Interview: Nick Cosky, Photographer

This is the first post in a new series, that focuses on Boston individuals working in the city and making a name for themselves! First up is Nick Cosky, photographer extraordinaire.  I have known Nick for several years, and I am continually impressed with his determination to get the perfect shot. Which is not to be overshadowed by his witty/dry sense of humor. Nicks continues to make great strides in the photography world!

Nick Cosky
Boston Based Photographer: Aerial, Events, Weddings

What inspired you to begin taking pictures?
Most people don't believe me when I tell them I started taking photos with a film camera. They don't think I'm old enough. It's true though. When I was in 8th grade I took a photography class at the Worcester Center for Crafts. We learned the basics of photography and how to develop our images in a darkroom. The whole process of using a light meter to determine exposure settings, snapping the photo, developing the roll of film and then developing the images from that roll was always amazing to me. I absolutely credit that experience as the beginning of my love for photography.  

Where is your favorite location in Boston to take pictures?
There are so many great locations in Boston for picture taking that I don't think I can choose just one. Personally, I'm always drawn to water and a view of the skyline. Memorial Dr and North Point Park in Cambridge both have amazing views of Boston right along the Charles River. Then there is the Harbor Walk in East Boston and the Waterfront. With that being said, if I had to choose a neighborhood it would be the Back Bay. I love to park on Commonwealth Ave and then you can walk to the Common and Public Garden, Newbury St, Copley Square, Boylston St, Storrow Dr Esplanade etc. The city is packed with interesting places to photograph.

 Do you have a favorite photograph? 
Hopefully it's the next one I take but that's very difficult to answer. I don't think I do. I do my best to avoid falling in to a certain style because so many different styles interest me. It's also tough for me to choose because I'm so close to them. They are like my babies and I've always been told parents don't have a favorite. (I'm pretty sure I'm my parent's favorite...)

 What future endeavor are you looking forward to the most?
There is one future and current project that comes to mind immediately. I'm working on a project to help the homeless people of Boston that I encounter while photographing the city. Since November I have been bringing clothes with me when photographing the city and offering them to homeless folks as I see them. I began this with my own clothes that I would have normally donated at a curbside donation bin. When I ran out of those I started collecting donations from friends, family, and co-workers. 

Another project has evolved out of this effort. I have teamed up with writer Matteo Urella to produce a book that features the stories and portraits of Boston's homeless. Once this book is finished, we will be selling it and donating 100% of the proceeds to the Pine Street Inn. They do amazing work in an effort to end homelessness and while I don't personally have the funds to donate to their cause, my hope is that my photography and Matteo's writing will raise funds to be donated and at the same time raise awareness for this serious problem that faces our city. As of now, the project is about 50% completed. More info will be on my website when it's available.

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Stay tuned for the next edition in the series!