ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO
Andy’s work is helping tell the story of our rapidly changing planet through conservation-focused marine expeditions. Though his roots are deeply bound in the rock climbing world, where he started as Senior Photographer for Climbing Magazine, his focus has moved back to the sea where he once studied marine biology in college. He is fond, not fearful of sharks and reports they are as curious about him as he is of them. The resulting photos are remarkably memorable and vital. The expeditions to research and study these magnificent fish are now essential for their preservation.
Andy has recently aligned with Sea Legacy and National Geographic to document the last wild places and streamline their protection. He has worked effortlessly on all 7 continents as a visual storyteller and is just as involved in the political processes of protection as he is in capturing the stories in the field.
His latest journey is a thirty five day mission to Antarctica for National Geographic Magazine, returning just in time for the opening of the exhibition. Andy’s work will tell the story of human impact on this precious natural area – specifically the impact of krill fishing on the region’s wildlife, which includes orca whales, seals, and penguins.
Exploring and photographing our planet’s last wild places aligns perfectly with Andy’s love of adventure and conservation values. His still photos remind us of the magic of a captured moment and how the emotion of an image can touch our spirit. Naming Greenland as his favorite place “where the mountains and sea collide,” Andy relishes time spent in sparsely populated, nearly untouched, wild locations.
Andy lives in Niwot with his wife, Orien, and 18-month old daughter, Josie.