Sandy Carson – Pretty Much | Aint Bad

Sandy Carson is a Scottish photographer, cinematographer, cyclist and musician based in the United States.

His photography and documentary film practice is a balance of commercial and editorial reportage, with long form personal projects published as monographs, a section of which is represented by INSTITUTE. Carson’s work is published in The New York Times, The British Journal of Photography, Aperture, Harper’s Magazine, The Guardian and The Oxford American with clients including New Balance, Kodak, Rapha, Levi’s, Cannondale and Red Bull.

In his latest body of work, Sandy Carson turns his wry wit to cataloging the year 2020, an uncertain and unprecedented time where the world began navigating the ‘new normal.’ 

Brilliantly observed and utterly relatable, these photographs (amassed mostly during lockdown in Austin, Texas and entirely during the calendar year) observe and document family relationships, grief, protests, social issues, and everyday street life as Carson left home to exercise and escape for his own sanity by foot or on his bike. Curious pairings evoke the interconnectedness many of us felt.

On the street or just around the corner, a timeless, heartfelt, and absurdist lens joins with Sandy’s hopeful approach to storytelling, inviting the observer to take a deep breath, buckle up and hold on just a bit longer. It’s a gentle reminder that someday, these days will be worth remembering. Pretty much.


Aint–Bad is an independent publisher of contemporary art. Founded in Savannah, Georgia, the collective is dedicated to supporting a progressive community of artists from around the world through online web features, printed periodicals, monographs, and exhibitions.

Sandy Carson talks to Huck Magazine about his publication Pretty Much – read in full here.