Andy Lo Pò ∙ Into the Sky
On the 19th July 2022, the hottest ever day on record, when a record temperature of 40.3°C (104.5°F) was recorded and verified by the Met Office in England, photographer Andy Lo Pò, took a trip down to the beach in his adopted home town of Brighton and captured his own unique recording of how that day was celebrated by the city’s local populace, and that project became ‘Into The Sky’.
“I made these constructed images to amplify and focus our attention on these everyday people. They were jumping, falling, dropping, turning, twisting and somersaulting into the sea… they were having a fucking great time! By removing certain elements within the frame, I wanted to elevate them to angelic status for the very brief time they were in the air. By removing all other distractions, we are just left to analyse them as solo portraits of ordinary people floating, frozen in the sky. Photographing from a low angle further sanctifies them above the clouds in the sky.”
Andy Lo Pò is an award-winning photographic artist born in Melbourne, Australia now based in Brighton, UK. He studied photography at the University of the Arts London and now spends his time working on personal work as well as commissioned projects. Andy has won several awards and had his work exhibited and recognised by the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize, Creative Review Photo Annual, The International Photography Awards, and The Getty Prestige Grant.