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MISSION

To make and distribute photographic images portraying the art of nature for spaces where people can appreciate the beauty, diversity and sacredness of the natural world, understand that we are part of this intricate web of life and act in ways to restore and protect our home, the earth.

 

We human beings are part of an incredibly diverse and   interesting universe -- our Mother, the source of our creative energy, and our   home. An evolving process that began over 13 billion years ago brought us to today. The latest lessons of  quantum physics teach that the entire universe is an implicate order within us   while also a vast explicate order that includes everything.   Yet immersed in the isolation of our own lives we often do not appreciate   the beautiful creation around us.  My   photography provides a small window into the vast array of this beauty, an   opportunity to observe and consider, to contemplate and learn from the things   and creatures that surround us, a moment of spiritual connection to one another   and to that being observed.  These  images reflect my reality that is interrelated with everything in the universe and therefore touches your reality. 

  My reality starts in my ecological home, the Delaware River Watershed.  This vast region stretching across portions of five states - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland - includes the Delaware River itself and all the tributaries that flow into it with their surrounding drainage areas . The  territory encompasses an amazing array of beauty, much of it in preserved natural areas like national, state and local parks or wild and scenic rivers. We do not have to travel great distances to find this beauty. It is in our backyard and next door in adjacent ecological regions like the southern coast of New Jersey. Most of my photography focuses on images from these areas.

 

"A human being is part of the whole called by us 'the universe,' a part limited in time and space.  We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as separate from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of our consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affections for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of  Nature in its beauty." 
Albert Einstein

"Beauty will save the world"
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

  I love talking to groups about the subjects that I photograph and the creative process that I use.  I have spoken to and judged photo competitions for local camera clubs.  My varied audiences for presentations include retirement communities, garden clubs, birding clubs, churches, environmental groups, canoeing and kayaking associations and other community groups. Teaching photography and the creative process is a passion.   Contact me about doing workshops or presentations using my images: Telephone   Email

 

Ansel Adams on the use of digital technology and creativity:
"In the electronic age, I am sure that scanning techniques will be developed to achieve prints of extraordinary subtlety from the original negative scores. If I could return in twenty years or so I would hope to see astounding interpretations of my most expressive images. It is true no one could print my negatives as I did, but they might well get more out of them by electronic means. Image quality is not the product of a machine but of the person who directs the machine, and there are no limits to imagination and expression."
~ Ansel Adams, An Autobiography, 1985

All images are museum quality, printed with pigment based ink on matte surface fine art paper or premium artist canvas with an estimated fade-resistant life of 70-100 years. The images on this website are low resolution and do not compare with the detail available in the digitally produced prints.     Images from August 2003 - August 2005 are shot with a Canon 10D, after August 2005 with a  Canon 20D, 50D, or 5 D Mark II or Canon 1D Mark II N using a Canon EF-S 17-85 f4-5.6 IS, a Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS, a Canon 24-105 f4 IS, a Sigma 150 Macro,  a Canon 400 EF f5.6 L, and a Canon 500 EF f4.0 L sometimes with a 1.4x or 2x Teleconverter attached.    

Images also available as stock images. Contact me at  andy at andysmithphotography.com 

Contact me if you see an image at a gallery or exhibit but do not find it here, or if you desire  another size from those listed as a special order.  I have the capability to produce prints up to 24 inches wide on the shorter side.

Contact me at  andy at andysmithphotography.com 

 

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Each product that I ship is inspected for visible defects. I warrant the product to be free from defects at the time of shipment, and guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with any product you order. If you are not, the product will be promptly replaced or your money refunded, at your choice, less shipping and handling. Product must be returned within 30 days of shipment.

 

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