Nik was born in London, England in 1970 and grew up in Oman and Singapore. He began taking photographs when he was 16. Whilst studying for his degree he worked as the Picture Editor and chief photographer for The London Student newspaper. In 1994 he was awarded the Guardian/NUS Student Photographer of the Year Award. He was again nominated for this prize in 1995.
After graduation Nik worked as a freelance photographer specialising in available-light location portraiture and reportage. Amongst his clients were magazines, national newspapers and private commissions. In 1996 and again in 2004 the National Portrait Gallery in London purchased some of his portrait work, including Eddie Izzard, Tariq Ali, John Hegley and Corin Redgrave. Nik has also written articles for The British Journal of Photography, Professional Photographer and The Guardian.
In 2000 he relocated from London to Cornwall to concentrate on personal projects. Nik works with 35mm equipment, only uses available light and produces limited edition hand prints of his work. Through his photography Nik attempts to open the eyes of others to the strangeness, variety and intensity of the world we pass through each day, looking but perhaps not seeing.
In March 2007 Nik was elected as a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.