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Residing in Lengthy Shadows reveals a novel perception into the lifetime of a completely on-the-road journey journey photographer


For a lot of photographers, hitting the highway and simply spending all of your time capturing photographs is simply residing the dream. For photographers like Andy Greatest, it’s actuality. In Residing in Lengthy Shadows from SmugMug Movies, we take a peek into Andy’s work and a number of the struggles he’s needed to face residing life on the highway capturing photographs with a household.

It’s been some time since we final noticed a brand new movie from SmugMug, however they’ve greater than made up for it with this one. They’ve additionally switched from their typical comparatively quick format to one thing a little bit extra long-form. This one lasts for 25 minutes and it’s fascinating throughout.

Andy is primarily an outside journey way of life photographer, therefore the necessity for all of the travelling. Andy’s Journey by way of the video takes us on fairly the trek with a lot of superb twists and turns, but in addition features a temporary cease in Scotland at a time when he was notably fighting route in each his artwork and his life.

All of these items simply type of began me on a downward spiral. I began consuming an excessive amount of, I hid away from folks and I simply felt like I didn’t have rather more to supply anymore and I fell right into a deep melancholy. I felt weak and damaged.

It wasn’t till I received this job in Scotland the place I made a decision to remain for every week afterwards and I simply drove round, slept in my automotive, took photos. And someday, on my own on this cliff, issues simply began to come back again to me. For no matter motive, I felt it once more. I noticed it within the body. I felt this power that had been missing for therefore lengthy.

It’s unusual how Scotland appears to have that impact on folks. It’s why I moved right here. However every part from one of many lowest factors of Andy’s life to lots of its highs are coated within the tales informed within the video, which additionally supplies loads of suggestions and helpful data for others trying to both do comparable. Over on the SmugMug web site, there’s a weblog to go together with the video, providing 10 suggestions for capturing out of doors and journey images, however there’s a lot extra within the video itself. Even in case you don’t need to bounce on the entire “van life” factor, however maybe simply need to go to someplace you’ve by no means been earlier than to {photograph} it, there may be loads of nice recommendation.

It’s an incredible way of life and dealing. I believe in a former life – if this video had been launched about 20 years in the past – it might need been one thing I’d have been impressed to strive myself. Lately, although, I believe I’m a bit too set in my methods. However with of us like Andy on the market doing it and documenting it for the remainder of us to see, that’ll maintain me happy.

Would you need to stay your life like this in case you may?

I actually hope SmugMug begin to do extra of those longer-form movies sooner or later. The outdated ones have been nice, however this format actually does kick issues up a notch. So, seize a drink, sit again and have a watch!

And to see extra of Andy’s work and life, make sure you try his web site and observe him on Instagram and Fb.

[via SmugMug / Images used with permission]



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