McNulty: Keymar photographer encourages exploration of the natural world through his art

Andrew Aughenbaugh poses with his photograph, "Be On Guard.”
Andrew Aughenbaugh poses with his photograph, "Be On Guard.”(Courtesy photo)

Andrew Aughenbaugh is a writer and photographer from Keymar. Since 1997, Aughenbaugh, 48, has written for magazines such as "North American Whitetail," "Fishing & Hunting Journal," "Low-RANGE Magazine," and "Wildfowl."

In 2001, Aughenbaugh was hired to write an article for "JP Magazine" about the 2011 All Breeds Jeep Show in York, Pennsylvania. Since he was going to be there anyway, Aughenbaugh convinced the editor to let him photograph the Jeeps for his article.


"I was shooting slide film because national glossy magazines had not yet gone digital," Aughenbaugh said. "I didn't know a lot about photography, but I made it through."

That started his photojournalism career.


Since Aughenbaugh is colorblind, he concentrates more on the composition of his photographs than their color. He does not do any computer color manipulation of his photographs.

"If I did edit the colors, the ocean might be purple," he said. "I do not get to enjoy the colors of a fall landscape like others do."

Aughenbaugh's fine art photography is a result of the knowledge he gained from magazine photography. Fine art photography is a medium in which the photographer captures an image that reflects his or her artistic style.

Today, Aughenbaugh writes a blog called Augie's Adventures.

"My blog features captured moments in time taken from my travels across the United States and Canada," he said.

As he travels across the country, Aughenbaugh takes the opportunity to photograph anything around him that captures his imagination.

"I travel to get lost and explore the beautiful places, people and things around the country," he said.

For example, he took a photograph of a windmill with a fiery sky background in Oxon Run Hills?

"I was at a farm to photograph turkey and deer but I could not find a good buck for a picture," he said. "When I turned around, there was a beautiful scene presented in front of me.

"Photographs truly capture a moment in time and tell a story better than a video can," he continued. "It is a pure natural image. I enjoy the stories, feelings and quotes that come out of the experience of taking the photograph."

This year, Aughenbaugh has decided to turn his main interest toward his fine art photography. He has been selling his photographs all summer at Annapolis First Sundays, which is a monthly street art festival held on West Street. He also attended Westminster's Art in the Park, an arts and crafts show sponsored by the Carroll Arts Center that is held the first weekend in June every year behind City Hall.

Aughenbaugh is also a member of the Carroll County Arts Council and plans to exhibit a photograph in the Annual Members Exhibit, held this year from Sept. 3 through Nov. 7 at the Carroll County Arts Council at 91 W. Main St. in Westminster.


Recently, Aughenbaugh's work has evolved into more landscape photography. One of the unique features of many of his photographs is the application of a quote printed onto the image that complements the photograph. The quotes include bible verses, meaningful words from nature writers and thoughts of his own. The quotes are not planned, he said.

"As I look at a photograph the quote pops into my mind," he said. "It just comes to me.

"My photographs and writing represent adventures in life and getting out and doing. I try to encourage others to experience life. I hope that my photographs evoke a desire to get out and explore the natural world surrounding us."

Aughenbaugh can be contacted at augieaa@gmail.com. His blog address is www.augiesadventures.com.

(Editor's Note: Aughenbaugh is a Carroll County Times outdoors columnist.)

Lyndi McNulty is the owner of Gizmos Art in Westminster. Her column appears on the first and third Thursday of each month.

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