Andrew Gillespie is a 25-year-old New Zealander living and working out of Melbourne, Australia. He’s been shooting for about 2 years and only seriously started pursuing photography in the last 8 or so months. You can see Andrew’s work shot across multiple formats; digital, 35mm and medium format film.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I’m not one to believe in fate or anything but it kinda felt like it. I had originally always wanted to shoot in the greenhouse in Wollongong but didn’t know anyone I could shoot there, and one day I was speaking to Brooke while she was on holiday in Melbourne hoping I could work with her before she went back home. When she told me she lived in Wollongong I knew I had to make a trip up there, so when my birthday came along I went a day earlier than my friends to Sydney so I could go shoot with her.
How did your shoot with Brooke go?
Absolutely fantastic, she’s a natural in front of the camera and has such a beautiful personality; she had me laughing all day! Couple that with the fact she did her own styling and makeup for the shoot, it was hard not to have a great day.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
The female body has always been in the spotlight for artist’s inspiration since art has been produced. I think a more powerful way to depict the female form would be to give them some agency, not simply see the body as just ‘art’ and realise there’s a person with thoughts, feelings and dreams behind the image.
What inspires you?
I always seem to answer this question differently because it’s constantly changing and I find much inspiration from daily life, but at the moment I’ve been really appreciating reflections and that beautiful dappled light making patterns on skin.
How would you define beauty?
I feel ‘beauty’ can refer to anything as it’s such a broad term, but how I would personally describe beauty is anything that positively effects your emotional state, whether that be a piece of writing, a photo or a person’s company; beauty can’t really be defined to one particular thing.
Film or digital?
Ahh – the ultimate struggle. I’m literally on the fence when I shoot so I use both but I think I appreciate work on film more, just simply because I know the extra work and care that goes into shooting and developing film.
What makes you happy?
It sounds funny but currently, Spotify’s shared playlists … I actually love music so much and there’s no better feeling than sharing a song with someone and watching them enjoy it as much as you.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a few shoots coming up that I’m excited for, but I’m also looking to do an abstract shoot of the body to showcase the lines, curves and tonal shades so stay tuned!