This was a photo trip but it’s so much more than photos. I mean yes, this whole opportunity came about because of photography. Something that I was introduced to back in college. To be honest I don’t know why I even signed up for the class. Maybe I was interested in photography but just didn’t realize it yet. But in all actually I probably thought it was an easy credit to pass the time because all I really cared about was playing basketball. Little did I know, that class would be far from easy.
Now photography is an obsession of mine. It’s part of who I am and I can’t remember the last time I left my house without my camera. I can’t even remember the last time I left my camera in my camera bag. Seriously. Even on the way to the London Heathrow Airport I again realized it was stupid to not have my camera ready, even if I am carrying luggage. I hardly made it through two tube stops before life was saying shoot, shoot, shoot!
I never know when life is going to pull me in such a way. I think that is the best part about it all. I went from thinking that photography has to be pre meditated to it being completely instinctual. I had not idea that was even possible. I have no idea that even lived inside of me. But it does, and oh is that feeling so alive. It’s the greatest feeling that I get over and over again. That feeling not only leads me photographically but it leads my life. That’s because now I realize everything I do is in sync and on one accord. All of this work that I’m doing is greater than me and part of my life’s purpose.
For me, photography is a buildup of everything I am. It’s a buildup of my past experiences, relationships, friendships, visions, and how I understand and interact with the would around me. This is why I say this was a photo trip but so much more than photos.
I’m not a photo, you’re not a photo…but instead we are all life. That understanding is the greatest of all. With that thinking I know that life is always new, and that makes the photographic exploration endless and limitless.
Instead of saying this is what a photo is, this is what a photo looks like… I’m looking out to the world and living to figure out what a photo can be. I’m interested in learning and knowing new life, and new life exist only in the unknown. I had to let go of everything that I thought I knew in order to know this life. I had to let go in order to believe this way of living.
This was a photo trip but so much more than photos.
This is another chapter in the books. Another month that I lived life fearlessly, another challenge that I overcame, another story that I’m able to share with you.
what an amazing time I had, traveling around Europe for almost a month soaking up life as it happens. one of the beautiful aspects of analog photography is that I’ll relive the entire experience when I’m back in Brooklyn processing my 115 rolls of film. now more than ever before I’m understanding that I have to follow that beat inside of my heart. that intuition that lead me into photography, that intuition lead me down random streets in Paris, and that same intuition that will to lead me to fulfill my calling in photography. Amazing things are happening and I’m so grateful for all your support in this journey. believe in who you and are what you do and the universe will conspire. #andretravelstoparis photo by @adam_rogers_
all of my cameras and film are with me at all times.. i can go w/o clothes but i would die w/o my camera
there’s an old saying.. “f8 and be there”
it’s been about 13 years since I’ve step foot inside of a barber shop. not that I have anything against them, just been cutting my own hair since I was a freshman in high school. I was trying to trim up my beard in Paris and my clippers pretty much blew out and started smoking. the voltage in France is way more powerful than the US. long story short, I ended up going to the “hood” of Paris (saint-denis) to photograph and to check out a barbershop. as soon as I got to the area I met an amazing brother by the name of Kenzo who showed me to one of the best barbers in the area. a haircut turned into a 3hr talk w/ the owner and the conversation was being translated by Kenzo because I don’t speak French. We talked about politics, culture, community, art, giving back, and the advancement of people. the conversation was definitely inspiring, but even greater than that was the universal language of love had me feeling like I was back at home in Brooklyn. do what you do with passion and the world will give back to you in ways that you could have never imagined! #andretravelstoparis
umm, you’re mostly right.. i hardly ever ask for permission to make a photograph. but it really just depends on the situation. for example, i’m currently shooting in Paris. I was in the metro and there was this father and daughter having a moment.. the joy was evident and with non verbal communication he gave me permission to photograph them. I took the typical smiling photo but I was after so much more than that and continued to shoot until i got my shot. i almost always just flow with the vibes that i’m feeling.. there is no “right approach”
i shoot with a 28mm prime lens so i use my feet and body to zoom. i think the 28mm lens is amazing because when i’m close you feel it.. when i’m further back you feel that as well. the 28mm give you a good look into my vantage point.
people getting angry about their photo being taken is just part of the territory. i’m very sensitive to it though and i’ve worked out ways with my shooting style to “try” and be non obtrusive.
something to keep in mind. with this type of photography you can’t expect people to understand what you’re doing, while you’re doing it. in reality it’s only you, your viewfinder, and the way that you see things. but if people don’t understand what you’re doing after your presentation i believe the art gets lost. and i’m not sure what good that does..