"Creative expression is born out of a connection to the moment, seeing the beauty of it and finding ways to share it."
My best friend recently joined me on this planet. She arrived with the gift of unconditional love. The birth of my daughter shifted my reality profoundly…my nagging desire to explore the earth faded. In its place, the question of what it is to be human arose. What it is to live. What it is to love.
I have always enjoyed the isolation and serenity of wild open spaces, finding peace and connecting to the natural world. Though outside of these quiet environments, I have been aware of a general discomfort inside of me. I now identify that discomfort as fear. Fear of death, fear of failing, fear of things I know and those I don’t. I wondered whether being human just meant being consumed by fear. It is broadcast all around us, in newspapers, on TV, in conversation. It was engulfing.
I recently made a conscious decision to try to alter my reality, seeking to replicate the feelings of connection I associate with natural environments, in all places I inhabit. This meant delving deep inside of me to better understand myself.
A little while back I was asked to present a talk on street photography I decided I would photograph the urban area in the same way I photographed lions in the Serengeti, polar bears in the Arctic and whales in the Antarctic. So I meditated. I went out with my camera and sought to feel beauty. I started to see the world in two tones - love and fear.
For the first time in my life, I feel content to live where I was born – the great metropolis of London. I see beauty and opportunity in a way I could not before. I like to listen to people as they talk. I enjoy watching the flow of the world around me. I feel free. Despite the environment of fear, pockets of resistance (love) can be found everywhere. I am grateful to my daughter for opening my heart.
About / Biography
Andrew’s love of grand adventure and world exploration inspired his career as an award-winning wildlife, landscape and nature photographer. The experience of connecting firsthand with something fantastic and wild, and then being able to communicate that experience through a photograph, is a motivating factor in Andrew’s unique work.
His world travels have taken him to every corner of the globe. Recently, he has been working with Sony on a number of international projects including taking the Sony Alpha A7R to Yosemite and Joshua Tree in Spring 2014, shooting in Sri Lanka with the Alpha 77 in Autumn 2013, soaking up the Pyrenees with the Alpha 99 in Summer 2013 and putting the Alpha 99 and NEX 6 through their paces in the Serengeti in Spring 2013. His next expedition will see him take the latest Sony equipment into the wilderness of the Arctic.
Using his photography, Andrew is trying to cultivate artistic expression in different parts of the world. He hosted photography classes in schools on his most recent trip to Sri Lanka, leaving behind several cameras with the students. He hopes the children will be able to capture and express their unique points of view. Andrew plans to market and sell these photos, sending the proceeds back to support the schools in Sri Lanka.
Andrew is passionate about the idea that through photography we can connect more deeply with our environment, with each other, and ultimately with ourselves.
Commissions / Image Galleries
For three weeks in August 2014, Network photographer Andrew Scriven set off on a three week trip across Svalbard. With an eye tuned to the fragile and endangered ecosystem, his images and accompanying written reflections reveal both the beauty of the island as well as lessons we can all take home from a step outside our media and consumer focused society.
View Andrew's full gallery here, and enjoy his written blogs below:
*All images taken with Sony α7R and α99 cameras*
Describe the moment you knew photography would be your profession.
Three key moments stick out in my mind. The first was my encounter with a humpback whale in the Antarctic Ocean. The photograph changed my perception on what I could achieve with my camera. The second was my first photographic sale. It felt bizarre someone should value my photograph and that altered my mindset. The third was recognition in the Sony World Photography Awards. This instilled in me a belief that I could make my living through my photography.
If you could sum up your work in one sentence, what would that be?
I do what I love, which is not work to me.
You get to travel to some pretty amazing locations... what is the most remarkable place you have visited yet and why?
That’s a tough question. They are all remarkable in different ways. Antarctica and Everest are exceptional environments and it was a dream to visit them. Having some understanding of the environment, its history and its culture enhances the whole experience. I will never forget the warmth and generosity of the people I met in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
What about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of places yet to travel to?
Top of my list is Svalbard in Norway. I plan to spend some time up there in the Summer of 2014. I can’t wait!
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
I think I would be running a cycling expedition company in the UK. I had written my business plan and registered the domain name of my company when I sold my first picture.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors program?
I am always seeking to make connections with people who inspire and energize me. I believe we can achieve so much more collectively than we can alone. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a talented group of photographers.
What is your favorite Sony camera of the moment?
Unquestionably, the A7R. It is so small and light that I can carry it in my hand all day without thinking about it. I enjoy sharing pictures using the camera’s WIFI too.
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