Studied: HNC & HND in Photography, Level 6 Visual Communications (Photography) (Top-Up)
Progression : Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton and freelance photographer
Liam Nicholls’ photography training began after a range of jobs including nursing and in security. A serious incident that took place during this latter profession saw him rethinking his future and finally pursuing the career that interested him most.
“I’d always been artistic and had ambitions of being a photographer,” said Liam. “Starting out as a higher education student with little academic experience in this area had its challenges, but I believed I could do it. And when I believe in something, I always want to give it my all.”
The photography studio that Liam has spent the last three years building in his back garden is testament to how determined he is to succeed. It came in useful during lockdown as he was able to photograph family members and continue developing as an artist. He is improving academically too.
“Coursework in particular proved to be a struggle,” said Liam. “I’ve always written things in my own words and not been too concerned about being formal. I had to improve this. Now, when I look over my work and see how much better It is, I can’t believe that it’s me who put it together.”
Liam’s priority over the next year is to focus on his Master degree.
“I initially wanted to carry on in visual communications then Wolverhampton University suggested that fine arts would suit me better,” said Liam. “I specialise in portraiture and have taken a lot of commercial photography commissions. I’m happy to have this experience under my belt. It’s something I can fall back on in future.
“For now though, I’m keen to further explore my creativity.”