Our most frequently asked question!
I’m writing this at the First Wave exhibition at the Art4Vision Gallery on Las Olas Boulevard. Andy, of course, is busy talking to some of his many admirers. He loves to talk about his work, and guests at the exhibition are fascinated to hear how all the beach photographs are, as it says in the catalog, ‘taken and edited on the beach’. “Don’t you Photoshop them?” So many people have asked this, and the answer is definitely not.
You see, Andy’s goal is to share the immediacy of the moment with his thousands of followers on social media and the people who buy his limited edition prints. Once a photograph is taken, he immediately edits it. The importance of this is that the scene he has just captured is still right in front of him. Editing the image an hour later, or even five minutes later, means that the immediacy of the moment has gone forever.
Sometimes, I think that the Photoshop question arises because it’s hard to believe that these images are taken and edited right there on the beach in a matter of seconds. The answer is of course that Andy has been doing this for many years and one of his amazing skills is his ability to capture the moment.