Andy Crawford explains passion for nature in Exhibitions Without Walls interview

Learn what drives my passion for nature photography

The art website Exhibitions Without Walls reached out recently to learn more my passion for nature photography. In the interview, I explain why I spend so much time capturing images that evoke emotions from any nature lover and discuss the process that leads to these beautiful photos.

Here is a snippet from the interview that can be seen in full on Exhibitions Without Walls.

Introduction to the interview

Here are two of the questions and answers from the interview:

QUESTION: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?

ANSWER: I think the first quality my viewers would comment on is the realism of my photography. My primary goal is to create images that transport my viewers into the scene I have captured, and I think the key is to create images that look real. So I am very careful to avoid filters that create the crunchy HDR-style photos that are so prevalent. That’s not to say I post photos right out of my camera: I absolutely work on every photo I post to my gallery, using a couple of software applications to get the most from every image. However, I don’t want my viewers to realize the photo has been edited: I want them to see my work and feel like they are there and enjoying nature in all of its beauty.

Strong composition would probably be another aspect my viewers notice. I work hard to choose great compositions with leading lines that draw the viewer’s eye through the frame and emphasize certain areas of each photograph. I think composition is the real foundation of any eye-catching photograph, so it’s something I spend a lot of time ensuring I get right.

QUESTION: Several artists have some difficulty in discerning between photography and fine art photography. What are your thoughts about the two types or is there really no distinction?

ANSWER: I am fortunate to work in a variety of photography genres. In addition to my fine-art photography, I also shoot business headshots, do a bit of commercial photography and even some sports photography. For me, however, there is a real distinction between those other genres of photography and fine-art photography.

The key distinction is the creative process. Sure, there is room for some creativity when working on business headshots or sports photography, but time constraints and client needs generally limit that aspect of photography.

The full interview

These two questions are just part of the interview in which I explain not only my passion for nature photography but discuss my approach to the artistic side of the business.

You can find the full interview and see all the images chosen to be featured by the website by clicking here.