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Freddie Gibbs, Snakes, and Showers with FKA Twigs: Nick Walker, Digging Through the Greats

Each week, Green Label invites a visionary photographer, filmmaker, designer or artist to dig through their folios and tell the story of their favorite works. This is: Nick Walker.

I always was drawn to imagery, but I never really knew it. I always cared about pictures, ads, things in magazines and on the walls, but I just liked looking at them. I always loved taking pictures, but I always kind of thought you were a hippie if you did photography—it didn’t seem like a job, just something fun to do. Then I moved to New York for business school, and I started working at a studio, which opened me up to the possibility of pursuing photography as a serious career. I had a vision, so I decided to take a change and try it out.

I’m 33, so when I first got into the photo industry, about 11 years ago, digital hadn’t taken over yet; it was just being introduced. So the industry was structured much differently. As your career would arc, you’d branch into filmmaking and things like that, moving forward in your craft. So one day, after I had been doing photography for a while, I said I wanted to start making videos. I got the opportunity to do some fashion video for some higher end clients, which is where it all started.

The whole idea of a timeline didn’t really exist for me. I was like, “If I wanna make a video, I’m gonna make a video!” I didn’t feel like I had to wait until I was a big photographer to do something big. Technology helped with this—all of a sudden, there were all these new opportunities to take advantage of.

I can’t tell you how many people in this industry I’ve met that I thought would never come back into my life. Never, ever burn your bridges. At this point, nobody’s that talented; nobody’s reinventing the wheel. So it’s important to be likable, since someone could easily replace you if they wanted.

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