SAMUEL ANDREW GARCIA

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
Hi. My name is Samuel Andrew Garcia. I go by Andrew or Drew. I am an adventure-seeking photographer, a music-maker, and world-traveler. 

I have primarily met you as a musician. Did your interest in photography come into play in that duration or was this present prior to music?
Taking photos came after my love for playing guitar. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 15.  My good friend, Aimee, is a photographer and she put a camera in my hand four years ago. It wasn’t until a year ago that I started taking photos seriously and learning from incredible photographers like Michale Sturdevant. 

DOES YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TIE INTO YOUR LOVE OF MUSIC?
Music feeds my soul.  Sometimes when I need a break from music, I pick up the camera and switch from audio to visual creativity. When I photograph, I get to go out and explore the world around me, which also influences the music I make.

TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND IN MUSIC.
My Dad's side of the family plays all kinds of instruments. My great uncle was a touring musician, he played a twelve string guitar in a Tejano band. My Tio Bene plays guitar and saxophone. My younger cousins play piano, viola, and mandolin.  

I used to watch my cousin Bene Jr. play guitar in the living room. I would wait until he was done so I could mess around on the guitar. Once I got my own, we jammed together. In my early high school years, I played in a number of bands. When I moved to Austin, Texas I continued playing guitar with vocalists and on other projects. I am currently on tour playing guitar with a very talented, soulful singer named Dani W based out of Los Angeles.  

ARE YOU PRIMARILY A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OR ARE YOU GOING TO VENTURE INTO OTHER GENRES?
I like to take photos of everything. Landscape is what I am currently into because of how much I have been traveling. I have been very fortunate to travel around the world and I come across some incredible sites. I want to freeze time and capture what I see to remember the personal stories behind them.

Outside of landscape photography, I enjoy working with light to experiment with long exposure shots. I also enjoy taking live music photos. Being a musician, I understand that artists love to capture their performances and document great moments at live shows. I aim to spotlight the performer and bring out the best in them.

HERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
Inspiration comes in many ways, sometimes from traveling and exploring nature. Many times, the shots that feel greatest to take are the ones that require me to push my limits. I’m more than willing to go on an adventure to capture the moment. 

Recently, I discovered a trail on a cliff along the coastline of Oregon. The sign said there’s no way to get down to the beach, but I discovered a path with a rope and I climbed down the cliff to get a shot of the edge of the ocean. The stories behind the photos are just as exciting to me as the shot I imagined.  

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SEE WHEN THEY LOOK AT YOUR WORK?
I want people to feel motivated to do what they really want to do - I want people to know they can travel the world and do whatever it is that inspires them beyond what they thought was possible in their lives.

WHAT DO YOU ASPIRE TO DO WITH YOUR WORK?
I would love to own a gallery. It will be nice to have my art in a permanent space for anyone to view and purchase. How great would it be to walk into someone's home and see one of my photos decorating their living room, or to see my work appreciated in the community or a public space?