Andrew Georgiades is a photographer, also a model who was born and raised in North West London. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with photography?
I’ve been taking pictures since I was young, my love for imagery further developed at university as I studied multimedia and advertising. But I think it fully manifested when I went travelling for half a year round south east Asia post graduating. This combined with the industry I now work in has further nurtured my love for photography.
How important is having a unique style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
I think it’s extremely important to find your own ‘identity’ as a photographer. When I take photos travelling the world I like to combine my experience working alongside fashion photography with that of documentary photography. I like to keep the colours natural, never too saturated or edited. I like my images to be imperfect, raw and real. I think it allows for more emotion.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
Born and raised in London, UK. But my family are originally from Cyprus. London has always been a creative hub, nourished with various backgrounds and influences from ethnicities all over the world. That artistic city life combined with regularly visiting the nature filled, beautiful landscapes of Cyprus are at the core of my style.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
Pick up a camera and shoot. Take photos as often as possible, take photos of anything that inspires you. Do not seek perfection, it’s the cracks in photography that bring a picture to life, a subject might be moving and slightly out of focus, the framing might be off centre. Sometimes these things can make for a beautiful image. Find an understanding for light, how light affects an image, and play around with aperture, ISO and shutter speed to find your distinctive style. Shoot in RAW and become comfortable with Lightroom. And most importantly have FUN.
Have you ever run out of ideas?
Sometimes I play around with images and can’t get it quite right. In those instances I step back for a few weeks and focus my creativity elsewhere, I’ll then go back later on, and often find new inspiration.
How do you find places and models for your shootings?
I don’t shoot often in london. And don’t tend to look for anything. When I’m away I’m constantly exploring, if I stumble across something or someone I’m indpired by, I’ll shoot.
What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
My 50mm prime lens.
Do you edit your photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
I use Lightroom for colour correction and grading. Occasionally photoshop for layout, print, graphics or fine tuning an image. On the move I occasionally use VSCO but only ever make the slightest changes with shadows/highlights.
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