Pandemics, mental health crisis, inequality, the rise of the far right, war on the border of Europe, it's not surprising we all need a special place to go to. I asked people where their place of Sanctuary was and arranged to photograph them in it."
- Andy Spain
During the early months of the pandemic Andy did a course to shake up his photography practice of 30 years. Forced to re-consider why he was a photographer, what began to emerge was his continual search for a place of home and the comfort that the act of photography gave him. His project, Sanctuary, was born. He set out to find other people's places of Sanctuary, allowing him a privileged access to people and places.
Over the course of the last three years, Andy has photographed Wellington residents in their place of Sanctuary, where the space around the subject is as important as the portrait itself. During his ongoing project, Andy realised that his place of Sanctuary was out with his camera meeting these subjects and sharing a short moment about their life and story.
In 2020 the Alexander Turnbull Library collected Andy's 'Cuba Street Portraits' and 'Love is Understanding' series to preserve in the nation's archive. In 2021 he was shortlisted for the international Architectural Photography Awards and in 2022 he was presented the President's Award by the NZIA for his contribution to architectural photography. His work was shortlisted in the International Photography Awards in 2021 and 2022.
Andy is from the UK and moved to Aotearoa in 2015. He works as a photographer with an emphasis on architecture and portraiture.
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