If you’ve ever looked close enough at a leaf or a log, you might have noticed the tiny extremities which Andy Sands now photographs in his spare time. These ‘Slime Moulds’, the informal name given to several kinds of fungi-like organisms, are the focus of Andy’s recent photography and have been featured in the BBC Science and Focus magazine.
Andy also owns and runs Chiswick Camera Centre he has had thousands of his wildlife pictures published, won competitions and received recognition at the highest level as a photographer of British wildlife. He has always had a life-long interest in natural history and wildlife from a young age, and he juggles running his camera shop with his passion for photographing the natural world.
Images above: Andy Sands in the wild, Andy’s shop – Chiswick Camera Centre
Initially Andy was not interested in working in retail or photography, but it was something he was almost forced into after leaving school.
“I came home in 1987 on the last day of school and my mum told I had to start paying rent, so I had to get a job. I went to a job centre, and there was a job at a camera shop in Watford where I lived. So I went along, got an interview and started on the Monday. I had no intention of ever working in retail and no interest in photography. I’m not quite sure what happened because that was 30 years ago and I’m still working in a camera shop.”
Andy learned his photography skills from colleagues in his first job, which he then combined with his love for wildlife.