Hi Andrew, I am very glad to feature you on my site this week. So how did you become a photographer? What was the first camera you used in your life?
I didn't even become interested in photography until I was maybe 18 or 19, and then quickly decided to study in school. Up until that point I was very intensely into drawing and illustration. My first camera was a crappy old SLR. I would buy low grade film from the drug store and didn't have any understanding of how it worked or why I kept getting improper exposures. I've come a long way I like to think.
Ah, you actually studied illustration before. No wonder your photos have such a great colour combination. Is your photography style influenced by the 80's era? If so, is there a particular reason you are attracted to it?
I wouldn't say it's completely influenced by a certain era, but I'm often attracted to subject matter from earlier points in my life or that which could be considered 'nostalgic', and I was a child in the late 80s and early 90s.
Your photos do give me a very retro,vintage feeling and nostalgic is the best word to describe them. Which photographers do you look up to? Have you learnt anything from them?
I'm very much into Olaf Breuning, Florian Maier-Aichen, and Matthew Porter. The first for his amazing imagination, the second for his innovation, and the third for how 'cool' I find his images.
Each photographer you mentioned above does have a special element that captures the audience. Well, let's get back to your images, what was the most memorable shoot you have done so far? Why was it memorable?
The Highliner fish-sticks factory for an assignment in Nova Scotia. So bizarre and interesting and retro.
I know this is a hard question for many photographers but I am still going to ask it. Out of all the photos you have shot so far, if you could only choose 1 photo to represent you as a photographer, which one would you use? Why?
I don't think I could. I'd get tired of it.
I don't blame you for that answer since I know it is very hard for a person to choose his/her best work. I know you are very interested in pop culture so here is my final question for you: If you needed to create an image based on the pop culture in the past 2 years, which thing/person would you come in mind instantly? Why?
I'm not too sure. 'Pop culture' as of late seems to be based around celebrity obsession, the financial crisis, a decade based around fear, etc. I might focus on fierce American patriotism because I find it pretty interesting, and as a Canadian outsider I like being a tourist to that kind of thing.
Now it's time for some trivia questions with Andrew!
Retro or Modern?
Retro or Modern?
Yellow or Blue?
Toronto or New York?
Toronto is my home but NYC is the centre of the universe. Undecided.
Coca Cola or Pepsi?
Neither, but I like the history of imagery based around Coke.
Apple or Orange?
Horse or Bird?
Mp3 or Vinyl Disc?
Snow or Rain?
Snow, but rain is more beautiful.
Nikon or Canon?
Indoor or Outdoor?
Thank you so much to Andrew for letting me to have an interview with him. I am very excited to see more of his works in the future. If you want to see more of his works, you can take a look at his personal homepage. All images are courtesy of Andrew B. Myers.