Interview with Andrew Wilkinson
Question 1: What is your name?
Andrew Wilkinson: “Andrew Wilkinson.”
Question 2: Where are you located?
Andrew Wilkinson: “I’m currently in Prescott, Arizona. A smaller town about two hours north of Phoenix. I’ve been here for the better part of the past decade by way of Boise, Idaho.”
Question 3: What helps you stay focused during your shoots?
Andrew Wilkinson: “That’s a good question. More often than not, I’m taking photos during my daily errands/commute. I bring at least one camera with me everywhere. On the off chance that I’m able to take some designating time for shooting I’d say the focus comes from forced patience to really orient to the environment. Making an effort to sit with the scenes I wanna shoot before actually pushing down the shutter when the subject permits it. Leaving the phone behind helps too.”
Question 4: Why does photography stand out to you?
Andrew Wilkinson: “At the risk of sounding cliche ; photography is an amazing tool. I see it as a versatile medium that can be used for countless motives. From documenting the otherwise overlooked, or provoking emotion, it’s all very important and useful. “
Question 5: What's the weirdest experience that you encountered? (while out shooting)
Andrew Wilkinson: “That’s a tough one, I shoot pretty underwhelming or quiet subjects so I really don’t encounter many weird experiences. There’s the occasional angry/paranoid business owner that wants to give me some legal jargon about what I can or cannot photograph but that’s about it, the confrontation is easily diffused once I explain my purpose and get to know the person. Though, there’s a gated and abandoned house here in Prescott with a murder story behind it that I’ve been planning to shoot. Hoping to encounter some weird stuff there if I ever get around to it. When I work up the confidence.”
Question 6: What is your definition of passion?
Andrew Wilkinson: “Healthy obsession and/or drive for personal purpose. Passion should feel uncontrollable at times. I know I’m passionate about something when it keeps me up at night, I want to immerse myself in it, and it rarely gets monotonous or feels task oriented. Passion keeps me curious and teachable.”