Andy Chamberlain has been working with photography from an early age: his father worked for a number of local newspapers and Andy, being surrounded by photographers, become intrigued by the process. One of his first photographic experiences, aged 11, was at the Royal Bath and West show when one of the photographers thrust a camera at him and told him not to come back until he’d taken a decent photo. Andy found it fascinating: a unique combination of mechanics, artistry, maths and chemistry.
During college he worked in the darkroom for Eric Purchase in Wells, producing many hundreds of black and white prints. He also was a press photographer for a few years, when he had his first solo exhibition at the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury and his first proper commission. This was to finish a set of images started by James Ravilious before his passing. This produced some fantastic images and started his photography in a completely different direction.
Andy now concentrates on architecture, but he also produces landscapes, mainly of Somerset and the British hills and mountains. Being a Wells native, his latest task is to document the architecture of Wells Cathedral, a project being undertaken with the full support of the Cathedral.