We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick D’Andria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, why did you pursue a creative career?
It’s hard for me to say that I pursued an artistic or creative career seeing as It was never my intention when growing up… But when I realized what I could do with a camera, everything had changed. Being able to express my thoughts and ideas using photographs has opened up so many avenues in my life. What started as a simple hobby eventually blossomed into a full time love and appreciation for photography and art alike. I am more than appreciative that I’m able to make a living using art and technology. I believe that if you pursue a career in whatever field you have a passion for, you won’t “work” a day in your life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m always looking forward to the next project or the next photo I print. The thing I love most about photography is that images are constantly evolving, no two photos will ever really be similar – so when you nail the shot the first time, it’s a great feeling. I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know my camera and my surroundings. I wouldn’t say that it has been easy to get where I am today.. There have beeb a lot of trial and errors, failures I never thought I’d mentally overcome.. But that comes with the territory. Being a creative is all about battling the ups and downs, understanding criticism, and constantly working to improve your craft.
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.
Hmmm, this is a good question. I spend a lot of my time in the Little 5 Points neighborhood. There are a lot of cool shops and restaurants to check out. Shoutout to Little 5 Corner Tavern and Stratosphere skateshop! Now when It comes down to views I would have to include the classic Jackson Street Bridge view of Downtown Atlanta. It’s quite overplayed, but honestly it’s a great view so who cares. Piedmont park is also on the list, it’s a great spot to get an idea of how ecologically diverse Atlanta is – They don’t call it the city in the forest for nothing!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly I wanna give a huge shoutout to ALL of my friends and family who support me on a daily basis. I’ve come across a lot of influential people in my life but the ones who stand out the most to me are: Elena Best, Nic Marlow, Tom Baumgaertel, Gregg Bucell, & Bhargava Chiluveru. I have to thank the following photographers for creating images I constantly refer back to; Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Vivian Maier, Carrie Mae Weems, Todd Hido, Gregory Crewdson, and Jill Freedman.