“I’m not gonna say cheese, so leave me be.”
	- Andrew Kelly, October 26, 1985“I’m not gonna say cheese, so leave me be.”
- Andrew Kelly, October 26, 1985
 

It all started back in Jersey when I was still a young boy.  I hated having my picture taken. Let’s just go ahead and put it in the same category with eating vegetables and going to bed early. For the most part, I was a happy child, but stick a camera in front of my face and watch me transform into Brenda Walsh. I used a variety of tactics to get the camera away from me. As I grew older, and it became decreasingly socially acceptable to make a dopey face for the camera, I realized that a new approach was needed.

After several years photographing people, I have discovered that there are more people like me, that find great discomfort with a camera pointed in their direction, than those who actually relish it. I found that standing on the other side of the camera would keep me out of harms way, but then I realized it was more than that.  Nowadays I don’t stand behind the camera to hide, but rather to capture an image, a moment in time, that will last forever.

Thanks for looking.
ak

ak@andrewkellyphotography.com