Phew! It's been a busy couple of weeks. But, good things are happening! I have been working on some incredibly cool new products, have several new photos to announce and have an upcoming show at the Bunker in Ybor City. The first place to see my new work will be at the opening of the show on October 19th at The Bunker - 1907 19th Street N Tampa, FL 33605. I'll be there from 1-3pm to show some of my newest pieces along with some favorites as part of my Coastal Florida landscape photography show! No worries if you can't make it though, Coastal Florida will go on display from October 12th - November 9th at the Bunker! Check out their website to see what they offer, when they're open and more. In anticipation of the Coastal Florida show, Laura Cone from the Tampa Tribune / TBO.com interviewed me and published an incredibly kind article featuring some of my work and also more information about me and the show! You can view the original article here. However, I went ahead and posted it below so you can check it out! Thanks to Laura and TBO.com for the awesome article!
Andrew Vernon, 26, said most of his landscape photography is captured within an hour of the Tampa Bay area, where the skies are typically friendly for his photographic art.
A fine art landscape photographer, his work will be on display as part of a one-man photographic exhibit, “Coastal Florida,” at The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City. The opening for the exhibit is Oct. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. His work will be on display through Nov. 9.
“Skies can absolutely make or break a landscape photograph,” he said. “So, time of day and the available skies are really important. The majority of my work is created during either the hour directly before or after sunset. This isn’t always the case though. Sometimes a midday shot is the best opportunity to capture the big thunderheads a Florida summer is known for.”
Vernon, who lives in Largo, manages the family’s portrait business, Vernon Photography. He said the majority of what he does for the family studio is high school senior portraits. They offer indoor studio portraits as well as outdoor sessions.
To get the best portrait shots, Vernon said the key is to be friendly, down to earth and funny.
“That’s all it takes,” he said. “Getting your photo taken can really create some nervousness for a lot of people. Put them at ease, and build trust by showing them how the photos look and they’ll become more comfortable as the shoot goes on.”
From the photographic art he has created, his favorite photographs include “Guardian,” which he shot just before sunset at Sand Key Park south of Clearwater.
“‘Show of Power’ was actually taken on a night I was scheduled to be doing a senior portrait session,” he said. “The lightning forced us to cancel the session about halfway through, so I walked them to the car, pulled out my landscape photography equipment and went running back towards the beach to catch the show.”
He took a photo of the Redington Long Pier at Redington Beach. His “Walk to Sunset Beach” was taken on Sunset Beach, which he describes as a beautiful beach hidden on the south end of Treasure Island.
“I love creating images of places local people recognize and enjoy visiting,” he said. “It’s an extra connection to the work that people love recognizing.”
Some of his favorite spots include Sand Key Park south of Clearwater Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach and Treasure Island. He also takes photographs of Anna Maria Island and areas near Naples Beach.
Tim Gibbons, of Seminole Heights, a Tampa-area art teacher who coordinates the art exhibits at The Bunker, said Vernon is a second-generation photographer. Gibbons said his talent and passion are evident in the “Coastal Florida” series.
“This exhibit focuses on the beauty of our beaches and coastal scenes within the greater Tampa Bay area,” Gibbons said. “His photos are stunning and dramatic, incorporating the serene colors and awful power of our stormy Florida coastal world.”
In addition to capturing the Florida coastline at its best, Vernon also goes on road trips or flies to different locations with stunning landscapes such as Anchorage, Alaska.
For details, visit his website at www.andrewvernonphotography.com.