A Window into Andrew Zuckerman's Creative Mind
Andrew Zuckerman recently sat down with Graphis for an incredibly in-depth interview about his inspiration, process, and the creative future (he doesn’t worry about the future). If you want a window to the inner workings of the artistic mind, this interview has it all.
Best known for his incredibly vivid and detailed imagery of animals, Andrew describes how he’s able to make images like this happen: “I think your work is an extension of your own spirit, and if you naturally connect with the world around you and are curious and have a desire to meet others on an emotional common ground, that’s going to come through,” Andrew tells Graphis. He doesn’t draw a distinction between photographing animal subjects and human subjects, everyone is unpredictable, so he approaches each project with creative openness, shirking expectations. Instead of planning for a series of potential outcomes, he stays in the moment, remaining agile for whatever appears on the day.
Andrew’s process is about being an observer of the world and keeping his eyes on what’s in front of him. If you stay aware, art will find you. “Inspiration is absolutely everywhere,” he says. “I don’t seek it. I think if you’re living in the world and you’re curious, you’ll find inspiration in unexpected places.” He finds incredible details in everything that he photographs, and then isolates them so that we are drawn in to see exactly what he sees. As Bjarke Ingels explains in his forward to the Graphis interview, Andrew’s work can inspire us all to look closer.
“Andrew Zuckerman is a present-day Renaissance person,” Ingels says. “I had truly never seen an elephant until I saw it on Andrew’s wall (and now mine). Just as his work happens at the intersection between art and technology, his home and studio are like curated encounters with birds’ nests, space gloves, from different ages all fusing together in an obvious yet unpredictable coherence… I always leave excited about the world and what’s in it.”
Ultimately every artist is creating a career that will span far into the future. It’s an important consideration whenever an artist is making work, but Andrew doesn’t want to be weighed down by the future. He can’t let that be a magnet that pulls him off balance. “I find that thinking about the future makes me really unproductive, so I try to stay in the moment,” Andrew explains. After all, photography is a medium that is about capturing moments as they happen, and the only way to capture them is to experience them in real time.