I've worked with this man for a littel over 1.5 years. He than became my boss. We also became friends. 3.5 years later, I snuck a camera into the friendship, shortly after my first professional camera. He probably wouldn't have agreed otherwise. He, Andrew, has also been a friend in whom I have confided a lot of creative ideas and personal struggles with. He has shared many moments of his life and where wants to go, or lack of missing the mark. As I've grown to know him more, all I have seen is a warriors heart. Loyalty, compassion and fierce passion flow from who this man is. He works his ass off and is also willing to take the risk in getting to know his own being. I believe that it is with that same intensity that he approaches all aspects of his life. We can all be really amazing or strive to become amazing at a thing (career, relationship, community, art, etc.) yet in the pursuit of all of this, connection to another human and life itself can easily be forgetten.
Respect for who Andrew is has only grown over the years. Seeing him go through low low's and rise up above the chaos, even if its self inflicted, brings such meaning to my own life. It has been an honor to connect and live a littel life with this dude. He is amazing and worth getting to know. Most people (i think) are worth getting to know. Don't we just wish we had all the time in the world to connect with everyone? I am sure there will be a time.
At the end of the day this is what I hope you take from this photo, be it getting caught up in the wrong life choices, not being able to stay true to yourself, digging to seek meaning in life through a career, status or some distraction pulling you away from life, never forget to connect with the world around you. Andrew has choosen this path and live to our higher calling and if you were to tell him that he would say "(loud laugh with a stomp of the foot)...wow, I appreciate that."