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Born in Sydney, Australia, Nick became interested in photography during his successful career as an international model. He moved to New York in 1993 to pursue his career and found himself spending all his spare time taking photographs with his 35mm Nikon F2 camera. Working with some of the world’s best photographers, Leary used his time in front of the camera as a kind of apprenticeship, studying the different techniques of photography to help shape his own personal style.
He officially began his career as a photographer in New York in 2000. His style was highly sought after and it wasn’t long before he was travelling the world shooting for fashion titles such as Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller and GQ. His high profile clientele includes Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Moet Hennesy, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr.
Leary was inspired to photograph his first body of Fine Art Photography while spending a month in Titjikala, a remote aboriginal community near Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. An Aboriginal elder taught him the stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Nick was fascinated by the way the indigenous people were so in-tune with the soul and spirit of the land they inhabited and was inspired to capture this feeling in his photography. He held his first solo exhibition called ‘Soul of the Titjikala Colourful’ later that year at Sotheby’s in Sydney.
His experience at Titjikala, deepened his passion for the spirit of his home country Australia, and bore the seed of his creative brainchild ‘Celebrate Australia’, his current collection of Fine Art Photography that focuses on just that, celebrating Australia.
‘Wild Brumbies of Australia’ is Leary’s latest body of work under the ‘Celebrate Australia’ umbrella. The collection explores the iconic Australian Brumbies that roam the harsh outback areas. Nick says, “There is a feeling about this country that excites me, it’s a feeling of freedom and rawness. I chose to photograph Australia’s wild horses as to me, the Brumby epitomises this feeling and through these images I can share both the beauty and the spirit of Australia with the world.”
Nick predominately lives in Sydney with his family, but travels extensively and regularly works out of his base in Los Angeles.