Darkslide Photography is owned and maintained by Photographer, Andy Simon, 35, from the West Midlands.
Since an early age, Andy has been fascinated with photography and how a single image can invoke such emotional responses. Setting up his own darkroom at the age of 13, he continued to explore film photography and in turn, digital photography. Always with a passion for landscape work and the world around him, you can often find him wandering around in a field with his camera looking for the perfect image.
After training as a nurse for several years, in 2008 he changed career and enrolled on a City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Photography course at Birmingham Metropolitan College, quickly regaining his focus for image capture and in 2008 established his own website and branding, Darkslide Photography to promote his work further. Andy has had work published in both local and national newspapers, Magazines and Websites, and has quickly established himself within the industry, thanks to his unique style of imagery, attention to detail as well as a deep passion for all things Photographic. Since then Andy has returned back to Birmingham Met college, and recently completed a full Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging and also received accreditation to the Royal Photographic Society.
Andy has always been a strong supporter of charities and in 2009 put his passion for photography to good use, establishing Pin-up for Heroes. A project to produce a Pin-up style calendar reminiscent of 1940’s paintings and art featured on aeroplanes of the era. The calendar was set up to raise funds for the Armed Forces charity, Help for Heroes, who aid with rehabilitation of injured troops. In the past 2 years the calendar has raised over£10,000 for the charity with the 2012 edition being launched in November of 2011
Passionate about breaking the norms of society on how people perceive beauty, Andy now specialises in Alternative and creative fashion work, as well as Pin-up and Burlesque photography, and has worked with many performers and models within the industry, as well as clothing and accessory suppliers, Makeup artists, and Hair Stylists.
Andy has been internationally published in magazines such Vogue. Milk cow Magazine, The field, Elite Magazine, as well as both local and nationally published newspapers such as the Daily and Sunday Mirror, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. Most recently he had a 5 page spread and cover feature in the Alternative fashion magazine, Gorgeous Freaks.
In 2010 Andy was awarded first prize in the National City and Guilds yearly photographic competition for one of his images in the level 3 category. A simple piece captured solely with a mobile phone camera showing the morning sun through a window, and stands true to his philosophy that the best camera to have is the one available at that time, be it a film camera, digital SLR, Polaroid or even a mobile phone, being able to capture that single moment before it is lost. In 2011 he also won a prize in the Photobox 24live competition, winning one of the sub catagories as well as coming in second place in the overall competition with over 7000 entries.