My name is Andrew Michael Upchurch and I live in Yosemite National Park. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, I moved to Yosemite upon the completion of my Bachelor's degree at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
While living in Yosemite, I enjoy exploring the many corners of the vast landscape through hiking, backpacking, film photography, and especially rock climbing. I care deeply about our natural world and hope to inspire others to see the beauty in it, experience it, and to do what they can to conserve it. Our natural world is precious and essential.
I choose film as my primary medium for photography because I love its analog nature. The process of loading a roll of film into my father's old 35mm film camera, pressing the shutter release, and having to wait to see my photographs developed presents a constant test of patience that I always seem to learn from. Furthermore, film frequently surprises me with its results, compelling me to continue to improve and explore its endless possibilities. Thus, my interest in film parallels my fascination with the natural world as both of these passions are constantly developing and growing.
All photos shown in the "work" page have been captured using analog film. If you would like to purchase a print, please feel free to shoot me an email.
If you are curious to know more about what my life in Yosemite looks like, check out the video below!
photo courtesy of Trev Lee
film by Megan Eleanor Clark
photo courtesy of Dakota Snider