Nicky Highlander is the nickname and photographic "alter ego" of Barbadian photographer, Nicole Phillips. Nicole has a special interest in Barbadian culture and the environment. Having developed a great appreciation for culture while travelling abroad, she tends to frame her work in the form of photo essays documenting the present day as well as the glimpses of the past. She considers herself to be "a visual storyteller" with an eclectic style, using photographs to replace text and sound. The viewer is encouraged to view and interpret the images as they see fit. She is a 4-time Barbados NIFCA Bronze medal award winner. She was awarded 2 Honorable Mentions in the 2015 Neutral Density Awards and 1 Honorable Mention in the 2015 International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY) Awards.
When she can't be found photographing her environs, spending time with friends, playing with adorable pets or indulging her interests in geek culture, she is a frequent contributor to the Barbados Photographic Society's web and Facebook pages.
The people around me and the world at large both inspire and fascinate me and I am continuously learning from them. My foremost aim is to represent my subjects and my connection to them honestly. That honesty extends beyond the mere photo and encompasses emotions felt, by me and/or my subject. To quote the great Ansel Adams, I believe that “a great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed”.
I shoot Portraiture, Pets, Nature, Urban and Wildlife, etc. I don't believe in limiting myself to one or a few select things but rather whatever is available. That is not to say that I don't have my favourites or personal projects. I believe in creating the best images that I possibly can, no matter the subject or the method. I'm having fun with it and I hope you will join me on my creative journey.