Andessen Imagery had gone missing for the last 8 months. There were no new post and no update. What happened?
For the past many months, Andy of A.i had taken on a new initiative. By setting his camera aside for awhile (or a long while), he had taken another leap of faith to fulfill a vision. This vision appeared since last November when he went on a vacation to Krabi, Thailand. He was then a month away from turning 32. I think it is true to say that life begins at 30.
Given the opportunity to turn pro at the age of 30, Andy turned his interest in photography into a business. Taking his previous experience of product photography while he was freelancing as a designer, he started out with wedding photography with a partner before going independent and later moving into photographing what he calls ‘passion portraiture’. His style of photography is not widely accepted and is extremely difficult to shoot. Clients are few and far between. When many are looking at generated beauty, Andy captures the subject’s beauty as they are. He prefers authenticity. He looks at the nature of things. He likes to be given time to understand and then think about the subject of photography. Photography to him is a relationship.
For the majority of the year 2011, he spent much of his time finding and getting the puzzle pieces to fit into that picture (vision) he had. It was very tough. Yes, very tough. And I am glad perseverance paid off despite all the troubles and delays.
This project I have taken on is named Aonang Haven. It is a space in Aonang, Krabi, Thailand that provides cosy accommodation within a relaxing environment. Relax because Aonang Haven aims to provide guests with a sensory retreat and rejuvenation through simplicity and beauty. There are 4 rooms for rent, spaces for foot and body massage, a photo gallery and is also a place to enjoy tea (the last two are still under development).
The name in full reads Aonang Haven Rooms.Massage.Tea & Gallery. Massage services have began since the end of June, while works for the rooms went through a struggle. After many months, they were finally done and welcomed the first guests towards the end of November and early December. The rooms are available for booking on both Agoda.com and Booking.com. A recent photo shoot was done to replace the previous snapshots of the place and updated to both the sites.
Works at Aonang Haven will continue with the addition of photo gallery and tea in the coming months as well as the official website. There is progression in everything in nature. And just like the newly appointed innkeeper, the space and the person behind it will always be a work in progress.