Andy Anderson, Cavin Brothers and the Seamless Interplay between Photographer and Director of Photography
“Andy is able to see things that are worth shooting that a lot of people aren’t. We move really quickly but never compromise the integrity of the shot, and because we have worked together, we are able to be consistent between stills and motion. If you look between the stills and motion, there is a lot of overlap and that's kind of our secret sauce. It's a good example of a photographer and DP working in harmony. And then to be able to revisit this footage and give it a second life through the film was a good exercise in getting the most out of the assets you have.”
-Cavin Brothers, DP and Owner of Colorblind Media
For Andy Anderson, photography is not only a profession, it is also a tool to convey the beauty of the world around us. The natural world has always enamored Andy, and he has set out to capture as much of it as he can. From base camp at Mount Everest, to the expansive landscapes of his home state of Idaho, Andy sees every shoot as an adventure and an opportunity to capture the truth as he sees it, unfiltered and compelling.
We have shared Andy’s Argentinian Gaucho project before - a celebration of these national symbols and their way of life. The tradition of the Gaucho is rooted in creating harmony with nature and Andy and a small crew set out to capture this generational community and the bond between humans and nature. Andy, his DP Cavin Brothers and a producer were the only ones on location, to keep their footprint small while still capturing compelling visuals. Cavin and Andy are long-time collaborators and are able to set up shots on the fly, and move quickly between vignettes. Since this was not a commercial shoot with a shot list, Andy had to have an acute eye to see certain shots, set them up quickly and be consistent with the motion being shot.
As a way to get the most out of the assets, Cavin took the footage and compiled it into a short film. Narrated by the words from Martin Fierro’s “The Guacho”, the film is a journey back in time to where horsemen began - a tribute to the Gauchos and their eternal spirit of freedom. The film honors the art of photography and storytelling, and is a testament to the enduring allure of nature and how we as humans interact with it.