Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes – Andrew Shoemaker

Andrew Shoemaker, Nebraska-born but currently residing on the Californian coast, wants to travel the world and capture its beauty through his viewfinder. For now he has started closer to home. His seascapes, showing a bright, vivacious world of Californian beaches and Hawaiian paradises, have already gathered a large number of fans. Originally an automotive technician, he's branched out into photography professionally and hopes that one day he will be able to exhibit his work in galleries. The 31 year old enjoys the great outdoors, is very active and enjoys hiking, fishing and exercising. To find out what inspired Andy to get his first DSLR and enjoy his stunning work, we recommend reading his interview below. This is a theme not to be missed out on!

Introducing Andrew Shoemaker

Andy was nice enough to speak to us about his love of landscape photography and his ambitious goals for the future, in a short interview:

How did you get into photography?

I've always liked landscape and nature photography for as long as I can remember, and the most inspirational place for me as a kid was the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We used to take family trips there, but it wasn't until I bought my own point and shoot digital camera and went hiking in the wilderness that I discovered I enjoyed photography immensely. I eventually moved to Colorado and would go on off road adventures and post all of my photos on online forums. Eventually it became more about the photography than the trail. I took another trip a few years ago to the Hawaiian island of Kauai with a new point and shoot camera and I was blown away by the natural beauty of the island. The photos I took there were very good, but it was then that I decided I wanted to pursue photography a little more and I bought a DSLR. I'll admit, I didn't know very much about cameras until I bought a DSLR, but it sure has changed my life! A few camera bodies later and a lot of glass and here we are.

What inspires you when you take photos? What are your favorite subjects?

Just to be able to share the beauty of the world with everyone and to create art from nature and reality. I like landscape/nature photography the most because it can take you away to another place and alter your mood or perception. It's not always about capturing an "image" but capturing a mood or a feeling and then expressing that through an image. It also keeps me wanting to travel to new places, explore new things and keep getting better and better. Most of my recent work is around the ocean here in California. The beauty of the coast here just never gets old and being from the middle of the country, I appreciate it even more.

What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?

I currently use a Canon 5D Mark II and have all Canon glass. I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS6 for post processing.

Do you have any photographers and artists that you look up to?

Yes, I do: Ansel Adams, Aaron Feinberg, Drew Hopper, Guy Tal, Ian Plant, Marc Adamus, Peter Lik, and Clark Little.

What's the thing/place you would most like to photograph, but you haven't had the chance to yet?

Right now, I really want to go photograph the Big Sur area of California. There's so much of the world I haven't seen, but I'd love to photograph Italy, Greece, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, France, Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand in no particular order. I never get tired of Hawaii either as it is truly paradise! I figure that tour would be a good start.

Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?

I really can't say I have a "favorite" and I'm usually the proudest of my most recent image, but right now an image called "Planet Cali" is probably my personal favorite.

What's your plan with photography from here on out?

To conquer the planet Earth! I would like to travel the world in search of the most beautiful landscapes and seascapes. I also find the different cultures and people of the world very fascinating. As for now, I will continue to explore California and the United States and hopefully get an opportunity to one day open a gallery with my work. I will always enjoy photography, however it may evolve throughout my lifetime and the path it leads me down.

Enjoy Andy's Work Through a Windows Theme - Download Links

Andy has chosen to include some of his stunning seascapes in his theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The Windows 7 theme can be downloaded from here. The Windows 8 theme can be downloaded from here.

COPYRIGHT: Andrew Shoemaker. If you plan to use the pictures included in these themes for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.

Follow Andrew Shoemaker & His work

If you loved Andy's work as much as we did and would like to explore his amazing portfolio further you can visit his official website - Andrew Shoemaker Photography or follow him on Facebook - Andrew Shoemaker Photography or deviantART - Andrew Shoemaker.

We would like to thank Andy for sharing his work with us and our readers and wish him all the best in his plans for the future!