NP: If I were to categorize my work then I would be going backwards rather than forwards.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
NP: The color and light that I see before my eyes.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
NP: It generally just begins through a reflection, a crack of light, something small that could be made big.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
NP: A genuine soul to the work.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
NP: I can only talk about my life today, tomorrow I could be doing and thinking very differently. Today I see the raindrops falling on my room window, I may go outside and take some pictures or I may stay inside and keep on watching.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
NP: I think if money doesn’t play a role then impulse is my choice, if financially you’re taking a risk, then it might be wise to have a vague direction, nothing definite, just a rough idea.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
NP: To listen more.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
NP: A personal style really only comes out of an environment or space that you’re in, we’re not born with style, its something that is developed through accidents.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
NP: The hardest thing for me at the moment is making a choice of how to live a comfortable life, by balancing your ‘art’ and working for paid photography jobs.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
NP: I’m just grateful to have a desire to learn more and have a tool to express something I sometimes can’t another way.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
NP: I have always been inspired by the cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and of course sound, whether its a Pavarotti piece or some blues music, music is such an immediate form of expression.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
NP: Technology is what you make of it.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
NP: I really couldn’t answer that question, I’m not too sure sometimes how I myself see the world, let alone others!
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
NP: Yes, travelling is a wonderful experience. I live in Tokyo, so I do appreciate this city a lot. I was in Hong Kong not too long ago, a great energy there, totally different to here.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
NP: A book I really appreciate is Chroma by Derek Jarman.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
NP: Just keep on shooting and work with passionate people.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
NP: It means being me, complicated or simple.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
NP: Follow the light.
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