Acclaimed photographer Patricia Niven talks about the scope of her creative work and the themes that tie it all together.
Patricia Niven is a photographer who specializes in food, the people who grow it, cook it, and eat it — and the interconnectedness therein. In this episode, we talk about how to find your creative “thing” (following your interests each step of the way), and also pushing yourself to continue reaching for new things (she does a 90-day checkin with herself, introspecting on what she’s accomplished and what new pursuits she will start action on in the following 90 days).
She arrived in London on a one-way ticket from Australia 21 years ago. In her early years in London, alongside being a photographic assistant, she photographed within the music scene. Highlights included shooting portraits of musicians such as Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse & Cyprus Hill, documenting club nights in Brixton, and traveling to post-genocide Rwanda to document survivors, musicians, politicians & entrepreneurs.
She’s won many awards, from places like the Association of Photographers, the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards, and the Sunday Times Food Book of the Year award for her work with the Honey & Co cookbook, which is an all-time favorite. She’s also worked on cookbooks by Jack Monroe, including the photography for 3 of Jack’s book covers (and the photography for one full book) and the #CookforSyria book, which was a global project organised by Clerkenwell Boy.
Aside from her work in publishing and with restaurants, she also does portrait work and brand work…which all can, of course, be wrapped up into the topic of food! Her art has been exhibited everywhere from V&A Museum to the National Portrait Gallery.
“Do a thing you love and believe in.” – Patricia Niven
There’s another special guest in this episode! At the top of the episode, I introduce you all to Mark Dyck, the host of the podcast “Rise Up,” which is a podcast for bakers. I was so stoked when Mark agreed to hop on a call with me to share his passion for baking and to talk about his show. You can check that out here: https://riseuppod.com/
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