Nick Park animation director attending an exhibition connected with the Cardiff International Animation Festival. Nick Park is next to two characters that he created Wallace & Gromit and made famous in his films at Aardman Animations, based in Bristol. Cardiff, Wales, May 1994
Nick Park’s film “Early Man” (2018) is getting plenty of attention and I can’t wait to see it. So I looked for my earliest photograph of this director-animator which was taken when I was working with the Cardiff International Animation Festival in 1994, though a little bit later than the Stone Age, photographing the animation filmmakers involved. Many events were happening around buzzing Cardiff which were linked to the Animation Festival, including an Animation Exhibition at Cardiff Library, which included Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit characters and sets. I was to photograph Park in this venue. At the time, many children were looking at the exhibition and many were coming up to Nick Park, requesting his signature and attention. With each and every child, Nick Park would spend quality time, drawing or signing, which was wonderful to see, so it took a while before we could take this picture.
footnote: Cardiff International Animation Festival 1994, director: Jayne Pilling
Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK
Photographer: Richard Keith Wolff