We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Dixon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I didn’t anticipate falling in love and pursuing something creative like photography. If I’m being honest I think it found me at a time something that my life revolved around had been suddenly taken from me. I raced motocross for all of my childhood. I was fortunate to have a consistent career within motocross and I was always improving with little to no setbacks. I was injury-free for twelve years in the sport; until one day I ended up finding myself facedown on the side of the track coughing up blood, thirsting for a clean breath and paralyzed with fear. I was off the bike for about a year and all I wanted to do was get back into the only thing I had ever known and loved in my life. To cope with the absence of racing my father bought me a camera which allowed me to continue my involvement within the racing community while also finding another outlet for my mind. Quickly I fell in love with photography. I loved the technical side of shutter speeds, aperture, and ISO; which allowed me to find my vision of how I wanted to express myself through my lens. The hobby became a passion, and then the passion grew into something that I wanted to pursue as a career. I enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design in the winter of my Senior year of high school. There I learned to fall in love with the theories of design; while also finding a new technical aspect of photography which was lighting. I found that I could merge my love for design and translate that into highlighting things that I found beautiful by sculpting light around them. My work aims to highlight the things and places that I think are beautiful in my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art has taken many different turns and styles through the years, but I think it was all means to an end. The work I’m creating now would not exist without all those years of searching for different styles and techniques. Currently my work lives within a highly stylized area of tech/product photography. I do not typically see many artists creating work that looks like my own, but I do not necessarily think that is a bad thing. Most photographers I know are so dead set on shooting portraiture or fashion which I have fun doing, but I do not think I have fully grasped it enough to shoot it professionally. I think for other product photographers the goal of their work is to sell the item, and while I still want to do that I also try to portray that item in the most beautiful way I possibly can. I love shooting things that are made with care and intention. The design and artfulness of the item is almost just as important for me as the whole process of shooting itself. Currently I am most proud of the recent move I made to Brooklyn, NY. I graduated from college this past May and within a month of graduation I got myself to the point where I am fully moved in and actively pursuing my career. I don’t necessarily think it has been the easiest thing; I have yet to have landed a paying gig, but I think the act of networking and finding those opportunities is what has been exciting me the most about this journey.
My entire life my father has told me “Get really good at one thing and you’ll have a job for the rest of your life”. I think as a child I did not know what that meant, but as I have grown as a man I’m starting to realize how much that rings true. I think I have gotten really good at what I do, so now it’s time to buckle down, get a job, and life the life that I am building for myself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Honestly, I am not the best person for this question currently. I have never been to New York City before this move, but I can say from my little time here if you love Chinese food Vanessa’s Dumplings in China Town has the best food you’ll ever eat. I have also fallen in love with the architecture of the city. Go visit the Oculus at the World Trade Center, Little Island on the river, and if you’re looking for some shops and drinks the Meatpacking District has some amazing bars and stores!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly, I can’t begin thanking anyone without talking about my parents. Both of my parents have been such a support system for me and this weird career path I’m pursuing. They have been nothing but supportive and helpful on this journey of mine and they are still helping me to this day. My girlfriend Meghan has also been there from the start. She’s been there since I was that young guy meandering around the race track with a camera. She has supported the evolution of myself as a person and my work and I know she’ll always have my back.
And lastly, I can’t forget to thank my three mentors Tristan Afre, Josh McElwee, and Jeremy Pavia. Together they have all helped me grow as an artist. They’ve pushed me out of my comfort zone and pushed my work to the point where it isn’t just a cheap emulation of their own; which I think is the most important thing they could’ve taught me.