Andy Hughes photographic work explores the littoral zone and the politics of waste. He is one of the first artist photographers who explored plastic as metaphor, subject and pollutant. In the mid 1980’s whilst at Art School, he learned to surf and was concerned about the increasing levels of human sewage and plastic he observed in the ocean.
In 2013 he travelled to Alaska as invited artist with international team to work on the project GYRE: The Plastic Ocean. He was the first Artist in Residence at Tate Gallery St. Ives and short-listed reserve artist for the Arts Council England Antarctic Fellowship