“Photography is not a job, it is a calling. It needs devotion for perfection.”
He first heard his calling for photography during his architectural studies. And with the first pictures, the first questions appear.
How does it work?
What should I pay attention to?
How can I improve?
What is missing?
Questions, that required answers.
Questions, that triggered his curiosity.
Questions, that started a journey.
This journey led Andy Stone to “Die Graphische” in Vienna. At the college of “photography and audiovisual media” he extended his self-taught knowledge and received some first answers. He broke initial creative barriers laying the foundation for Andy Stone Photo.
If you don’t know the way, you have to ask for it
Knowing more about the “how” and “what” of photography, Andy continued his journey. New photos and new projects led to new questions – questions that made him restless. Questions that have been accompanying him ever since.
Where does photography begin?
Where does it ends?
When does photography become art?
Questions, that are not easy to answer.
Questions, that have more than one answer,
and that lead to new questions.
Every question a step.
Every answer another one.
Another step in his journey.
You never know, where the journey leads you
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
In 2013, Andy moved to Innsbruck, Tyrol. As a staff photographer of the tyrolean newspaper “Tiroler Tageszeitung”, he captured countless situations and settings and met a lot of different people from various backgrounds. But after three years he wanted more and he knew, he could do more.
So, he started his work as an independent photographer. Andy Stone Photo was born.
Path to passion
Andy’s deep love for photography has ever been growing. His aspiration and his never-ending perfectionism have been his driving forces. First national awards and international recognition encouraged Andy to continue his path. Yet, he was not happy with the course and style of his work:
Animal Photography – not the real thing,
Editorial Photography – too one dimensional,
Press Photography – too boring,
Portrait Photography – not enough.
Andy was stuck.
His path led him to a fork. Unsure where to go next, his journey came to a halt.
While there are encounters in life we cannot explain at the time, it was one of those personal experiences that has inspired Andy’s new style of photography: More intimate, more fragile, more human, and more emotional, he created his own back & white Conceptual Fine Art Photography.
Focus on the people
Inspired by personal experience and the studies of art history, the human being emerged to be the central motif in Andy’s photographies.
So, he created two lines of work: In his Conceptual Fine Art Photography, he visualises his creative ideas and observations. He shares his thoughts and concepts with the viewer inviting them to a dialogue.
In his Headshot Photography, the focus lies on the person in front of the camera. Andy’s intention is not only to create aesthetic studio shoots but to capture their personality on camera – telling little stories about life.
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