Local photographer Andy Gordon was recognized for his fine art photography at this year’s Art in Nature Photo Competition held at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Md. Gordon’s “Fall Maple Leaf” image was selected from nearly 1,000 images by 170 photographers and named Grand Champion for 2017.
Gordon, who lives near Bethany Beach, specializes in abstract and minimalist images ranging from tiny objects to landscapes. “’The Fall Maple Leaf’ image is one of my favorites, and I am grateful to the judges for recognizing my unique vision and celebration of nature’s beauty through the cycles of life,” Gordon says. “It’s an image where I purposely minimized distractions and allowed the subject to shine.”
In addition to receiving the Grand Champion award, Gordon placed first and second in the professional Black and White Category for “Sunset Sunflower “ and “Horseshoe Crab #3.” To create the winning “Fall Maple Leaf” image, Gordon used an advanced imaging technique that captures the subject at many different focal planes. “It’s like taking an MRI or CAT scan of the subject. It’s a painstaking process, but the results are so crisp that you can almost feel the texture of the leaf,” Gordon says.
Gordon comes to fine art photography following a successful career as a printing industry technologist and strategist. He received formal training at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at theRochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s of art degree in photojournalism and a masters of science in printing technology. Today, technology plays a key role in Gordon’s work, spanning complex camera techniques to beautifully printed and compelling images. “Viewing and enjoying art is an experience and the details matter,” Gordon says. “It’s the difference between an average image and a great one. The magic occurs when the viewer no longer concerns themselves with how the image is made and simply enjoys the results.”
Gordon launched Andy Gordon Photography in 2016. Four of his images were recognized at the 2016 Art in Nature Photo Competition, including first place in the professional black and white category for his “Three Acorns” image.
His work is available on his website, www.andygordon.photo, which also has a listing of local shops that carry his prints.