andrew moxom — biography
Andrew Moxom is a self taught photographer who grew up in the semi–rural area of Northwest London. A major influence to him is the landscape of Cornwall where his family now resides. In 1994, Andrew emigrated to Minnesota where he has been able to adapt his eye towards more traditional Midwestern subject matter. Andrew has been photographing since 1986 and quickly realized the impact of a finely crafted black and white print, and that it could convey the emotion he was feeling or visualized at the time the image was taken and when all the right elements of light, shadow and contrast all come together to create something that is often larger than the sum of what one would normally see. To him, they communicate in a visual and tactile way that no other medium can capture and replicate.
Andrew has primarily focused on landscape images, but is drawn to anything that catches the eye by its form, quality of light, shape, and compositional components. Andrew’s recent subjects range from landscapes and waterscapes of Superior’s North Shore, recent work from Cornwall to stark industrial images of grain silos and similar infrastructure so often seen throughout the Midwest. There are also his documentary photos of old buildings in various states of disrepair, or bygones from another era left to decay. There is also a theme emerging by Andrew’s use of old antique lenses for images taken in cemeteries and religious places that highlight monuments and tributes to deities, spiritual beliefs, and lives past.
All of Andrew’s printing is done using traditional darkroom techniques using fiber based paper and processing steps to archival/museum standards. To Andrew, the printing stage is where images truly come to life. He strives to convey those remembered, but often fleeting moments in time when all elements are right, and taking it one step further culminating in an image that strikes a chord within and makes the viewer participate and experience what the artist felt.