ANDREA ANSWERS THE FIVE W's
Who are you?
I'm Andrea, taker of photographs, teller of stories, dancer of dances, lover of living and many, many other things.
What do you believe with all of your heart?
That God is the great creator; that grace is for everyone. That we are all storytellers. And that life would surely stink without the following: Polaroid cameras, modern dance, bicycles with baskets, old-school photo booths, lengthy road trips, underground hip hop, vintage everything, lemon sugar anything.
When did you know that this was your path?
When I couldn't put my camera down. When I began to experiment with as many different cameras as I could get my hands on—35mm film, medium format, Polaroid. When it turned from part-time experiment to full-fledged exploration.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Italy, where the alleyways are filled with hanging laundry and the color there is so good you can almost taste it.
Why do you love your life?
Because it's a magnificent, messy thing, filled with people I love (who miraculously love me back). It's wildly unpredictable and almost always, complicated but this is what it means to be alive. And I am thankful to be alive.
How do you do everything you do?
AWith the knowledge that I can't do everything, be everything. That balance is key.