Mike got his first 35 mm camera as a freshman in high school nearly fifty years ago. At the time he was a serious competitive model airplane flyer and began shooting photos of models and model contests and was selling them to several national magazines within two years. He has been a part time professional photographer ever since. While in college Mike became an avid outdoor sports enthusiast participating in rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, backpacking and kayaking to name a few. This gave him the opportunity to visit and photograph many truly spectacular natural environments all across North America.
Mike is completely self-taught as a photographer although he was strongly influenced by the work of Ansel Adams, David Muench, and Galen Rowell. His style is some combination of what he learned from their work plus his early experience as a graphic artist while in college and his personal artistic vision.
For many years Mike shot with 35mm SLRs and a 4x5 view camera concentrating on wilderness and garden photography. Since he bought his first DSLR in 2006 his choice of subject matter has expanded to include a wide range of natural and man-made objects both outdoors and in the studio. All of his work maintains the same love of strong graphic elements and saturated colors.
Photography has always been a part time career for Mike. He earned a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering and since grad school worked as an engineer or engineering manager for a number of companies in the Seattle area. He sold prints at galleries and art fairs in the Puget Sound region for more than fifteen years and won awards in several local shows and exhibits. His work has been featured in many magazines, books, catalogs and websites. Mike also taught photography classes and has judged several art and photography shows over the years. In 2013 Mike and his wife retired and moved back to New Mexico where she grew up and where they met in grad school at UNM. They now live in Placitas where Mike continues to pursue his passion for photography both in the studio and in the field.