Australian-born still-life photographer Nigel Cox takes a fluid approach to his work, letting the formal qualities of an object drive the creative direction. Strong directional lighting, contrasting textures, and bold angles are signatures of his photos, which have been featured in magazines such as W, InStyle, GQ, Travel+Leisure, Men’s Journal, Fortune, and Esquire, as well as in campaigns for Tanqueray, Smirnoff, Estée Lauder, Sotheby’s, Verizon Wireless, Nikon, Nike, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman.
"Before a shoot, I form a mental image of each shot as a starting point. Sometimes I’ll do a sketch to convey the concept to the client. I’ll also brief and collaborate with the stylist to develop and bring a concept to life," Nigel explains. "A nice strong cup of tea in the morning helps too."
Nigel first explored photography as a teenage hobby, but it quickly developed into a nagging obsession. In 1999, he moved from Australia to New York City to advance his career in both the editorial and advertising worlds. "I’ve always shot primarily still life, but since being in the U.S., I’ve broadened my subject matter to include food, drinks, men’s fashion, cars, and more conceptual editorial images," he says. "With every project, I try to bring a fresh idea, technique, or concept to the table."