I Love My … Life!
In every situation some point of balance must be reached. Michael applied his well designed theorem with circumstance. The solution is his solace. Before settling permanently in L.A. his travels helped him capture cities like New York, Paris, and London with the arms length of his lens. Before the move westward he shared his method of achieving clarity and depth among shades and shadows with students. For seven years, “Fashion on Location” with Michael gave inquisitive young artists a hint of his technique. City colleges and universities around Dallas were forums for his workshops, lectures, solo, and group exhibitions. His style was developed by learning all the basics then breaking all the rules. Many can imitate yet never master his ability to release suddenly subtle extremes.
Michael shot Detour magazine’s premiere issue cover and an astounding 31 pages of editorial and advertising layouts for that issue. He continues to shoot numerous spreads. A limitless imagination coupled with his perpetual knack for beauty keeps his work stimulating.
Candid portraits, vivid queries and dusk indulgences add volume to his vision. An unabashed love of the flow of fashion and sweeping lines of figures created a natural graduation towards fashion design and illustration. Influenced by Gordon Parks Jr. and Richard Avedon, he acquired a discriminating taste for light and shadow that cascades through his images.
Generosity of spirit demands a response, an opinion and a redefinition. Michael’s work dispels perceptions. Images that surrender to his invitation are graciously blunt with a twist of humor. His eyes sparkle as he says,” It’s about the art, not the form it takes.” This consciousness of character will not allow him to take too much pride in being called an amazing photographer. Call him an artist if a label must be used. In that box at least there is room for different points of focus like sculpting and jewelry design, which are upcoming ventures.
As a child he quickly adhered to the form photography took him through. He recalls,”I would look through the view finder even without film in the camera and just snap the shutter.” His art easily translates into watercolor, a simple charcoal sketch or a black and white glossy.
Los Angeles, CA