Photographer Paul WicksPhotographer Paul Wicks is an established and qualified  freelancer with a number of credits (not that that should EVER be just enough!) and a member of the Association of Photographers (AOP) and Photographers United; assuring you his best efforts to ensure you get
the images YOU want.

He has regularly exhibited in London & Kent for projects ranging from vintage yesterdays to mental health. Mentored numerous students wishing to become a photographer themselves including special needs, first publication in 2018 based on memories from a coma.

 

Past/Current roles

Photographer. Blind Luck Photography Sept. 2010 – present

Student ambassador UCA RochesterUniversity of Creative Arts. Sept. 2015 – Present

Exhibition Invigilator ‘The Violet Hour’. Turner Contemporary, Margate. Feb 2018 – March 2018

Student RepresentativeUCA Rochester, University of Creative Arts. Sept. 2015 – 2017

Photographer. Maidstone Fringe Festival, Make Some Noise Promotions. Yearly since 2010

Mentor.  Blind Luck Photography, Maidstone Adult ED (KAES) – UCA Rochester. Sept 2010 – 2013 

 

Exhibitions and Awards

2018 Exhibition. Eye Candy. Candid Arts, London.

2017 Exhibition. Beyond Photography Exhibition. Chatham House, Chatham Kent
2017 Exhibition. Medway Photo Festival

2016 Exhibition. “Show You Know exhibition” Saatchi Gallery London.
2016 Three images adopted for Encephalitis society charity calendar.
2016 Exhibition. Permanent display of work ‘Last Supper’ at Head Quarters of The Encephalitis Society

2015 Publication of music portrait ‘Fate the Juggler’ in R2 magazine

2014 Showcase image on photography website Purple Port (as voted by members)
2014 IgersKent Showcase image for ‘Herne Bay Sunset’ as voted by peers.

2010 Exhibition. Various works sold at Nucleus Arts, Rochester and Maidstone, Kent.

Technical Skills

Education

Introduction taken from book ‘What I Remember About Forgetting’ (2018) BL Publishing.

Paul Wicks is a survivor, an artist and an optimist. In 2002 Paul fell ill with debilitating headaches. After being sent home with a diagnosis of migraines, Paul collapsed at home and woke up in hospital two days later.

Seemingly ok, Paul was about to be sent home when he suffered the first of three strokes. Weeks of tests, and the intervention of an eye specialist, revealed that he had swelling of the brain caused by a virus and was suffering from encephalitis. For fourteen months Paul was paralysed and lost much of his sight and cognitive function.

He listened to doctors tell him they were uncertain how much he would recover and that he would never work again. But even in those early and dark days, Paul decided he was going beat what was being thrown at him.

Today Paul is an award-winning photographer and artist, and lives in Kent in the UK. He has exhibited in prestigious venues such as the Saatchi Galleries London, Candid Arts London, Nucleus Arts and other galleries throughout the UK.

His work often captures the emotions, symptoms, stages of brain damage and isolation felt by suffers and acts as window for others to understand how brain injury feels. He works closely with the Encephalitis Society, A charity supporting sufferers of this rarely known disease by helping to bring awareness to the 80% of the world who have never heard of it.

His passion and drive to always be authentic has led him to work with world renown professors, neurologists and organisations in order to disseminate the subject; ensuring his interpretations are as accurate as possible.

Born in 1972, Paul grew up among family and a tight knit community in Waterloo, South East London. Surrounded by tenacious, colourful characters who used humour as medicine, Paul developed a strong can-do attitude and the ability to see the funny in almost any situation. This start in life can be seen in many of Paul’s pieces. The saying goes ‘if life gives you lemons, make lemonade’.