My husband always comments on how people are very true to their brand (can you tell that he is in advertising?). Well, after reading Andy Anderson’s Ten Things you Don’t Know about Me, I was a believer. Number 3 is my favorite. There is no other photographer in our group that could own these ten. I love that.
1. I love photos, expecially other people’s
2. The smell of Fix is exotic.
3. Family is everything and all else is wallpaper.
4. Collaborating is addicting.
5. I’m never satisfied with my work.
6. Vintage glass is wonderful
7. I’m always curious.
8. I’m concerned about our country.
9. The Tea Party sucks
10. Life is Grand….live it
Just last week, Greg Bennett, Creative Director at WORKtoDATE featured Andy Anderson their blog. He republished part of the interview that Anne Telford wrote about Andy for a Communication Arts feature story. It struck me as I read it that Andy’s passion for photography is as timeless as his imagery.
One day when I was at breakfast with Hunter Freeman we were sharing stories about ourselves that the other didn’t know. We were enjoying the conversation so much that we thought it would make a fun blog post. Here is what Hunter Freeman wanted to share:
• I was handcuffed and put in the back of a police car and taken a the police station. To this day I swear it was because I had long hair.
• I used be able to tell you all about Fourier Series, Boundary Value Problems, and Vector Analysis.
• I photographed a Secretary of Defense in the White House one hot, summer day.
• I earned money doing calligraphy while I was an assistant.
• Along with four or five good friends, I was almost suspended from high school in my senior year because of an article we wrote for the school’s underground newspaper.
• I was pulled aside by airport security for carrying a (real) Navy flight helmet. (They let me on the flight, thankfully.)
• I used to play A LOT of bridge in high school. A LOT. (Can you picture me in high school yet?)
• I ground my own telescope mirror as a science project. (Now can you picture me in high school?)
• I look for joy in everyone I meet and everything I do.
• I had my picture taken with a live, 8 foot alligator, and no, her jaws were not taped shut.
once again Kevin Twomey eloquently describes for us his experience as a photographer. This time, he describes his trip to the Redwoods with a friend. Here is what he had to say:
“Recently, an old college friend and I embarked on a road trip to photograph the majestic redwoods up in Humboldt County. I knew these trees were old, and tall, but did not expect the humbling effect they would have on me.
My original idea was to capture the beautiful color palate of the redwood forest; the rich greens of the forest floor against the slightly warm to neutral tones of the trees, but when surrounded by these giants I decided to work in the timeless medium that is black-and-white. The forest canopy situated high above us aligned with a partly cloudy day to create a beautiful quality of light falling onto the forest floor.
The camera captures only a second out of the many hundreds or even a thousand years of its life, revealing past fires, decay and fallen trees– a recycling process measured in centuries. So much has transpired in its longevity. Who was there one thousand years ago, to see its reedy beginnings?
The human figure, in a classic pose, offers a humbling reminder that our place in natural history may be smaller than our egos purport. This towering species dwarfs our own in both size and longevity; a coastal redwood’s average lifespan of 500-700 years is three times the age of our democracy, and far exceeds most ruling dynasties.
[My gratitude to the model, Maria, doused in insect repellent, for portraying the needed perspective.]”
Once again Alison McCreery conducts a wonderful interview. This time with Andy Anderson. She always finds a way to bring out the most interesting and relevant stories for her readers.
Together she and Andy talk about the importance of staying curious, bringing inspiration to his projects, and the idea of photographers having a voice. He shares with her his ideas on collaboration and the details of his “greatest story.”
Thank you Alison for being so thoughtful in your interview and providing Andy with a chance to share his vision with your readers.