I have been a fan of Niki Boon's work forever and a day. I am always so moved by the honesty in her work. She was a way of collecting glimpses of real life, raw childhood, and human connection with a unique perspective and timeless character. I'm so excited to share her words and some of her favorite photographs with you.
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How did you get your start in photography?
My interest in photography started when I traveled and worked overseas after graduating from university, but I never really focused on it too much until we decided to educate our children alternatively at home. I knew I wanted to document our days , but I felt that my photography skills were limited, so I put a lot of late nights into researching how to improve my craft.
What artists have influenced your journey in photography? How have they inspired you?
Many of the magnum photographers, both past and present, as well as other documentary photographers have inspired me, their art as well as their passion and drive for their subjects and their stories. Eugene Richards, is probably one of my favourite documentary photographers.
I have also been inspired by painters and by sculptors. We don’t have so much of it where I live , but I love street art.
What is one thing you wish you know when you first started taking photographs?
That the best photographs come when you relax, relinquish all control ,and just let life happen (at least that is how it as been for me anyway)
What does photography mean to you?
I have always struggled with the written, and the spoken word... a big challenge for me. Photography has given me an alternative way me to tell a story and express myself.
What is the best thing about being a photographer?
The gift that documenting someone’s life and story with photography really is.
What is your favorite photograph you have taken to date?
I really wish I had one. I tend not to look back on my pictures very often to be honest, so I have never given it much thought. Any picture that I manage to make with all of them in the frame is always very special to me... it doesn’t happen very often.
What inspires your photographic vision?
I am not too sure about that to be honest , I guess I am always more inspired when I am outdoors.
How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography? Do you have a favorite flawed
I love that it becomes more about the feeling a picture gives you than about rules of composition, correct exposure, etc.