Andrew Wilkinson LRPS
"A highly commended and experienced photographer, well-known for his commercial, wedding and lifestyle photography. A dedicated professional and delight to work with he engages tirelessly with an interested passion and insightfulness to the job in hand, yet remains unobtrusive in the execution of his craft."
Based in Cambridge (Cambridgeshire, UK), where I live with my wife and three daughters, I provide photographic services for weddings, families, events, corporate and commercial organisations located in London, across the UK, and abroad. I have passion and zeal for my for photography and my work has taken me to various interesting and beautiful parts of the world. Fortunately, for me, travel is an important and enjoyable part of my journey (no pun intended); it is not a bind, but one of the necessary 'spice' ingredients of my life.
Working on commissions where people are the subject, is the most privileged form of photography I know. Whether it be a headshot, wedding, travel project, or such, the fundamental requirement to a successful outcome is the relationship that is built in a single moment, or over the course or a period of time. Only then is it that camera becomes the portal through which that relationship is captured.
My first recollections of an interest in photography go back to when I was knee-high to a grasshopper! I recall rummaging through a box of black and white photographs and negatives taken by my father, that I'd found in the attic of our house. With the negatives held up to the light I desperately tried to imagine how they would look as a print, where they were taken and who was in them. I would sit for hours dreamily lost in the 'present' of a past world. With the prints that I dug out of the box my fascination was with the shadows; the light; the 'lead-in' and compositional constructs that drew my eye into the image; the drama; the simplicity; pattern; geometry; balance; the curiosity of where, when and who all captured in a split second - telling their stories for ever!
Images may be accepted at face value and simply be pleasing to the eye without, necessarily, the need for further interpretation. In my opinion great photographs retain enigmatic and timeless qualities that continue to give pleasure and interest, thereby continuing to increase their intrinsic, if not monetary, value. That said, empowerment to interpret an image remains with the viewer.
I am intrigued by the idea that 'a photographic image is true and false in equal measure' - taken from the introduction to The Genius of Photography, by Gerry Badger. Georges Braque put it most beautifully, if not a little soberingly, when he said "Truth exists, only falsehood needs to be invented." Context and perspective play enormous roles in the 'truth' conveyed by an image; I will naturally try to convey the 'truth' unless a pleasing picture is all that is required. It is also amazing that given the billions of photographs uploaded into that great cyberworld no two are ever the same!
For me, each day provides new and exciting opportunities to see things in another light or from a different perspective. This can be as wonderful as it is frustrating. Wonderful, because of the magic and magnificence of nature or the impact from interactions of our social and often distraught world. Frustrating, because I simply want to do justice to the emotion of what I see and experience through the medium and expression of my art - the process from observation to capture to production to the final image. In this respect advancements in technology facilitate part of this process. A good camera and the best equipment do not make a good photographer; a good photographer makes a good picture - that's the nub of it, but a little phrase I recently constructed is: "It is the photographer who makes the picture, not the camera; equipment really doesn't mater - until it does!"
In a word, versatile. I'm not locked into a particular style - often the image will suggest its own style, which makes the creative element more exciting! Unless I'm photographing products, interors or architecture, or such like, my natural approach to capturing images tends towards a natural, flowing documentary, or photojournalistic style.
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