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Amsterdam Life

by Life Portraits Store
Brisbane AU
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The Artwork

The beautiful views of the Amsterdam city with it's pops of colour from the flowers and trees

The Artist

About Life Portraits
We capture priceless moments, we make great friendships with our clients, we love to have fun, we document families lives year after year, we create beautiful artwork for generations to come, we pride ourselves on delivering a 5 star service, we educate, we mentor.... and we can't wait to share our passion with you!

Business Partners' Andrew Jarvie & Emily Clarke have been in the industry for a combined 35+ years combining their skills in photography, journalism, media, branding, design and PR to establish the creative, professional and unstoppable LP team. We pride ourselves on capturing this beautiful world and it's people.

Why do you create?
ANDY: Art is my pressure valve, I create because I have so many ideas in my head at any one time that I have to find a way of expressing them and getting them out into the open. When I’m photographing for a client my work is structured around a brief and bounded by strict guidelines. When I work on my own pieces its much more about how I feel about a look, a surface, a location…. there is a marvellous addictive and magical tingle that goes all through your body when you see something then capture it in your camera and you know you have created something special.

EM: I create because I love to document visual journeys, capture life's moments and create a lasting moment in time.

How do you work?
ANDY: Often by feel. I might plan to go to a location at a certain time etc in the hope of capturing something special but often I can be there all day and barely take an image because something is not quite right. Other times I can be somewhere only for a few minutes but create numerous beautiful pieces because everything has just been right. You can’t force art to work, you have to be in the right mind space and just let your instincts guide you in the creation process

EM: I work everywhere that I am. I take my camera with me on adventures, travelling, exploring as well as capturing the moments of my clients and others. I am inspired by the moments in front of me and create vibrant, emotional, story telling imagery.

Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how?
ANDY: It changes constantly through experimentation and inspiration. For me my art is about always keeping an open mind and constantly exploring new and interesting techniques and stories.

EM: My creative process is always evolving and changing. My style stays similar but I explore new ways of capturing moments, editing and lighting my images.

Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist?
ANDY & EM: Yes 24 hours a day

Besides creating, where else do you spend your time?
ANDY: Being with my son and watching him discover the world through his eyes.

EM: Exploring the world, capturing my life journeys, documenting my life through imagery, travelling and looking after my heath and fitness. I share many similar loves with my partner Corey and we explore together.

What inspires you?
ANDY: Inspiration comes from everywhere from watching my son as he discovers new things to idylling away hours people watching at a cafe or studying the work of great artists at galleries or simply watching the cloud formations dance across a windy sky…. inspiration is all around us if we keep our eye, heart and mind open.

EM: The world around me inspires me.... Colour, light, angles, faces, reflections, composition and subjects.

What is the first piece of art you remember creating?
ANDY: Beyond drawings when I was a kid, I got my first camera at the age of 15 and I took a photograph on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland at sunset with the last orange rays of the sun cutting down the glen and illuminating a streak of gold across the water. I took the picture as a water skier cut across that golden stretch of water and set it spraying into the air. I loved that image and from that moment on I knew photography would be a constant and major part of my life.

EM: I remember having a wonderful art teacher in year 11/12 who inspired me to further my interest in photograph and digital art. I created a series of images that were layered, almost double exposure style images, that had inner meaning. These were a depiction of emotions through imagery. This was the start of my passion...

What does the term art mean to you?
ANDY: Art - I can’t think of any other word that is so small but has such an expansive meaning. For me art is a method for me to express and communicate emotions and stories which I find hard to put into words

EM: Art to me is a term that describes an artistic creative piece of work. It is different to all people, but I believe photography is a form of art by expressing your thoughts and ideas through the image.

Name three artists that you respect?
ANDY: Benjamin Von Wong, John Constable and Henri Cartier-Bresson

EM: JinkyArt, Kirsty Mitchell Photography (Wonderland), my Cousin Colleen who inspired me from a young age with her artistic talents.

What is your favourite piece of artwork?
ANDY: I don’t think I could state a single piece as it changes depending on my mood among my favourites would be the poem The Horses by Edwin Muir, The Hay Wain by Constable and Starry Night by Van Gogh

EM: I can't say I have a favourite, however the series of work from Kirsty Mitchell in Wonderland was something beautiful!

What is your dream project?
ANDY: I would love photograph icebergs shearing off and breaking and capture either The Arctic or The Antarctic in all their glory.

EM: Travelling the world as a travel photographer capturing the life of a traveller and the amazing experiences you can witness, enjoy and have.
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