Hello there! My name is Gregory Andrus and I am the creator, photographer, interviewer and editor of Portraits of the Jersey Shore, which can be found here or on Facebook. I have a passion for meeting people up and down the Jersey Shore every weekend, and with my camera and micro-recorder, capturing their unique portraits and stories.
Coming from a past of alcoholism, depression and homelessness, and after a dramatic near-death experience, and finally redemption, I have had an epiphany. I realized that every single person on this earth has a story, and it is in our stories that we can find connections to each other, bridges to common bonds in a society that seems intent on divisions and walls being built.
Portraits of the Jersey Shore is a nearly daily chronicle of the people I meet and the stories they share, as I go up and down the coast meeting new people. This page is a journey, one that seeks to understand, to be a light of compassion and empathy through the portraits and stories shared here and on the Facebook page.
If you would like to follow Portraits of the Jersey Shore as new stories get posted, be sure to go to the Facebook page linked at top, and “like” the page to get notifications when new stories, events, and behind the scenes happenings get posted.
When I am not out meeting people for this page, I can be found with my incredibly awesome wife of 15 years, Mary, and getting routinely climbed on and chased around by our two boys, Jacob, 7, and Elijah, 3. When I want to be inspired, I listen to The Clash’s London Calling, watch Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch films, or study master photographers and painters, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Maier, and Vincent Van Gogh. When I want to unplug, I like to go kayaking, go to the beach or on hikes with my family, or simply read Calvin and Hobbes. I also love chocolate, preferably of the ice cream variety.