geologist  ·  musician  ·  photographer

Montara Beach, CA, Andrew D. Barron©1/26/09
My approach to photography began as documentary. Later, it became a meditation on beauty. My personality couldn”t make it too long as ‘pure artist’ and I got into technical aspects and older technology. These days I shoot when I can, usually inspired by a new place with interesting light. Starting with my adventures to Kentucky in the fall of 2007, I wrote blogs and posted photographs. For a few years (2009-2012), I thought of myself as ‘photographer’ and these were interesting times. They are chronicled at:

There is a lot to sift through, so maybe these few will give a flavor:
Why Ask Why? 12.22.2010
Black and White retrospect 01.15.2011
Double Shifts 12.13.2011
Bottomless 04.14.2012

I got a better digital camera. Then I learned manual photography, got a Leica, a Hasselblad, many old Polaroid cameras, and began to shoot a lot of film.

By 2012, I returned to GIS work in Reno. In the fall, I was tour touring again, playing electric bass. Eventually, I found myself camped out on a friend’s futon in Philadelphia, without a band, a plan or a way home. That is when I started a different blog; one that would help me sort out later what all had happened. This blog is comprised of square photos shot nearly exclusively with my phone.

Photography is dear to me, but it also was something I did to simply to pass time creatively. A Townes Van Zandt comes to mind:
“We’ve all got holes to fill.
Them holes are all that’s real.
Some fall on you like a storm, sometimes you dig your own.”

To Live Is To Fly

I could see that the further I got into old cameras and such, while interesting, it was not universal. I always struggle with too much time spent on the computer, and ironically, the film photograph took a lot more work. The results were definitely worth it, but I can’t really keep up with myself shooting that way. I would like to get back to my older style with just a good quality dedicated camera.
Maurine's Chair, Andrew D. Barron©12/05/09