Andrew Terrill discovered Colorado’s beauty through his many “worldly wanderings”. And thankfully for us, Colorado is now his home. He shares his feelings with captured moments, through his impressive photography, now on display at Golden Library.
Having grown up outside suburban London, England, Andrew now recalls being cut off from the natural world. Most of his early life was spent in tidy neighborhoods and small well-managed pockets of nature. For as long as he can remember, he was drawn to the mountains and outdoors. Funny thing is, he says, is he “was strongly influenced by the biases of a culture that had not only cut itself off from the natural world but, presented it as a hostile and unforgiving adversary people had to fight to overcome.” Bears and wolves, oh my! He grew up with a certain amount of 'distrust' of the wild, brainwashed into believing it is a place humans simply don't belong.
Andrew discovered 'the wild' for himself at college. He chose the location, not just to study graphic design but, for its proximity to the English Pennine mountains, spending every spare moment exploring the dales and moors, hills and mountains.
After returning to suburban London, everything felt wrong. Andrew set out for a 6-month journey through the Alps, and there, everything changed. His life became freedom and adventure, uncluttered natural simplicity. He wandered the world from Italy to Norway, and Mexico to Alaska. That’s where he discovered Colorado’s natural beauty.
For Andrew, the raw natural experience always comes first so, a majority of his outings are taken without a camera. Photography can often get in the way of experiences sought.
When he is photographing, he aims to capture the moment and its evoked emotions. It’s about sharing and story-telling, something that he feels is part of human nature. When Andrew takes his camera he looks more closely, engaging with the landscape in a different way. It’s not just about pretty places. It’s meditating in nature... it’s about having all five senses aroused, emotions stirred, being fully alive, and mindful of the moment. Occasionally, he sets out with a specific photographic objective in mind, but sometimes he happens to get lucky; being ‘out there’ means being in the right place at the right time.
Andrew Terrill is a nature photographer, graphic artist, and writer, who works and lives with his young family in Golden, Colorado. He is passionate about nature and out-of-doors. His first book is in the editing stage – watch this space!
Andrew's art is on display 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Golden Library, February 18 - March 28, 2018