Andrew Richard Hara’s photography is relentless in the pursuit of capturing distinctive images of planet Earth. Marked by a strong play of forces between environment and human-made structures, his work is grounded in beauty and yet inextricably linked to the contemporary influences of technology. His photographs focus on the contrast of light and darkness, inviting the viewer to inhabit the indescribable, visceral presence between objects and moments.
Hara is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he earned a photography and digital imaging degree, with honors, in 2009. After architectural, forensic and fine-art photography work with mainland business, government agencies, and the American Institute of Architecture, he returned home to Hawaii Island to reconnect with his birthplace and to apply his education and expertise to serve the arts and progressive sciences, including environmental conservation and sustainability.
Hara’s current client list includes National Geographic Society, NASA, Department of Defense, CERN, Vanity Fair, BBC, Time Magazine, United States Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Arc’teryx, Alpa of Switzerland, Phase One Digital Camera Systems, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hana Hou! Magazine, Four Seasons Resorts, W. M. Keck Observatory, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, and the Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests.
As a Visual Media Specialist, Hara uses his skills in photography, videography, strategic marketing, and strategic partnerships to support thriving, responsible and compassionate communities within Hawaii. Andrew’s passion and focus are used to interpret and tell stories of culture, science, and environmental conservation throughout the diversity of Earth. He focuses on developing marketing content and strategies for small businesses, non-profits, and larger corporations to help create sustainable models of business in the State of Hawaii. A portion of his work is donated and/or volunteered to help private and government sectors to support community wealth and culture. And while his professional purpose leads him far and wide to explore the visual diversity of this world, Hawaii will always be his home and his priority.
Portrait by: Rebecca Pang