Humankind’s impact on the natural environment is a recurring theme in my photography. I am fascinated with architecture, often industrial buildings, which have been long abandoned and largely dismissed by most as unappealing. I have an interest in how our landscape is altered and used and I find beauty in what remains. I see The Mill at Britannia Mine, to me the heart of the mine itself, as a beautiful structure frozen in time. Standing inside this giant machine that lies silent, perched on a hillside, it is not hard to imagine the intense production that once took place there. Three elements struck me during my first exploration inside The Mill: size, strength and age. I am captivated by the slow integration of this powerful construct into its organic environment. Bearing marks of the past, it continues to reveal beauty, taking on new shapes and forms with age, vandalism and decay. The Mill represents absolute fusion between the built and natural landscape.
Andrew Deiters was born and raised in Toronto. Andrew began taking pictures at the age of ten on family vacations in Europe. He discovered his passion for photography while attending Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Andrew graduated in 2001 with a BA major in Geography and minor in Fine Arts. He followed up his degree with film school and camera related work in the film industry in Vancouver.
Andrew is a traditionalist. He uses a wooden 4x5 Wisner field camera and still prints by hand through a labor intensive process in a wet darkroom. Currently, Andrew is represented by the Autumn Brook Gallery in Vancouver and is creating portfolios on brick factories of rural India and Masonic Lodges in British Columbia.