“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams
Knowing who I am is almost as important as my shots themselves. After all, fine art prints don’t come with hundreds and hundreds of skimmable user reviews and easily comparable features. No, at its core, photography is art and the value of art is in the connection between the artist and the observer.
If you can look at one of my shots and say “wow, that’s impressive,” then a) thank you!, and b) you’ve made a connection with me and you can appreciate the power of the scene I’m trying to express. Now, I don’t go around calling myself an artist and I wouldn’t want you to see 95% of the photos I take… but for those 5% that make me say “wow!” well, those are the shots I hope connect with you as well.
My name is Andrew Rhodes and I’m a St. Louis born-and-raised attorney-by-trade who lives in the Washington DC metro area. Beautiful Northern Virginia, to be exact. That certainly doesn’t sound like the background a photographer might have, but then how many people go to school to be one? (Ansel Adams was well on his way to a career as a concert pianist before he found his calling as a nature photographer).
Photography runs in the family, though. My great-grandfather developed several shutter-related patents that he sold to Kodak, and both he and my grandfather ran studios during their various careers. But like them, my passion lies out in the field, where getting a great shot is merely complimentary to the enjoyment and awe of the adventure itself. So please, have a look around, follow my Flickr feed or Facebook account, maybe even order a print, but most of all, I hope you find some enjoyment in the world as I capture it… one shot at a time.