Interview with Andy Logan

Grand Turk at Sunrise - Andy Logan

Grand Turk at Sunrise

Location: Tony Myers’s House, Anfield
Date: Friday 12th May 2006
Written by Tony Myers FRPS

Andy Logan has been a member of the South Liverpool Photographic Society for two years, a member who attends the club on a very regular basis and enjoys most types of evenings from competition nights to presentations by specialist speakers like Denis Thorpe. He also enjoys evenings with a practical side to them.

Apart from holding down a demanding full-time job, Andy’s main passion is mountaineering which he has enjoyed for many years. It was about ten years ago while on an early mountain climb in the Alps that he tried to capture the sun rising over the mountain peaks on film. Unfortunately, the image didn’t really work out for him; the photograph he’d captured didn’t bear any resemblance to the image he’d seen. It was only after this disappointing result that he started to look at improving his photographic skills.

Alpine Sunrise - Andy Logan

Alpine Reflections – Andy Logan

Andy decided to enrol on a GCSE evening course in Monochrome Photography at St Helens College. He was fortunate enough to get on a good course with excellent tutors who soon pointed him in the right direction. About twelve months after he’d finished the mono course, he went back to do an advanced City and Guilds Photography course where he developed his colour printing skills. By now, Andy was getting the bug. He purchased a quality Nikon F80 SLR and went off to put all his new found skills into practice.

Faulhorn - Andy Logan

Faulhorn – Andy Logan

Andy has recently started to enter club competitions and is pleased to be competing alongside some of the best members in the club. He likes the idea of the one league system and is looking forward to the new season. Some of his favourite club nights are when lecturers present an unusual theme on photography, such as Andy Polakowsky and his concept of “ultra banality”. He also enjoys the occasional photo journalistic style presentation.

His favourite style of photography, however, would have to be mountaineering and aerial landscape work and he has been encouraged and inspired over the years by an American landscape photographer named Bradford Washburn. Washburn has specialised in photographing mountain scenes for many years and even images that he took some fifty years ago can still be compared with modern day mountain images. He is also an admirer of Elliot Erwitt who he recently met at an exhibition in Bradford.

Velodrome - Andy Logan

Velodrome – Andy Logan

Andy still gets a great buzz from his newly built darkroom although he also has a digital compact camera. His main preferences, however, are still with film and chemical processing; his favourite film being Agfa Scala for mono slide work and Fuji Velvia for his colour work. He would like to broaden his photographic experience with more studio still-life photography and is hoping to extend the existing loft darkroom in the future.

Andy regularly reads the Photography Monthly magazine and manages to get a look at the occasional RPS journal in order to keep up to date. He also has a wonderful taste in Belgian beers which he kindly produced during this pleasant evening working on Chat Lines.