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Thompson Hotels NYC Influencers X Nick Hudson


A photographer enamored by his adopted city.

“I love that New York is still a bit rough around the edges,” says Australian-born photographer Nick Hudson who moved back to New York three years ago after stints in Los Angeles and Sydney. “It’s a bit of a filthy mess and I love it. I hope that is not lost.”

Hudson is certainly doing all he can to keep that eclectic creative spirit alive. When he’s not shooting portraits of David Beckham and Rihanna, or magazine editorials for Russh, Rolling Stone and Elle (to name a few) he’s constantly finding ways to connect with the city through his personal projects. His haunting nudes, slice-of-life vignettes and nostalgic landscapes, capture the ongoing regeneration and romance of New York. 

Here he reveals how he finds inspiration in the city, so you can too.

New York is compelling because…

I love observing the way in which we all respond to the extremes of life in NYC. Whether it be the climate, the energy, the crowded conditions, or a crisis. It seems to have an egalitarian effect.

Your go-to places of inspiration

Gallery hopping in Chelsea. For photography I love the Steven Kasher Gallery.

I love walking around NYC listening to music and taking pictures. The air is thick with nostalgia. It’s incredibly romantic. So many significant cultural moments have occurred on these streets. The diversity of people going about their lives set to great music all appears as if beautifully synchronized. The viscerality of this city is so inspiring. We’re all living on top of each other, everything feels tangible and close and intimate.

Bookstores such as Strand, Dashwood Books, Mercer Street Books and Records.

Your perfect NYC day

I love spending the afternoon bouncing between galleries in Chelsea, starting at Hauser & Wirth on 18th St, then working north. Followed by a cozy French meal at Buvette in the West Village, or a film and it’s a perfect NYC day.

Some of my favorite spots

I live on the cusp of Chinatown and Nolita. Most days are bookended by my two favorite local spots. Two Hands in the morning for coffee and Rintintin in the evening for their grilled octopus and good vibes.