Darkslide Photography is owned and maintained by Photographer, Andy Simon, 38, from Walsall, West Midlands. He is happily married and has 2 children that he is training to be his minions to aid in his quest for world domination.
Since an early age, Andy has been fascinated with photography and how a single image can invoke such emotional responses. Setting up his own darkroomat 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.
In 2008 he enrolled on a City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Photography course at Birmingham Metropolitan College, quickly regaining his focus for image capture and set up his own website and branding, Darkslide Photography to promote his work further and 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.
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 classic pin up style calendar that was produced to raise funds for the Armed Forces charity, Help for Heroes. In the past 3 years the calendar has raised over £10,000 for the cause.
Passionate about breaking the norms of society on how people perceive beauty,
Andy now specialises in Alternative and creative fashion work, and has worked with many performers and models within the industry. He has recently started to work on large scale productions, utilising a strong team of models, designers, stylists and makeup artists to create intricately detailed images and art work, with a particular move towards more fantasy and fairy tale styles blending photography with digital artwork.
Andy has been internationally published in magazines such Vogue, Milk cow, Marie Claire, Photo Professional, Gorgeous freaks, as well as both local and nationally published newspapers such as the Daily and Sunday Mirror, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.
His skills and passion for his art have not gone unrewarded. In 2010 Andy was awarded first prize in the National City and Guilds annual photographic competition for one of his images which resulted in a week long exhibition with his work on display in the Morley Gallery in London. In 2011 he also won a prize in the Photobox 24live competition, winning one of the sub categories as well as coming in second place in the overall competition with over 7000 entries.
His philosophy has always been 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. Photography is not about what equipment you have, but the ability to being able to capture what you see in your mind and turning it into art.
Most recently he has started working in more digital manipulation and digital drawing and is now pursuing this further by going back into education to study graphic design as well as expanding into teaching photography to pass his skills on to others.
In the summer of 2015 he successfuly completed a HND Qualification in Graphic Design at Walsall College and is currently studying on the Level 6 Graphic Design course, due to be completed in summer 2016.