My Creative Journey
A life in photography
Behind the Lens
Welcome, and thanks for stopping by. I'm Andrew Adams, A Canadian Photographer with a passion for South Asian Culture, Travel, and Art. This is my Creative Journey.
When I was only 16 years old I went on a road trip to California and picked up a camera for the first time. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of Travel, creativity, possibility, and freedom. Perhaps it was something about being in a new place, The natural beauty of California, combined with the openness and free spirited people. I was deeply inspired. The creative seeds were planted...
I went on to study Photography full time in Toronto. Upon completing my studies, I apprenticed with a commercial photographer in Toronto. But I was feeling the urge for more, I packed my bags and travelled to Miami Beach, where I started shooting Fashion. I was very inspired by the creative energy there, Gianni Versace made it chic again, the era of the Supermodel, and my biggest inspiration of all time, Photographer Herb Ritts, who‘s Iconic black and white images of Celebrities and the Male Physique launched the new era of the Male model.
Intro to South Asian Culture
After two years I returned to Toronto and started shooting weddings and events on weekends to help make ends meet. As Toronto is a very diverse city, I was shooting a lot of Multi-cultural weddings. We have a huge South Asian Diaspora here and I found the Indian weddings to be my favourite as they were so unique, colourful, and full of beautiful customs. This led me to Shoot a wedding in India in 2007.
Inspired by India
"Once you have felt the dust of India, you will never be free of it."
Well I was hooked…The aroma of Street foods, endless historical sights, Natural beauty, Vibrant Cities, Cultural, and religious events, not to mention the beautiful, and diverse people. India is kaleidoscope of endless possibilities for a photographer...
However, after a few years of shooting weddings all over India in incredible Palaces, and beautiful venues I was starting to feel the need to challenge myself more creatively.
Men of India
One day on a walk I saw this young fit guy washing up with a friend in the Ganges River. I clicked a few pics of him from afar and he turned and smiled shyly. The next morning he took me to his Akhara (A traditional Indian wrestling pit)
We captured some amazing photos.
I found my creative flow again and this shoot inspired me to start the Men of India Project. Traveling all over India, and Sri Lanka capturing the essence of the South Asian Male.
Collaborating with Models, Make-up artists and stylists I started Men of India Magazine. On online magazine promoting Indian Men in fitness, fashion , and talent. Specifically giving a platform to often overlooked darker complexion male.
The Need to Wander.
My Passion for Travel continues and so does
my drive to creative new and stunning images. if your interested to purchase a Fine Art Print you can check out the Print Shop.
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