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Art & Life with Andy Chen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andy Chen.

Andy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m an amateur photographer. I’m from Long Island, New York and moved here to Boston last year for school. I’m first and foremost and optometry student where I love interacting with patients and getting them to see the best that they can. I spend about 90% of my waking hours studying, learning, or practicing clinical skills to become the best eye doctor I can be. The other 10% is spent digesting photography tutorials, shopping for gear, and trying to get inspired for my next best photo.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I take photos of my life. Plain and simple. I try and document places I’ve gone with my close friends and also share a bit of my life experiences. I don’t think I’ll ever create an award-winning image or have my work hung up in a museum. I take photos for myself and I am absolutely willing to bring others along for the ride. It’s very rare that I have a message embodied in my work. But as I get better and my artistic style evolves, I do see myself trying to inject a bit of emotion in my images. Even today, I’m still experimenting with color tones and new compositions to fine tune my work.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the biggest challenge artists have is finding a niche that has yet to be explored and to be recognized for it. In today’s world where everyone is connected with the internet, I think it’s extremely hard to come up with an idea that just hasn’t been done before. Although it’s definitely hard to find something unique, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to follow in other people’s footsteps. Draw inspiration. Build off of it. Take that image that no one has seen before and share it with the world. Soon you will be the one aspiring artist will look to in order to create.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
All of my work is found on my personal blog andychenphotography.com. There you can have a closer glimpse into my life and what I do on a weekly basis. If you want to support my work, anything as simple as sharing, my site will do wonders for me. I am constantly on the hunt to collaborate with companies, models and other photographers. I also have a link to an Amazon Wishlist that has everything from lenses to light reflectors that I would love to use in order to elevate my art. There is also a blog post “Let’s Take Stock” where I discuss donations and how I keep my blog up and running.

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Image Credit:
Jill Berger
Brian Cheung
Airi Ando
Kristi Fung

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