Andy Earl, Guest Speaker – Friday October 9th

Andy was born and brought up in Sussex where he studied Art. He quickly turned to Photography which he was encouraged to use as an artistic expression. I waited till after the talk to ask him how his career started off and how he got to do the shoots he did. He said he got offered a show at the photographer’s gallery in London and it started off from there getting asked to do shoots. I then asked him if he has always wanted to do commercial photography and he said “No I haven’t, I wanted to do art photography but it’s how it turned out getting asked to work on projects”.

One key aspect i have picked up from Andy is to keep being innovative. We now live in an era where technically, we can do anything easily with no problems as compared to film photography. If we don’t like an image, delete take another one, or raw post process it if the exposure wasn’t perfect.  Instead of producing technically perfect images, we as the next generation of photographers need to find a way of being creative or perhaps to ‘go against the grain’ which is what street photographer William Klein is well known for in his work. Being more creative, coming up with new ideas is what separates a good photographer from  a photographer nowadays as everyone can take a picture now. Andy kept reinforcing this as like a method of success in this industry…. Being creative and innovative. 

‘The only way you get work is from your ideas’ – Andy Earl, Lecture – 10:30 – 09/10/2015

Andy showed us a video he worked on with director Michel Gondry for the rock band ‘Rolling Stones’. Link for his video is here: http://www.andyearl.com/p-selected-work-video. The video was shot by himself with two cameras on each hand getting a 180 degrees view of what he was seeing with super-wide lenses. When the 12,000+ stills were processed and morphed, the outcome is an extremely interesting video where it looks as though the viewer is hallucinating or drunk, which worked perfectly with the song and the video. And again this technique was never done before, Andy challenging himself and technology at the time, nearly 20 years ago.

The picture above is taken on Andy’s iPhone taking a panorama whilst driving. Because he was driving at such speed, the camera tried to capture all the visual information around to create a wide image but whilst this would obviously fail when driving at speed, it creates strange, good image… one that reminds me of David Hockney’s collage work.This image is an example of ‘going against the grain’ in this modern era, and how being creative and innovative is the way forward as photographers.

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