Andrew Carroll, Photographic Artist, participates in Belmont Cragin project for Comed

Andrew Carroll has a special role in the Gallery as he is the talent behind many of the photographs displayed in the Gallery shows, the Gift Shop and on the various Community events that the Gallery has participated in the past. Andrew began his interest in photography many years ago and he finds his favorite subject matter to be landscapes. He also has learned basic Photoshop skills as part of the Art As A Business program at the Merchant Street Art Gallery. Earlier this spring we created Andrew’s Store page where you can see other photography he has for sale. Visit his store here.

Andrew is currently participating in our Comed Project of the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in Chicago. Comed has worked with the Gallery in the past and continues to support our efforts to give our Artists with Autism an opportunity to create a small business with their Art. This project centers around creating five paintings based on the culture, people, and history of this neighborhood.

Andrew at the Navy Pier in Chicago

Andrew at the Navy Pier in Chicago

We began with a very small group of volunteer artists for the project the end of June and in the process of researching the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, we decided to photograph areas which could be used to create concept drawings. These drawings were made for the approval of the project coordinator by August 1st. Patty Bradley is a project volunteer and along with Bob Bradley and Andrew Carroll they travelled to the neighborhood in early July to photograph specific buildings.

Bob Bradley and Andrew Carroll photographing in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in Chicago.

Bob Bradley and Andrew Carroll photographing in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in Chicago.

Andrew requested to also stop in Chicago and photograph skyscrapers and Lake Michigan so we took the opportunity to do so. Andrew is an avid photographer and his resulting images are amazing. One observation is his ability to study the subject matter and then find the focal point of the image that he finds most satisfying. We studied waves along the Navy Piers for a long time to find the right one for the sunset on the city below.

photo by Andrew Carroll

photo by Andrew Carroll

Navy Pier with Chicago in the background. Photo by Andrew Carroll

Navy Pier with Chicago in the background. Photo by Andrew Carroll

Andrew has an Artist page in the website where you can find more information about his work. Click here.

Andrew Carroll finding his next skyline at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Andrew Carroll finding his next skyline at Navy Pier in Chicago.

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