Location: Portland, Oregon
Your website: www.andrewwalshphotography.com
Last time you danced?
Favorite month of the year? February if I'm in Hawaii...otherwise August is a safe bet if I'm here in Oregon.
|Favorite website besides your own?
No "favorite" but the two I would like to share with those kind enough to read this interview are Colossal (http://www.thisiscolossal.com
Give us a brief description of you and your work.
I'm a 31 year old male born in Willmar, MN. I moved to Oregon in 2003 (Is 10 years long enough to consider myself a true Oregonian? I hope so 'cause I love it here!) I am a commercial and fine art photographer. I started shooting when I was in middle school in WI using a 35mm Pentax camera with a 50mm lens. Throughout high school and college my camera went everywhere with me. Although my B.S. degree is in graphic design, my passion was always photography, so immediately after graduating from design school, I put out the proverbial shingle and Andrew Walsh Photography was born. Today, over 7 years later, I am still hard at it, gaining speed by the day and loving every step of the journey and grateful for every second of it! While the majority of my work is within the commercial spectrum, I am going to describe my fine art endeavors in the interest of brevity. My work seeks to capture the magnificent energies of our world while illuminating the beauty of things largely unseen. These images provide the opportunity for viewers to dream of another time or, perhaps, of places unknown.
What’s your goal as an artist?
I want to challenge people's perception of reality and force them to disconnect from their current reality in order to question what is in front of them and ask all those who, what, why, where and when’s. As of late, my process and the style I have created has evolved to the point that people have now begun asking, "how?" as well.
Why do you choose to show your artwork on Plywerk?
First, I trying my hardest to Keep Portland Weird. Secondly, I appreciate Plywerk's never ending quest to increase their sustainability - it’s an approach I feel every business on the planet should follow! Thirdly, they tease me about my excessive attention to detail and yet they always meet or exceed my expectations, which is a very hard thing to do. Fourthly, they're just great people and a lot of fun to be around. I love it that when I stop in to pick up my latest print order they force me to take a break and have lunch with them or just hang out and chat for a few minutes while I'm there. They make the experience beyond enjoyable - and for that I say, Thank You!
From where do you draw inspiration?
Honestly, I can't say it comes from one place in particular. I’m really just inspired by life, time, people and this planet as a whole. I know that sounds really generic, but it's true. I'm typically not out shooting because I'm inspired. Most of the time I'm just going about my day and the images come to me. Then I just spin a dial or two and push a button and the rest happens on it's own.
Art is an entity of it's own and the feeling I have at times while I'm making images seems similar to what Michelangelo said about his own sculptures — that he merely removed the excess stone in order to release the form from the block of marble. If you take the time to build a relationship with art, ask it questions and/or simply listen to it - it will reveal itself to you. When it does present itself and I am able to capture it — that's when I feel the most inspired.
What would you consider to be the ingredients for success with photography?
I think it is the ability to put your ego aside and listen. Whether it’s your client, your talent, the location, coworkers or all of them. The information needed to make the strongest images is always right in front of you, so if you listen, each situation will tell you what it needs to be a success. Then and only then is it okay to bring your artistic perspective into the mix. Then you create lasting images, rather than just successful pictures. And that’s what allows you to stand out among all the other "photographers" around you.
If you could work alongside any one photographer (alive or deceased), who would it be and why would you chose them?
Without a doubt, I would choose to work with Irving Penn on as many food or still life shoots as I could. He looked at art, life and all his subjects in such a different light than anyone else. Also, Irving's extremely private nature will intrigue me until the day I die and the chance to observe him at work would have answered so many questions for me.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Tough question for an Oregonian. Let's assume we don't have to account for any dietary restrictions, cool? I would serve you my world famous breakfast burritos which include a healthy dose of my secret hummus, spicy jack cheeses, crushed blue corn tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, peas, corn, carrots, potatoes, spicy Chicken Mango sausage, fettuccine Alfredo, fresh Oregon raspberries, minced apple chunks and a tiny hint of maple syrup — wrapped with a piece of Middle Eastern flat bread. My sister-in-law, Emily, can confirm it's world famousness if you doubt it.
Anything else you want to tell us?
I love quotes and never skip the chance to pass them along to others. Here are two that I truly enjoy:
"Two boys arrived yesterday with a pebble they said was the head of a dog, until I pointed out that it was really a typewriter." Pablo Picasso "Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill. I also want to mention that I have a fine art landscape book for sale now that I'm very proud of titled Magnificent Energies. You should check out this massive collection of epicness on my online store at http://awalshphotography.