Nigel Peake is a master drawer of man-built structures. And birds, among other things. He has published several books and zines, including In The Wilds and In The City. Trained as an architect, he employs a precise but human line to capture whatever he happens to be looking at. And as with many artists, it’s a joy to look at the world through his eyes on his photo blog, too. He lives in rural Ireland.
I asked him to send along a few images from his notebooks and answer a few questions about how he uses them.
PLUMB: What do you use notebooks for?
NIGEL PEAKE: To catch things.
PLUMB: What kind of notebook do you prefer?
NIGEL PEAKE: I use Moleskine with blank pages but I also just fold A4 sheets into a book. As for pens, whatever is at hand. I do like to use pencils.
PLUMB: What do you do with them when you’re done?
NIGEL PEAKE: Stack them.
PLUMB: Have you ever lost one?
NIGEL PEAKE: On a boat I lost a few pages to the sea.
PLUMB: Under what conditions do you make your best work?
NIGEL PEAKE: I like to work on a table, with a window somewhere, sometimes a door shut, and normally with music playing.