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Although I was raised in the Russian Orthodox tradition (and was an “altar boy” into my early teens), somehow – inexplicably - I have never before seriously trained my camera’s “eye” onto the rich aesthetic forms I had so long admired and that adorn most Russian Orthodox churches. Until, that is, one fateful spring day a few years ago when I chanced upon a beautiful Orthodox church not far from where I live in northern Virginia (St Nicholas Cathedral,Wash DC).
Its ornate but soulful interior gently reminded me of my own spiritual roots, and of my need to revisit and replenish them. And so began a quiet journey over the next few months that took me to several Orthodox Churches in the DC area, and the one closest to my heart, in my hometown on Long Island, NY (Our Lady of Kazan, in Sea Cliff). Somewhere along the way I also rediscovered myself.
This book consists of 50 duotoned black and white images of Russian Orthodox Church interiors (mostly in the Washington DC, northern Virginia area; and a few from Sea Cliff, NY).
A Ph.D. physicist specializing in modeling complex adaptive systems by day, Andy is a published photographer who spends most of his free time with a camera. A founding member of Lorton Arts Foundation's Workhouse Photographic Society in 2009 (near Occoquan, VA), his photographs have won numerous awards, have been exhibited in many juried solo and group shows, hang in galleries, businesses, and private homes, and have appeared in numerous publications. Featured in Lenswork four times, spotlighted in B&W magazine twice, multiple-time finalist in the prestigious B&W Spider Awards, and published on many on-line magazines and blogs (including Luminous Landscape and Shadow & Light magazine), Andy has also been featured in Stone Voices magazine and won the international book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007. His blog (started in 2004) has been named one of the top 100 photography blogs by Photography Colleges