Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
In Public’s Blake Andrews is an outspoken street photographer and blogger based in Eugene Oregon. He shoots mostly black and white film and while his work fits within a broad definition of street photography, he sees himself as a photographer first. Looking for images wherever they can be found. I sat down with Blake to talk about the process of finding images and making photographs.
I met Blake Andrews earlier this year when he was doing a workshop with Matt Stuart in Los Angeles. The first thing I noticed was that his eyes never really stopped moving. He seemed to be constantly looking for images 3 or 4 steps ahead of wherever he was standing. He was pretty busy with the workshop so we agreed to together by Skype when we were both back home. Our conversation touched on street photography but we spent more time talking about his process of finding images and the importance of making photographs.
I hope you enjoy the interview as much I did!
StreetShootr: Hi Blake, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today!
Blake Andrews: My pleasure, Karl. I’m glad to be here.
SS: Let’s jump right into it. I understand that you don’t really think of yourself as street photographer in the strictest sense?
BA: I guess that’s what I best fit into in terms of my work being candid and found moments and just being open to possibilities. But it’s never been a clean fit for me to look at myself as a street photographer or even compare work to traditional street photography. I just do what I do. I found my thing and whatever. If some people think my work is street photography or not isn’t important to me. It doesn’t have to be one thing or the other.