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APPAs: Travel portfolio big on diversity

West Hobart photographer Andrew McConachy is the AIPP’s 2019 Australian Travel Photographer of the Year, with a portfolio celebrating cultural diversity.

Pic by Andrew McConachy, 2019 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year.

Andrew is a part-timer, working as an engineer for a consulting firm when he’s not running his photography business.

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Pic by Andrew McConachy, 2019 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year.

‘I’ve been a professional photographer for seven years but my interest in photography began as a child when my parents gave me a plastic Diana Camera,’ Andrew said, adding his love of travel photography stems from meeting different people and experiencing their cultures while visiting other regions of the world.

Pic by Andrew McConachy, 2019 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year.

‘I also have a great love of architecture which feature strongly in all my images.

‘My image of a bike at the base of stairs (see above) was inspired by the great Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Hyères image taken in France in 1932.

‘The image is about the fleeting moment of the bike rider but also the incredibly beautiful architecture of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. I waited just over an hour before the bike came past in the perfect spot.

‘Another image is of Fanelli’s Café in SoHo, New York (pictured left), which during the prohibition period from 1920 to 1933, was used as a speakeasy.

‘The café building is one of the oldest in New York and has stood at this location amongst the cobblestone streets of SoHo since 1847.’

Andrew said he aims to show diversity and celebrate different cultures in his photographs.

‘Sending a message of acceptance and valuing each other’s differences is something that’s needed in the world right now,’ he said.

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