NANCY NOLAN, commercial, interior and art photographer, has worked in the business for more than 30 years. She has been featured in numerous national and regional publications including Luxe, House Beautiful, Essence, At Home in Arkansas, Traditional Home, Decór and Southern Living. Nancy not only considers herself a photographer but a storyteller, bringing to life the people and places she is fortunate enough to capture. nnphoto.co.
1. What are you working on now? One of my current projects is a photo essay titled “Henry’s Head,” a study of my son Henry as he moves through his teen years.
2. Name a local artist who’s under the radar and deserves more recognition. I never get tired of seeing Matt White’s photography. Rita Henry has been a source of inspiration for a long time. I love her fierce protection and promotion of film photography. And, lastly, Gabriel Griffith—I am a longtime fan of his work.
3. Where is your favorite local spot to gather inspiration? The Dickson Street Bookshop! An assistant introduced me to this store years ago and I never miss a chance to spend an afternoon there.
4. Tell me three handmade items on your own wishlist. A portrait sitting with the great Joshua Asante; one of Cliff McGaha’s Gizmo lamps—maybe even a commissioned one; and a work by the Arkansas artist Jerry Phillips.
5. What is your favorite subject matter to shoot? Humans. More precisely, the subject matter I like to explore is what I know, what is familiar. I am interested in the subtlety of the humans I encounter daily.
6. Name three can’t-live-without locally made eats or drinks. Paul Dempsey’s Hot Milk Cake—I think it was her mother’s recipe and it’s heavenly; Loblolly’s Vegan Vanilla Coconut ice cream with an espresso shot poured on top; and The Green Corner Store’s Tea Shop is converting this coffee girl!
7. Where do you go to find unique, handmade crafts and gifts? I have several favorite haunts: Moxy Modern Mercantile, Box Turtle, The Green Corner Store and, last but not least, the Esse Purse Museum Store. At the purse museum, Anita Davis will give you an education on the feminine, and you’ll see art exhibits and a space designed by the talented Steven Otis.
8. What is your favorite local hangout? Easy, decisively and without question— SOMA, aka my neighborhood. You’ll find hands-down the most creative, interesting people in the state who are a constant inspiration for me.