Photographer 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.
Photographer. Blind Luck Photography Sept. 2010 – present
Student ambassador UCA Rochester. University of Creative Arts. Sept. 2015 – Present
Exhibition Invigilator ‘The Violet Hour’. Turner Contemporary, Margate. Feb 2018 – March 2018
Student Representative. UCA 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.
- Experience at all camera formats within digital capture, some analogue experience in 35mm, medium and large format.
- Adobe Creative Suite.
- Apple and Windows based operating systems
- Nikon camera equipment including full frame, limited Canon experience
- Studio lighting with Broncolor & Interfit equipment
- Currently adept at flying UAV (drone) & working toward flying license (although not required for recreational use)
- Full UK driving license, European Public Liability Insurance
- Owns Nikon Full frame cameras and mobile studio system
- UCA Rochester, Fort Pitt. Rochester Kent. Major: Bachelor of Arts, Photography Ends 2018. FIRST with Honours.
- A level Photography, Maidstone Adult Education Centre 2011 Grade A
- Calumet course attendee at Pinewood Studios 2017
- Various recreational photography courses, Keith Turnbull.
- Southfields Secondary School, GCSE – Maths: B. English: B. English Oral: Distinction. Art: B.
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’.