The Lonely Man: Photographer explores childhood relationship with his father in highly personal series

Nicky Hamilton is a photographer and the former Head of Art at leading advertising agency M&C Saatchi. He has since turned his attention to photography, for which he designs and builds elaborate sets to create pictures of extraordinary detail and narrative. His work explores characters’ emotional states by playing with performance and symbolism in order to produce deeply evocative moods.

Having recently completed a fine art photography project called The Lonely Man, Hamilton explores his childhood relationship with his father. Each picture took around three months to complete, with a unique set hand-built by Hamilton himself.

He explains: "The Lonely Man is a deeply personal project. The thirteen piece tableau explores my childhood relationship with my father, a relationship that was conducted through 'a maze of police raids, guns, drugs, violence and, ultimately, redemption' after he was declared bankrupt in the 1980s.

"In the early years, my Dad started out as a builder. Things were simple, holidays were plenty and so was the laughter. In the mid-80s, my Dad lost his business in a freak incident and had to declare himself bankrupt, post a recent purchase of a dream home he could no longer afford.

"Maggie Thatcher’s reign had taken hold, the economy was weak and so was my Dad’s judgement. He turned to crime and crime turned him into a drug addict who would one day call his son and ask me to prevent him from committing suicide.

"I’ve always been a very visual person. I’ll watch a film, pausing every so often to take in a moment, staring wondrously at what’s stirred the emotions. I think it’s a talent that I’ve accumulated through my childhood, a dramatic event would happen, it would be ignored by my parents and I was left to ponder."

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