If you ask an cycle tourer why they like cycling they will certainly tell you that they love the feeling of discovery and adventure that cycling affords. They will also tell you that they like the connection with place and people that cycling facilitates. If you ask a travel or documentary photographer the same question you may well get very similar answers. As a cycle tourer and photographer myself, as soon as I learned about Nick Hand’s travels I felt compelled to interview him for WeAreOCA.
Nick’s personal qualities are a summary of a character ‘wants list’ in any photographer interested in photographing people. Good-natured, patient, respectful, a good listener and with a firm and contagious belief in the value of his photography. Nick has found a personal style, a theme – traditional trades in heritage & arts industry – and a method – cycling – that he likes and enjoys. As a result his multimedia ‘photofilms’, as he calls them, have a real soul to them.
Nick Hand and his photographs and tales from the saddle, collected over 5,000km cycling around the coasts of Britain and Ireland, remind us of something we often forget: that we should photograph that which we love and feel passionate about.