Los Angeles, CA
“I shoot photos of everything in my life. I've been doing that for the past two decades.”
In a world of constant, quietly deafening content-sharing, we can often lose sight of the reason we started creating in the first place. A muddled audience, any audience for that matter, can alter the very nature of inspiration, confusing the simplest question: Why?
Forty-four year-old amateur photographer and Eugene, Oregon resident Blake Andrews knows precisely why he creates and for whom: Himself. Over the past two decades, photography has provided an electric, deeply personal haven for the Briceland, California native: “Every time I make a strong photo, it's exciting. And I have made many over the years...In the eyes of society I have wasted the past 20 years doing nothing. Even most other photographers don't understand my photos. I rarely agree with their curatorial choices.”
This drive–an understanding that the photo exists first and foremost to satisfy individual curiosity and desire to capture specific slices of the world–erects the barriers that dictate satisfaction or disappointment, freeing Blake from the strictures of pleasing a particular audience or benefactor. His is creation for the self, as pure an expression as we can access in a climate that increasingly threatens to dilute such refreshing simplicity.
If you need a soundtrack to Blake's photos, he suggests you either listen to his radio show (streamable every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm on kwvaradio.org) or fire up the Minutemen's album Double Nickels On The Dime.
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