Featured Artist: Nicholas Skylar

As part of our artist series at Wild Common, we highlight local artists and exhibit their work. The art rotates nightly and we are thrilled to welcome Nicholas Skylar to Wild Common.

Nicholas grew up on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston, SC in the 1980s. Now a photographer and web designer, his photography seeks to portray Charleston and the Lowcountry as he remembers it from his childhood – in its most natural state.

Finding new, unique photographic perspectives of a well-photographed city has become a passion and a mission for Nicholas. People-less landscapes, natural nightscapes, and aerial drone photography are his main focuses for visual storytelling in the Lowcountry.

Get to know Nicholas in the Q&A below!

Tell us about your inspiration for the work that is on display at Wild Common. 

Being able to freeze time from my own perspective in a way that people organically understand and can relate to is the most inspiring and rewarding aspect of photography for me.

What’s your favorite medium to work in and why?

If landscape photography had different mediums, my favorite one to work with would be night photography. I like working with quiet, peoples’ places and to be alone with my own thoughts while finding different compositions of a scene.

Do you have a specific ritual around starting a new piece of work?

The most creative part about landscape photography is finding a unique perspective at the right time. I research locations and lighting, plan for weather conditions and visualize a shot as much as I can before going out into the field. I try to see it under as many different variables as possible in my mind to give me an idea of what I want to capture specifically.

Share an uncommon tidbit you know about Charleston.

A lot of people ask why the city blocks are called Stations on Sullivans Island. Those used to be trolley car stops. A trolley bridge connected Sullivans Island to Mt Pleasant where the old Pitt Street Bridge is today. It was used to ferry people across the marsh to the island and stop at each station.

What’s the most recent trip you took and what did it inspire?

Northern Minnesota. It was a refreshing change of pace. I met my newborn nephew and it inspired me to slow down and enjoy the simple things. Life is precious.

What’s the most uncommon thing you’ve ever done?

  • I hiked to the top of an active volcano in Bali, Indonesia.
  • I built my own desktop/office computer from scratch that I use today.
  • I actively trade cryptocurrencies.

If you could have dinner with one artist in the world, living or dead, who would it be? Set the scene and describe the meal and conversation.

Elon Musk. Over a juicy burger and craft beer, we would discuss the future of cryptocurrencies, banter over the evolution of artificial intelligence and debate the importance of space travel for the human race.

What are your travel essentials?

My travel companion/wife, incredibly durable camera bag filled with at least 2 cameras, lenses, a laptop, a drone, and my heavy-duty tripod.

View more of Nicholas’s work here.

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