We recently discovered the work of Andy Grellmann, a Vancouver based photographer, thanks to social media site Instagram. His photos remind us of why we love the Pacific Northwest - it's easy to lose sight of how close the beauty is when you're hunkered down in the city working away. With the trails drying off and the nights getting warmer, Andy's photos are sure to inspire you towards the great outdoors. We sat down with Andy to find out more about his work:
Your images remind us of how beautiful the PNW is. It's sometimes easy to forget that we live in such an amazing environment. How often do you get out to enjoy it?
My family owns a cabin in Whistler in a quieter part of the town, and so I was fortunate to have that access and opportunity growing up. My backyard is basically a giant mountain. I'm also fortunate to have some good friends with cabins in other parts of BC. I try and get out to a cabin setting at least once a month. When the city vibe isn't doing it for me, I'll usually head as far west as I can to get away from the noise.
What's been your favourite local spot to go to for recreation?
Pacific Spirit Park, Lighthouse Park, Lynn Valley. They're amazing when it's raining. I'm a huge fan of Spanish Banks, Wreck Beach, and Stanley park in the summer.
Is there anything in particular you dream of shooting?
I really like documenting stories, particularly people working with their hands. If I could find something like that, with a bit more meaning and tradition and emotional investment to it, I'll be all over it.
Do you have a particular camera of choice?
I shoot film predominantly, and until recently my camera of choice has been a 1980's Bronica SQ-A. I picked up a beautiful Hasselblad 500C/M a month ago, which is certainly now the one I reach for. I also use a couple of Nikon F series SLR's for 35mm film.
What's one of your favourite photos that you have taken?
I get bored of my own photographs very quickly. But one that sticks, probably more because of the memory it evokes, is a shot of a couple of empty canoes tied to a make shift dock during sunrise, while the fog is being burnt off. It's a good reminder of a beautifully peaceful moment, and the value of a quiet mind. (see attached).
We discovered your work through your instagram feed - what do you like about that media site? Does it inform your photographs or detract from them?
Instagram for me has been primarily about community and connecting with other people. I've discovered incredible artists and made friends through that app. I don't think it detracts from my photography, but I don't think it necessarily reflects one's ability as a photographer. There are a lot of trends and gimmicks on there that are fun and interesting, and the square format lends itself to visual balance and symmetry, but I rely on photography books for inspiration. Like Fred Herzog, Sam Abell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Vivian Maier. I just picked up a great book by Mike Brodie as he train hops through the US. Have you seen it? It's beautiful work.
Haven’t seen the book yet, but his work is awesome. Do you have any upcoming travel plans?
I'll be heading back to a nearly century old cabin in Northern British Columbia in a month or so. London, UK, after that to spend time with my brother. Japan later in the year hopefully.
Visit Andy's website for more info and follow him on Instagram here.