In my work, I focus on the compositions that unfold in the quotidian details that surround me. I look to my friends, and the different environments that we inhabit, that will change over time but that we take for granted. As my friends, the landscape, and I aged—and outgrew the shells from our teenage years—I shifted the focus of my lens to create a world of reverie based in reality that is tangible. As joyous as the photographs may feel they are certainly not the way that they appear. I work away from photographing the trying times of life that are filled with hardships and shroud them with the beauty found during these times instead. In doing this I am able to rewrite the narrative of my life and those around me. I create photographs that can be taken in as they are and for the beauty within the frame.
Andrew Gowen is a Manhattan-based photographer from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He uses the medium of photography to curate a palpable world made of portraits and environments that surrounds the landscape he lives in. He is currently going into his senior year at Parsons School of Design in New York.
Artist’s website: www.andrew-gowen.com