Monochromatic tones and white cubed minimalism at its finest. Meet Nik: the New York City & Berlin based photographer behind the tonal brand that is Aesthetnik. Refreshed by his personal take on styling and photographing our clothing, we featured Nik this past week on our Men’s Instagram account @OakandFortMan. Inspired by his creative visuals, we welcome @Aesthetnik as our first #OFTakeover installment. Learn more about him in this exclusive interview with Oak + Fort.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, where does the culture/ branding behind Aesthetnik come from, and how did you come up with the name?
Since my name is Nik and all of my visuals have something to do with aesthetics, I’ve combined these two things: Aesthet+Nik.
The culture and branding behind the name and my art comes from my love for black and white, as well as architecture and fashion, and visualizing those things with my own flair. When I started creating my signature white images, I wanted to show everyday objects or sceneries in a different way, in a white way. At the time, I was still living in NYC and trying to develop my personal photography style, and everyone was taking the high contrast architecture photos of famous landmarks that you see everywhere on Instagram. I decided to share my perspective on the same subjects, but in a different way.
You seem to travel quite a bit, what would you say is your favourite place you have visited and/ or would like to revisit?
I would say Iceland was my favourite place in terms of landscape, and Japan in terms of culture. I’d definitely love to travel to Cape Town in South Africa, as well as Tokyo. I’ve only seen the south of Japan so far.
As someone who is always on the go; what are your 5 travel must haves that always need to be by your side?
My camera, my iPhone, my favourite pair of sneakers, a comfortable and stylish backpack, and at least one of my go-to outfits.
What is your favourite menswear trend for Spring/ Summer 2016 and why?
I would say oversized. This isn’t a trend that’s limited to just this season, but with the huge influence of Vetements and similar streetwear labels right now, I know we’re going to be seeing these silhouettes way more in the coming seasons. Personally, I also just love to wear big and oversized clothes.
You have a very particular style of shooting as well as the way your Instagram feed is managed; where do you draw your daily inspiration from?
I mostly get my inspiration from architecture, where I can learn a lot about shadows, light, and perspective. I also love browsing Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr for inspiration.
You have a good mixture of still life and subjects on your feed, which is your favourite to photograph and why?
I love photographing still life, because I feel like it’s the best way I can realize my vision. I also love to photograph people within architecture, because that’s also a good challenge for me.
What’s your best photography advice/tip/trick?
Step out of your comfort zone to learn more about yourself and your photography try to figure out your own style and hone it as best as you can. If you find yourself stagnating, try something new; change it up and learn something different, but without losing focus on your personal style.
How do you stay connected in the creative community through the many social media outlets that are available to the public these days?
Mostly via Instagram and Facebook. These are the two social networks I use the most for myself and my photography.
Who are your top 3 Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration?
@themintymoment, @6corners, @cerealmag.
Stay Inspired and see more: @Aesthetnik @oakandfortman @oakandfort
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