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Andrew Holman - December Featured Artist

Andrew Holman

AndrewHolmanPhoto.com

Location:
Portland, OR

Last time you ate a pancake?
Funny you should ask, I had a Huckleberry Stack in Government Camp, OR on November 10th, 2012 prior to going up Mt Hood!Favorite day of the week?
Thursday, it’s similar to Friday but the potential for hatching last-minute weekend plans is much more promising and full of hope!

Favorite website besides your own?
www.mountain-forecast.com looking for a weather window.

Q&A

Give us a brief description of you and your work.

I went to school in Florida and got an engineering degree. I took one class in black and white photography. I loved shooting with a fully-manual camera but I wasn’t a fan of long hours in the dark room playing with the enlarger while everyone else played outside. I saved up and eventually got my first DSLR. This coincided rather conveniently with my move to the Pacific Northwest. I am now a freelance photographer and I shoot a bit of everything but the mountains are my passion. I think it has something to do with my growing up in the flattest state of the union. (I can confirm that, yes, the grass really is greener!)

What drew you to landscape and adventure photography?

When I first moved to the Northwest 4 years ago I had never been on a “hike” before. But I decided if I wanted to get the truly unique photos, I’d have to really get after it. Eventually I moved on to the “harder stuff” (mountaineering/rock-climbing/ice-climbing/etc) and I’ve never looked back. I’m very fortunate to finally have two passions that mesh nicely with one another.

How do you manage your photography gear when you are on a mountain side, rock face, or trampling through rugged terrain?

My “system” for managing all the photography gear (in addition to the climbing gear) is constantly evolving. Currently, my camera wears a rubberized coat at all times that still allows me to access all the buttons and dials. While climbing I have this strapped to me in a neoprene “fanny pack” type of carrier so that I can quickly get my camera out as the situation warrants. I’m told that fanny packs are making a comeback and that someday I might not look like such a dork. I tend to only take two prime lenses with me most of the time, a fast 50mm prime and a wide-angle prime. Accidents do occur; I recently dropped my trusty 15mm fisheye lens 3,000 feet off the east face of Steens Mountain. I am auditioning potential replacement glass.

You shoot a lot of wildlife photos. Have you ever gotten too close or felt threatened by an animal?

The first time I ever went backpacking I encountered a cow moose with a calf, we were both on the same trail and a standoff ensued. Mom decided to charge me and I ran off trail until my lungs hurt. I turned around and there was no longer a moose behind me so I guess I did the right thing?

Do you prefer shooting at sunrise or sunset?

SUNRISE! In mountaineering, you often do what is called an “alpine start”. This means you’re spending hours climbing before the sun comes up (usually to ensure solid snow/ice conditions or a good safety margin should something go wrong). When it finally does the emotional toll it takes is huge. You instantly realize that all of the suffering was worth it and are treated to incredible light that, sadly, most people will never get to see.

What's your goal as an artist?

Is this a cliché trap?! I know it sounds cheesy, but I guess it would be to inspire people. Everyone loves hearing compliments about their work but I imagine it’s something else entirely when people are getting out and doing things because of a photo that they saw. If a Floridian engineer can take up climbing and photography, what kinds of things can you do? GO DO THEM!

Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

I like how Plywerk gets right to the photo and eliminates all the fluff (and luckily so do my clients). The whole bamboo thing is a good fit for the nature (terrible pun, sorry) of my work. Also, it doesn’t hurt that I also get *brownie points* for supporting a local business!

Favorite type of melon?

I know this is going to be a controversial answer but, I’m not big into melons. Particularly the orange and green-fleshed varieties (that shall remain nameless), as they take up valuable real-estate in fruit salads which could be better served by pineapple! I guess I’d have to go with the watermelon, since eating one means you’re probably having some SUMMERTIME FUN.

How do you like your eggs prepared?

I’m not a picky eater, but I’m extremely picky about my eggs! I only like ‘em scrambled (or incorporated into something else, like a brownie)! I like to smother them in Secret Aardvark sauce so people don’t think I’m *too* boring. Pepper-maple bacon is a preferred garnish.

Favorite Mountain?

Mt Shuksan (don’t tell Mt Hood!)

Top three movies of all time?

Fight Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ghostbusters (Venkman 2016)

Favorite lens?

Canon 50mm f/1.4, don’t leave home without it!

Does thinking of Plywerk give you love butterflies in your stomach?

Yes, and I have yet to lay my eyes on one of those 30x45 monstrosities! Sigh, some day.

Favorite coffee drink?

I’m just a classic drip-guy; if I’m feeling crazy-adventurous I’ll get an Americano.

What was the last full album you listened to?

Ben Gibbard – Former Lives

What kind of jelly do you like on your PB&Js?

Marionberry!

Congrats on winning the Redman Cup, presented by the Mazama Mountaineering Club. Could you tell us a little bit about it and what it means to you?

The Redman Cup was established by Margaret Griffin Redman on her 105th birthday (who was a Mazama member for 77 years) when she presented the club with a silver cup that was “to be awarded to the member who has created a notable work of literature, art, music or photography devoted to the purposes of the Mazamas”.

I was pretty shocked to win the award, honestly, I was completely blind-sided! Growing up in Florida on steady diet of asthma-medicine-infused yogurt (no joke!), I was always envious of places with snow. I never expected I would be out regularly playing in it, let alone climbing mountains. The Mazamas have always been such staunch supporters of my work and have helped immensely in getting my name out there. It sounds dramatic, but I sincerely would not be shooting what I’m shooting today were it not for them.

When I moved to the Northwest and saw all these bright-white, glaciated volcanoes towering over the cities, I knew I wanted to climb them…and I also knew I didn’t want to die. I started researching how one could safely get up them and that’s how I found the Mazamas. I took their Basic Climbing Education Course (BCEP) in 2010 and now I’m not really sure what I used to do before I was into mountains. People sometimes say things like “that’s really great that you’re getting out there”, and I usually tell them some version of “I’m addicted, I can’t help myself, I don’t know how else to be now”

I will be giving a talk/presentation/fireside chat about mountaineering photography at the Mazama Mountaineering Center on December 19th, it’s totally free and you should go.

More about Andrew

Andrew Holman is a self-taught, freelance photographer based in Portland, OR. A classically trained engineer, he took up photography to flex atrophied right-brain muscles and document his hiking/climbing addiction. When not out taking copious quantities of photographs, he can be found on a glaciated peak or in a Portland breakfast spot.

Andrew's photography has been featured in digital and print formats by REI, Mazamas, American Alpine Club, Oregon Field Guide, Portland Rock Gym, Bruce Carey Restaurant Group, Base Camp Brewing Company, Beer West Magazine, and others.

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67 thoughts on “Andrew Holman - December Featured Artist”

  • Eric Schmidt

    I really like the photo with the two tents.

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  • WMac

    As a volunteer for the local search & rescue team. I met Andrew through one of my team mates. After befriending each other in facebook, I became a huge fan of Andrews work. Unlike Andrew, I grew up here and Mt Hood was my playground. Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, and climbing. Love his enthusiasm, and respects his talents. My favorite photos are those on the mountain as I no longer climb. Always loot forward seeing the next adventure.

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  • Jodi

    Thanks for helping me realize anew what a beautiful world we live in! The photo of Mount Hood beyond the lights of Portland, OR is amazing!

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  • Chelsea Heveran
    Chelsea Heveran December 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Andrew's photos are awesome!

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  • Paul Javid

    Andrew is one of my favorite NW outdoor photographers. Great to see the recognition of his talent!

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  • Daniel

    I've had the pleasure of watching Andrew advance from a novice climber to the dynamo he is today.

    I'd enjoy the pleasure of one of his prints hanging in my living room.

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  • Jason Brabec

    Pick me! Pick me! Seriously dig this guy's work..he's a cool dude too.

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  • George Mihaly

    Lovely interview-Holman is a boss. Superb work and work ethic!

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  • Tamara

    I love his photography!

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  • Shayna

    I love Andrew's work and paired with Plywerk would be a beautiful addition to my new house!!! You both are masters of your craft :)

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  • Jeremy Cogdill

    Big fan of Andrew's, excellent selection this month!

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  • Suzy Mae Lee

    Very impressive!

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  • Ross Putnam

    Came for the chance for a free piece, got an excellent interview.

    both of y'allz work looks oh so great matched up against one another.

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  • Pam Johnson

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Andrews photographs. Since I take close up of flowers and birds and critters, I enjoy his bigger views of this world. Sunrises are great Andrew but I am not that early of a bird. So I will just enjoy yours. Thanks. I do like taking moon shots and sunsets.

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  • Tom Baughman

    Andrew is very skilled at capturing beautiful moments and his photography reads like a "to do" list for aspiring climbers like myself. Thanks for the great work and keep it up!

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  • Hannah Seebach

    These photos are amazing!!

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  • austin

    So good Andrew! Keep it up. The inspiration is working.

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  • Paul Grotheer

    Andrew's photography inspires me to go on new mountain adventures. Andrew can also brew a pretty tasty beer!

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  • Myron Morales

    Andrew, give me the photo!!

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  • Hye

    Awesome job, Andrew! Keep climbing and taking beautiful photos!

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  • Bryan Long

    Thanks for featuring this photographer. It's always an inspiration to read about people who take a banal Floridian life of engineering and turn it into an artistic life full of incredible mountain vistas!

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  • Todd Eddie

    Congrats Andrew!

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  • Steve Holman

    Awesome

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  • dk baker

    Cool!

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  • Steve Heikkila

    If you climb with Andrew he'll make you look like an alpine rock star! Nice work Holman.

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  • Megan

    The Northwest is gorgeous and Andrew's photos are incredible. It would be great to have one to hang on my wall!

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  • Jonathan Lundquist
    Jonathan Lundquist December 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

    The shots look awesome! The next best thing to being there with you!

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    • Garrett

      Jonathan is the winner of an amazing Andrew Holman print mounted on Plywerk! Please email us at info@plywerk.com to claim your prize!

      Be sure to include your shipping address in the email so we know where to ship the finished piece! Hoping this give you an amazing start to your 2013!!!

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  • Ryan Cupp

    Nice!

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  • Phil Card

    Supersickeningsweet!

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  • Andrew Rios

    Your work is inspirational.

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  • Elise

    Saw your photos up at Base Camp, they look great!

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  • Jason

    I just lost the game.

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  • Terri

    Love, love, love Andrew's photo's! Been following him for awhile. I love to see his passion in photos.

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  • Jeff

    Thanks for sharing Andrew's work. Makes me want to get out and climb something.

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  • Jax Powell

    Andrew is all Natural! He has a raw natural talent and is completely a natural nice guy! Love his work, focus and outlook.

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  • Cat

    I work with Andrew and am lucky enough to have him share his beautiful pictures with me on a regular basis. He has a real talent and a true eye for getting that perfect shot. You go climb those mountains Anderw I will await you here safely on the level anticipating your next amazing photo! I recommend you latch on to his art while you can this kid is going to be a star!

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  • Katie Sickle

    There's no doubt that Andrew is an awesome photographer! It's funny to think he used to hate "picture time" growing up (there was a lot of it). I got a few of Andrew's photos from Plywerk for Christmas last year. Love them!

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  • John Medina

    I remember when this young man came to Spokane from Oklahoma. Yes he was a flat lander but he's grown into a full fledge rock climber and photographer. Good job Andrew.

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  • Jeff Thomas

    The hard part of Andrews particular style of shooting is getting up early enough to be in the right place with the right light. So if you want to be on the summit of Hood at 5:30 or 6 am in the winter and it takes 8 to 10 hours to get there from your comfortable bed, well as they say you do the math. Thanks for getting up so early to get those shots the rest of us can't quite force ourselves out of the house for.

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  • Bill White

    I like to imaging the story behind each of your photos. Many accolades and congratulations of earning your peer's recognition !

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  • Wendy Cassidy

    I sit next to this dude at work and can attest to his amazing other talents of singing Irish songs and a little Frank Sinatra. Way to go lad ! My favs are the one with the 2 tents and the one with the flowers. But the lone figure looking at the sunset is pretty cool to.

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  • Tom Stanley

    Great shots from a great person! If you ever see Andrew, he always has a Canon slung under his shoulder. When he has time, he makes good beer too.

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  • Glen Holman

    I love my brother Andrew. When climbing with him, his photos do in fact make you look like the coolest person. As I am still stuck in Florida, his photos are the only thing that remind me of bigger and brighter places.

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  • Amy Costello

    your photos are truly amazing! i have seen some very wonderful photos
    of other noteworthy photographers and your images capture the true
    exhilaration of the mountains. i do hike with a senior group here in
    sun city roseville, but i must admit your photos give me a natural high!
    my wonderful daughter who is expecting her first baby next may had
    this website on their christmas wish list. i can now understand why.
    your photos just made my day!

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  • Amy Costello

    looks good.

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  • Justin Holman

    Love looking at your photos. I show them off to all my co-workers. They are all very impressed. It would be awesome to have one of your photos to hang up in the office! or at home :)

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  • Deborah

    Andrew, your beautiful photos have inspired me to move back to my home state of Oregon. I feel missplaced on the east coast and I miss the mountains and great hiking!!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos!

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  • Judy Holman

    One of your photos would look so nice in my house. I could think of you even more than I do now. (which is all the time) You have taught me a lot about photography. Your photos always amaze me. I think you are the best photographer! And I'm not just saying that because I'm your mom. :) I hope I win!

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  • Sandy Swoverland
    Sandy Swoverland December 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I have lived in Oregon all of my life. I grew in in Hood River Valley and Gresham with spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Your photography captures the true beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy viewing your photos after you return from a climb! My favorite is the Mt. Hood picture you took from the Timberline. Plywerk did an incredible job displaying it on bamboo. You two make a great team. Please keep sharing with all of us that admire your abilities! You're awesome, Andrew!

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