Do you like looking at pictures? Me too.

A photo geek in his natural habitat

Hey everybody! I’m Andy.

I have been fascinated with pictures all my life. It started with comic strips and storybooks. My mother was a prolific amateur photographer; her family photo albums were legendary. Like every kid in the 1980s, television and movies captivated my attention. Eventually, I found painting and photography, and I never looked back. I’ve been studying visual media for most of my life. I’m fascinated with imagemaking and deeply inspired by the people who practice it.

Years ago, I published a blog called FlakPhoto. That was before Instagram devoured the scene and ate my blogging habit. I love social media, but I decided to get back to basics and start writing again. I’m still on social as much as I ever was, but rebooting FlakPhoto was a creative shot in the arm, and it refocused my efforts.

You can hear more about what I do with photography here:

FlakPhoto Digest is where I share community news, recommend books, and showcase the artists I admire. I’m having fun, and I hope you’ll join me.

I mostly write about what’s on my mind—like this piece about photography and attention or this rant about how Instagram is bad for artists. I show photographers. Sometimes, I publish guest essays and curated mixes. Occasionally, I experiment with audio. It’s a mixed bag and very much improvised.

I don’t paywall anything, but someday, I may offer benefits for paying subscribers. Of course, I appreciate it when readers provide financial support. Today, nearly 400 paid subscribers make this project possible.

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Hi! I’m a curator and writer in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Among other things, I run FlakPhoto Projects, a community hub focused on conversations about photography and visual culture. 📸