Welcome to belgianstreets!
I moved to live and work in Belgium in September, 2013.
Before that, I had lived and worked in Belgrade, Serbia for almost three years as a consultant employed by the BBC to lead a project funded by the European Union to help the Serbian government plan and prepare for the transition to digital television.
And before that, I lived and worked in Australia, where I worked for the Government and was the leader of the organisation set up to manage Australia’s transition to digital television.
I was born in the north of England, educated in London and worked for the BBC in London before leaving the UK.
I have had a lifelong passion for photography and am a frustrated writer!
Whilst living in Belgrade, I created a blog called belgradestreets to show my new home to friends and family in the UK and Australia.
After a difficult first few months, the wonderful city, and people, of Belgrade captured my heart and my soul.
That blog resulted in a book of my photographs, which is on sale in bookshops across Serbia, and online from Amazon, through my Belgrade publisher Komshe and Belgrade bookstore Delfi, a short documentary made by the national TV broadcaster of Serbia and an exhibition in O3ONE a very cool gallery in the heart of Belgrade.
belgradestreets now has over 2,500 followers and visitors from well over 100 countries.
And none of that planned or anticipated, not even in my wildest dreams! It actually resulted from a chance conversation over a coffee who had a friend of a friend who…
I am talking with the Serbian Embassy here in Brussel about a presentation of my book and photographs of Belgrade.
When I arrived in Brussel, I decided that I would try to capture my feelings about this city and country in a similar way, and so…
29 thoughts on “about andy”
You have an amazing blog here. And I got even more excited now to go to Belgium! Thank you for sharing your work 🙂
Great blog – you have a really good eye for the Belgian street level.
Thank you Kevin!
Thanks for following my blog and the nice comments! hope you enjoy living in Belgium! I’ll be enjoying following your updates and good pictures!
Thank you also! I am enjoying learning more about Belgium, below the calm surface a very turbulent place….
I was visiting some of your posts and am wowed by your work. I’m not normally a huge fan of b&w, but the trees and leaves you’ve captured in Hallerbos are stunning!
Thank you, I have been experimenting a lot with b&b recently so I am glad you liked it!
You have a wonderful blog. I love the b&w.
Thank you! I am also enjoying your photos and poetry a lot, great work! Andy
I’ve decided to join you 🙂 xx
Thank you and you are very welcome! x
🙂 I’m lookng forward to seeing what a professional photographer brings to the table xx
I think the word “aspiring” may be missing above… but thank you 🙂
One fine day you happen to be on a DC streets, and we bump into each other, let’s have coffee. And do mention about that ‘friend of a friend who…’ 😀
Inspiring photos, make me want to go out and snap street photos
Now there’s a plan 🙂 thanks for dropping by, I love your photos btw 🙂
I am so glad you wrote something on my blog!!! That way I have done a great discovery…
Love your work!!! I knew you had to be a pro, because of the way you catched the moments and angles…
I will stay around!!!
BTW: love the theme you are using as well…It is the first time I see it…It is clean and effective..
BTW2: keep writing…
BTW3: I agree about your Belgium´s opinion…Much hidden under the surface…
Thank you so much for your very kind comments! Sadly although I wish I was a ‘pro’ but I have a day job that pays the bills – although the publisher of my book in Belgrade keeps telling me that if people are paying to see my pix in print then that makes me a pro – my problem is I still can’t believe that happened!! anyway, i love photography and will never stop…and thank you for your three BTWs, I in turn will enjoy following your blog!
Hello there – I don’t know if you participate in this type of thing, but I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”! I’m not spamming your comments – I just love your photography and the little details about life you provide along with them – they show you have real heart and sensitivity to places and people! Your photos inspire me to continue with photographing my home town in different ways and pay attention to the little details that make places unique 🙂
Here’s a link to my post which has all the instructions about participating at the end of the post: https://heleneparish.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/road-to-happiness/
Hello Helene, and thank you so much for this nomination and your very kind comments about my work. I am also enjoying looking at your home town and the way your photography is developing. So, yes, I will participate although it may take me a few days before doing so. Once again, thank you very much!
Hi Helene, I finally got round to accepting your nomination, thank you so much and I wish you all you hope for in 2015!!
And the same to you, Mr. Townend! 2015 should be awesome 🙂
I am sure it will be 🙂
HI Andy- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. I am enjoying your work very much.
Hi Jane, yes I find your work inspiring and thank you for taking a look at my work, I really appreciate it!
Pleased to meet you Andy. You are welcome to visit my blog when you have the time. 🙂
Hello Nomzi and thank you 🙂
You are most welcome.