We've kept in touch over the years, seeing each other at annual high school reunions and following each other's lives through social media. During all this time, even though I knew he was a great professional photographer, I never took the time to look at his work.
Recently he posted some images of his mother's 90th birthday. His mom and mine were friends and as we were growing up. Wandering through his Facebook images I got introduced to Mike all over again and loved his work. I gave him a call and these are some of my favorites from the images he sent. He also gave me a short bio.
Mike shared two of his favorite quotes by Minor White with me. They tell you so much about who he is as an artist.
“Photography is a language more universal than words.”
I took inspiration from the names: Weston, Stieglitz, Adams, Cunningham, Callahan, Frank, Strand, Caponigro, Lange, Steichen, and Minor White. The darkroom has evolved to my lightroom.
Photography has had numerous technology changes during my involvement. However, the artist behind the lens that breathes his/her unique style into image capture remains the constant.
For me, photography has become the conduit for my creativity.