Andrew Ross - The Past in the Present.
Produced by The Learning Connexion.
I’m really keen to get back to posting my own thoughts and photography on this site. But, before I do, I want to document a few of the factors that have helped to inspire me and in turn, find my way back to photography.
Please, make yourself a cup tea or coffee, something a little stronger if it’s that time of day and spare just 16 minutes to watch this short documentary. I promise, you will not regret it.
I first watched this Artist Profile of Wellington Photographer Andrew Ross several years ago when it was initially published. I find it quite remarkable that it remains largely unwatched and as such it’s massively underappreciated. It’s such a great piece of “inspirational” documentary footage, it’s both beautifully shot and edited. What’s more, it sensitively highlights the work of a Kiwi photographer I’ve admired immensely from the moment I became aware of his work.
I’ve had cause to visit Wellington several times in recent months and on one of those visits I happened to walk past Andrew’s workshop in Newtown. I had no idea it was there, It’s not quite as obvious these days as it is in the video, the signage has gone and the colour has changed but my subconscious mind recalled it from this footage. On returning to my hotel room later that day I googled searched and eventually found the video again. I must have watched it 4 or 5 times over the following few days. His passion for photography and love of his art is so strong I couldn’t help but be reminded of what I was missing.
On that same trip I was fortunate enough to pick up a signed copy of FIAT LUX by Andrew Ross. The book features in the video above and contains some fabulous images. It’s available to buy from Photospace Gallery in Wellington.
There’s such a raw honesty to Andrew’s process and so much dedication and integrity in his images, I personally find them very moving, not to mention inspirational.
Unfortunately, despite wandering the streets of Newtown I never did bump in to Andrew on his scooter, much to my disappointment….
Enjoy. I’d love to hear what you think.