NICOLA WILLS

I think I have always been quite confident to give anything a try and see if it's something for me based on whether I get a positive response out of it. As I have grown older I have definitely gained confidence as a woman by understanding my own individual sensuality and how to express it, and I feel empowered as a woman by sharing this side of myself. I gain confidence by trusting myself and believing in my own authenticity, but of course having positive encouragement always helps on days when I need it!

 

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I have a background as a professional ballet dancer... so I have always been in an environment full of body scrutiny and perfectionism. I used to be so hard on myself and my appearance! In a sense, doing this kind of photography was really liberating for me to feel happy about my curves and being a woman. Now that Instagram has really become huge I feel the ideas about body image have changed since I was an easily influenced teenager. The message for women taking pride in their health, working hard, enjoying their fitness, and accepting and loving the body they have is louder than it used to be. The audience for this media is also larger and more accepting of the variety of body shapes and beauty that people want to display. With these changes I have grown more accepting of myself and my physicality.

 

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I mostly photograph in lingerie or nude, so I guess I'd have to say my "birthday suit" (laughing) I feel nude photography is a really beautiful thing if it is done tastefully. If I feel comfortable with my photographer and the location then it is something I really like to do because the results can often be something really nice!

 

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Ballet taught me that you can prepare yourself mentally as much as you like, but ultimately when you're on stage you need to be present in the moment for the magic to happen. It's the same with taking photos; if you try to pose while you are anxious about something else, then it doesn't transcend into the photo. For me, if I am comfortable with the photographer it makes a huge difference in how I feel about a shoot. If I trust the person in front of me to be on the same creative wave length then it is easy for me to express my natural sexuality and not feel embarrassed. It's like putting on a character, only it's you.

But if you get to the shoot and you're not gelling with the photographer it can make you feel very insecure. So I always like to make sure before shooting that we're both on board with the same vision before we start, so then I can prepare how I approach the mood I pose with. As for routines, I obviously make sure I have taken care of myself in the lead up to a shoot (or just in general) so I feel my best on the day. You have no one to blame but yourself if you spend a week drinking wine and eating cookies and you get to a shoot and feel insecure; that can and will make a huge difference in your confidence in front of the camera.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but the one I am most grateful for is: Criticism. It takes a thick skin to hear criticism especially when the product being criticized is your own flesh, blood, and self expression. But I find that if you can listen to those who dare to tell you what they think, then you will be open to gain improvement faster than if people just tell you what you want to hear.

 

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I am very new at this and I am happy to have had such a positive response from people so far. So I hope to continue to collaborate with more people and try some different kinds of artistic collaborations too outside of lingerie. I am a very creative person and I love seeing where people are taking photography these days.

 

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Ending on a positive note… The end of civilization will be caused by: Wow, a very positive note... I think the end of civilization will be caused by an exhaustion of resources. We are such high consumers and Mother Nature is only sustainable for so long.

 












01 // Lukas Martin // lukasmartin
02 // Lukas Martin // lukasmartin
03 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
04 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
05 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
06 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
07 // Lukas Martin // lukasmartin
08 // Lukas Martin // lukasmartin
09 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
10 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
11 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr
12 // Julien LRVR // julienlrvr

 

Nicola Wills // nicola.m.w

 

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