In the latest Photographer Spotlight, Flylords caught up with David Anderson. He is a recently retired rock & roll and celebrity photographer who now takes his cameras and ringing ears on fly-fishing journeys through the small trout streams of Australia and New Zealand. Check out the interview below.
Flylords: Who is David Anderson?
David: I was born in Australia in 1963 and moved with my family to Boston in 1965 when my father got a scholarship to Harvard. We then moved on to Champaign, Illinois where he worked at the University. I returned to Australia in 1984 on a 6 week holiday to meet long lost relatives and somehow never found my way back.
Flylords: Do you remember the first time you picked up a fly rod?
David: My first serious fly fishing experiences were on one of my dad’s summer field trips to Wyoming in 1975 when one of the other professors loaned me a rod and reel, and showed me the basics of fly fishing for trout on the Wind River.
David: My first photos of Pink from 2000 remain among my very favorites. She was just starting to get famous then and spent a full day in my studio.
David: Some great moments include a brief shoot with the Queen, early in my career, touring Australia and South Africa with the Rolling Stones on the Voodoo Lounge tour and spending 14 hours with an army of assistants doing a 2-minute shoot with U2. Both Robert Plant and Meatloaf have yanked a camera from my hand during a shoot and taken my photo.
David: Starting up my blog Twigwater.com almost three years ago helped me through a late mid-life (such a thing?) slump and has given me a new and very positive direction in photography and life in general. The focus is primarily small stream fly fishing with 2-4 weight rods with lots of gear reviews and plenty of pictures.
Flylords: Would you rather catch the trophy fish, or shoot a photo of the trophy fish?
David: I’m much more focused on photographing fly fishing these days than fishing myself. Occasionally I’ll sneak out on my own to review a rod or other gear for the blog of course, but photography is always the main game.