As part of an on going exploration of the relation between Life, Death and Photography, Andrew photographed the partially cleared home of his late grandparents.
The exploration, in this case, sought to document areas that trigger personal memories. From the living room where the whole family would cram in to for Christmas present opening to the chair the cousins would fight over.
Further to these personal memories come elements which all of us can connect with on a level. The difference between a worn carpet compared to where the bed once stood. The decay as part of a house which was a struggle to keep. The garden which was once a center of great pride, sitting unloved and rotting.
As part of the showcase of exhibitions at the culmination of the BA(Hons) Photography at the university of Portsmouth. The show ran for four weeks across May to June 2012.
Secret Dockyard was a photographic project during 2011 to 2012 documenting the conservation areas of Boathouse No4 in the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth. A historical structure in its own right, Boathouse No4 was a key part in preparations for D-Day and other aspects of World War Two.
The aim of the project was to show these otherwise unseen areas so they could be accessible to the public through photography. The photographs themselves serve as a preservation of the areas, documenting them for generations to come. The series was shot using large format 10×8″ black and white film and a series of fibre based contact prints which were treated using selenium. The process of the fibre based prints and the selenium helps to preserve the photographs for as long as possible.
Through exhibition, Secret Dockyard was presented in cabinets with a glass lid. The cabinet serving as the walls of the museum with the artifacts inside. A large print of an overview of Boathouse No4 featured above the cabinets as the facade to a museum does from the street it is on.
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Andrew is a professional photographer based in Horndean, Hampshire, England. With over 10 years of working as a photographer he has built up a wealth of experience both commercially and personally.
Andrew was educated at the University of Portsmouth graduating in 2012 with a 2:1 Honours degree in Photography, during his time here he spent large amounts of time working with traditional methods and techniques becoming an accomplished darkroom printer working mostly with large film formats in both 5×4″ and 10×8″. Using these skills he continues to produce traditional imagery using his own darkroom.
Since graduating Andrew has continued to create award winning acclaimed Fine Art Photography projects using largely traditional processes with film including A Road Petrol Stations at Night after it receiving the Aspex Graduate Award 2012 and the Student Achievement Award in 2012.
Using these skills and knowledge of photography Andrew has spent the last 10 years photographing Weddings, Interior Spaces for Commercial clients, Studio Portrait shoots, Product and Apparel shots and in the world of Heritage and Preservation.
In 2012-2013 Andrew returned to the University of Portsmouth to complete a PGCE in Further Education and currently heads up the highly successful Photography department at Midhurst Rother College in West Sussex.
A photographic investigation of non-place and the sanctuary provided by the A Road Petrol Station. Emerging from the darkness of the long nights drive, they give us shelter, food and water.
All images photographed using a 5×4 large format technical camera on Kodak Portra 160.
As part of a recent triptych as contribution to a photographic collective called ‘Collective of Two’. Andrew shot a short series of animal skulls. The images were shot in a studio environment using focus stacking to create a hyper focal image.