Name: Andy J. Scott
From: Lived all over, now in Los Angeles
Influences: Jonathan Mannion, Richard Avedon, Hedi Slimane
What prompted your start for your career path?
I went to college for video/film, and moved to Atlanta soon after. Being in a new city without the people or resources to do my own video work, I turned to still photography since it was cheaper and you didn’t need a whole crew. Fell in love and have been pursuing it ever since. Now that I’m in Los Angeles, I’m building the connections and getting the resources to do video work again, and now I’m working to combine the two.
Who first recognized your talents and what it meant to you?
My buddy JonPaul Douglass was encouraging when I was first starting out, and it definitely helped to hear from somebody who was really making a living in the field. The first few rappers and musicians that trusted me to make their portraits also gave me a boost.
First problem you have come across?
Getting my name out to magazines, photo editors and the like has been tough. Too much emailing and not enough shooting.
As an up and coming what was it that you seen that you needed to improve on?
In photography as a whole, some of the overly stylized photography nowadays is cheesy, but I just try to do my own thing and focus on my own work. As for my own work, I’m constantly trying to improve my vision and strip away the unnecessary to refine what I’m trying to say in my photos.
How will you make an impact given a chance?
I hope to create lasting images of interesting people from all walks of life. I hope to document the creative movement that is happening in Los Angeles with images that will stand the test of time.
Why should people take notice in your work?
I document interesting subjects in a straightforward, classic style.