The Argus’ Holly Knight interviews Christian Nimri, who works as a freelancer photographer, covering; events, portraiture, music, and fashion, whilst also studying photo media at Griffith. Holly asks Nimri about his personal style and the impact of social media on photography as a career choice.
How did you get into photography?
My whole life I’ve enjoyed photography, mostly street photography. I did some graphic design on forums and would occasionally find some really, really nice photos people have taken. I would roam the albums of Flickr and Photobucket going through street, portrait, and concept art. Though I mainly started when I was creating Youtube videos (I know… so embarrassing). One day I posted a photo I took and people actually liked it, the rest is history.
What is your photographic style?
Over time my style has transformed constantly and to be honest, I’m still trying to figure out something that I can stick to, and develop into my own. I can say right now my main styles are Events, Music, Fashion, and Portraits. Especially with portraits, I love to emulate the look of film. Though I’d really like to better my skills with concept photography.
Where do you get inspiration?
I follow a bunch of Facebook groups and photo forums (Flickr, 500px, etc…) that bring a lot of inspiration to my work. There are so many communities that are so positive and help you progress much faster through proper critique. However, my biggest inspiration is a friend from Melbourne, Jackson Grant. He mostly does wedding photography, his editing and continuous progression of style is something that gets me to do the same.
I’ve known Jackson for years, so we’ve both had the opportunity to see each other develop and progressively become stronger in our fields.
What do you want to say through your photographs, and how do you do to achieve this?
A funny thing I’ve noticed, previously I never had a story behind my photographs. I would just go out and shoot and see what I can come up with. The past me would think the ‘in the moment’ an improvised photo shoot. Now it’s different; my photographs can have themes, stories, emotions, previously thought out. I want my photographs to tell people the story of the subject.
For example, the photo of my father and my grandmother shows the trial and struggle behind being a caretaker. It’s an all-day, all night gig.
In my music photography, the passion behind the artist and how they’re performing. It’s a whole self-image that their performance is creating.
If you could only shoot one thing for the rest of your career what would it be?
Festivals and music for sure!
It’s so exhilarating. Especially as I’m a massive fan of a lot of the musicians I photograph - it’s a win-win. There is also something about being amidst the action and having to fight for the best area, photo pits are bloodbaths!
As well as music photography being so much more. You get to go to music festivals, concerts, and if you’re good enough or know the right person, travel with the bands. It’s all a memorable experience, I can retell the stories of every single shooting experience I’ve had with music.
Do you think that with the current age of social media and selfies that photography as a profession is losing traction?
I don’t think it’s losing traction. As a profession it’s becoming a lot more mainstream, however, it’s still got the grit behind it. Like you can’t just purchase a camera and start taking self-portraits and have it automatically become your job. There’s so much work that goes behind successful photography businesses and personalities. Especially those built through social media. Social media is bittersweet, it’s given selfies and narcissism a big pay rise- but that doesn’t halt photography as a profession.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Hopefully graduated, that’s for sure, ha! In all seriousness, I’d really like to see myself being able to travel for photography. I’ve been getting into fashion, but also very well integrated into the music scene. It’ll be some blood, sweat, and tears, but it’ll be worth it later.