Award-winning photographer Andrea Hamilton has a camera for a microphone. It’s through her photographs that she’s able to communicate poetic notions and question subjects like climate change and personal identity.
When she’s not conveying her own poetry through her photographs and capturing moments in time, you’ll find Andrea everywhere – from the dance floor of a Scottish castle, to a yoga retreat in South Africa or maybe even jumping off a plane. Andrea is traveling the world and not only capturing life, she’s seizing it.
Locations: London, U.K. & Vero Beach, FL
It’s been said that a photograph is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world. If that’s the case, then for award-winning photographer Andrea Hamilton, who has lived and traveled all over the world her entire life, it’s certainly her mother tongue.
Born in Peru, Andrea spent her early years in the vibrant Latin American culture before moving to Minneapolis in her teens. Though spending much of her youth in a dark room, studying photography and even earning a scholarship from the Italian consulate, it was a law degree that she decided to pursue. After graduating from Oxford and earning a Masters of Law from New York University, Andrea began her career as an Equity Analyst in Latin American Mining. While reconnecting with her Latin American roots, Andrea also rediscovered her love for photography, studied and developed her skills in studio and digital techniques.
While Andrea decided to leave the world of investment banking to focus on her growing family, it was her mother’s premature death that convinced her to focus on her career as an artist. Her work encompasses several photographic genres including portraiture, street photography and landscape, while questioning subjects as varied as climate change, identity or place. For Andrea, taking photographs is her form of poetry, a sort of language that comes from within – and nothing brings her greater joy than when her dialogue moves people.
It’s no surprise that for Dilys Williams, founder and director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at the London College of Fashion, connecting with nature while disconnecting from technology is what she enjoys most after a busy week. Though the threat of global warming is one she’s not afraid of battling head-on on a daily basis, you may be surprised what other fears she’s personally faced.
Founder & Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion
Location: London, U.K.
Fashion has often been described as a zeitgeist of our times, a reflection of what is current and relevant in the world. Few things have been more relevant and pressing than the threat of global warming. As the founder and director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at the London College of Fashion, Dilys Williams is finding ways for creative expression well within nature’s bounds and for ways that fashion can better fulfill its promise of relevance, delight and connection, while creating a culture of care.
Dilys has been included on the Evening Standard’s London’s Progress 1000 list in 2015 and is a member of the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel. She is also an advisor to numerous business and academic institutions, and a contributor for media outlets including the Guardian, SHOWstudio and Salt magazine. Furthermore, she acts as co-secretariat to the House of Lords All Party Parliamentary Group on Fashion, Sustainability and Ethics. Her studies in sustainable fashion have greatly influenced business, education, public and political dialogue. She’s among those leading the way, transforming a billion dollar global industry into a restorative outlet of creative expression.