Under a Petunia Sky – Andrew Areoff
We have written about Andrew Areoff not too long ago. He was the person who sold a photo of ‘neglected’ beach house for £50,000! You can read about it in our article‘Neglected, Yet Worth a Fortune’. Today we would like to let you know more about Andrew’s photography.
“How can I transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the mundane into the evocative? Have I conveyed more than a just a record of a scene and created a compelling, quirky and thought provoking representation of a subject, a place, a time, a feeling.
“Light is fleeting and ever-changing. Wait for that spectacular light and more often than not it fails to materialise. Instead it creeps up on you unexpectedly and unpredictably. But when light and scene fuse together at the right time they render a scene of such hue, detail and texture that has to be captured before it is lost forever.
“Be it coastline, landscape, urban, still-life or the minutiae of an environment – I use a camera to capture these moments; concentrating less on the medium but instead more on how I can use my tools to encapsulate the essence of what I am seeing before me and what it means.
Under a Petunia Sky (top image) – a splendid silence and isolation at the end of a day
“This stretch of coastline at Thorpe Bay, part of the Thames estuary is where I came to live when moving from London; a place where the river flows through on its way to the sea. So for me, photographing this coastline represents my journey from the city to the coast – the freedom, the inspiration, the space; but also the desire to return and experience the sights, the smells, the memories and the transitory nature of the City that I came from.
Trajectory – Andrew Areoff
Trajectory – A Ceaseless Journey to Another Place
“I know the trajectory of the sun across the July sky and can make a vertical pencil-mark on the horizon to pin-point its disappearance. The star paints a raisin coloured sky with slivers of chamois illumination as it travels to another place; never the same palette as before and guaranteed to be different tomorrow.
“The silhouetted boats bob up and down at the far end of this little bay and they appear to be close to falling over the edge into the horizon beyond. The sky, a fusion of light, cloud and location reflects into the water that shimmies up onto the shingle. The shoreline is dyed the colour of the expanse above while another gentle layer of water undulates towards the same point. The diffused sun casts its weakening light into the water as dusk continues towards darkness in this estuarine scene.
End of the Day – Andrew Areoff
End of the Day – Looking Forward and Reflecting Back.
“Another day of hard work well done; what a place to be; another difficult time; hoping tomorrow will be different; a bit nippy this evening; fresh. At the end of the day what is he thinking as he looks out to sea, looking towards tomorrow and reflecting back on past events? Place, time and structures provide the arena that the dramas of our lives are played out in and we are both the actors and the spectators.
Neglected – Andrew Areoff
Neglected – But Not Beyond Repair
“This abandoned beach hut is characteristic of our wider society both in its institutions and structures but also in how we interact with one another; neglectful, unloved, worn, decayed, scarred. But all is not lost if we take the time and energy to set about mending what is important and realise the potential, character, hope, inspiration, comfort and enjoyment.
All the images were shot using positive reversal film on a Nikon F5 between 2006-2011.
“Upcoming projects – sticking with my love of the local coastline in Essex, a county which is much maligned and even ridiculed in popular culture especially with the dominance of TV programs such as ‘TOWIE’, I am working on a number of projects which portray the natural, raw, moody and atmospheric beauty of this part of England.
“One project is the depiction of how the coastline and the view changes constantly, only today sitting in a cafe overlooking the Thames Estuary, a clear view of the opposite shore was transformed within 60 seconds to total obliteration as yet another sudden rain show came. A minute later the skies cleared and the view returned – but each transformation is itself unique and ever changing.
“I also have another ongoing project of local scenes which is going to be relaunched shortly under the title of ‘The only view is Essex’.”
If you would like to learn more about Andrew and his photography, please visit his website.