find myself trudging through rough terrain, jumping fences, carrying a lot of kit, waiting hours making long exposures, etc. I suppose when I put myself self through a bit of hell to make an image it makes the whole endeavor feel a little more justified.

What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done for a shot? 
See previous answer. In most instances I find myself dancing a thin line between what could be considered devotion or stupidity. Luckily, I primarily shoot alone so the only one to judge me is myself.

What keeps you motivated/ excited about life?
Not a whole lot. So much of the freelance lifestyle feels like treading water, but then you make that one image and it’s suddenly all worth it.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned since you started photography?
I’ve learned to stop making excuses for myself to not make images. I suffer a curse where if I drive by something that interests me, even if it has been there for years, I’ve doomed that subject. I’ll come back at another time to make the image and suddenly its destroyed or changed. So I try my best to practice trusting my instincts and make images as they come.

Describe your favourite part of the world (aside from home) and tell us why.
I have never been, but I fantasize about Tokyo a lot. The surreal and overt commercialism rings so many aesthetic cherries for me.

Who is one of your favourite people to work with and why?
I have really enjoyed assisting photographer Noah Kalina the past couple of years. He encourages a collaborative energy on set and every time we work together I admire his ability for quickly finding what is elemental about a scene.

What’s your favourite photo (ever / at the moment) and why?
A friend of mine, Kendall Waldman, went to Hong Kong about a year ago and once sat me down to show me selects. She made this image of an old man in the street wearing a yashica T-shirt that blew me away. I’ve only seen the image on maybe two other occasions since then, but I would love that image screen-printed on everything I own. We constantly joke about it and it’s even become its own genre. When we share images we often judge if they are “Yashica Man” level good.

How do you want to be remembered?
I’d settle for being remembered at all.

Want to see more of Nick's work? Hit his website or Instagram account.

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