I have been doing fine art photography specializing in Nature for over 40 years. I pursue high quality imagery with a passion so that I can produce subtle and inviting images that bring the observer right into the forest or the seashore or any of a myriad of different ecosystems. In order to maximize this effect I can produce very large prints up to 5 feet by 7 feet. I am always innovating and acquiring the very best of lenses and other equipment so that I can bring you, the viewer, a priceless experience when you live with one of my pieces.
I photograph with a 60 megapixel Phase One digital camera with Schneider and Mamiya lenses. The camera is always affixed to a sturdy tripod and I use a cable release to minimize any camera movement.
In addition to printing on fine art paper, I also print on low iron ultra-clear glass (up to 5 feet by 10 feet). With the latter, the image is fused into the glass permanently during the tempering stage of the process where the glass is heated to 700 degrees celsius. The glass prints are extremely durable and can even be exposed to direct sun and rain for many years without affecting the image. They also have a significant 'wow' factor when backlit.
International Ecogen Inc.
From March 1989
I equally share my time between environmental research and consulting and my work as a fine art nature photographer.
International Ecogen Inc.
From March 1989
Fine Art Nature Photography
From May 1974
Michael is largely self-taught in photography. He views his work as a reductionist art of discovery of self in the form of design, texture, shape and tone in nature. His view of the world has also become a political statement in a curatorial art world dominated by urban dwellers and anthropocentric images. The loss of the connection to nature by our urban oriented art culture is enabling further disruption of the larger population-based nature appreciation, and with it, our future survival. Fine prints of nature can play a small part in helping people reconnect and perhaps lead to a more proactive response in preserving what is left of our wilderness. It is widely recognized that images of nature can help in the healing process and, consequently, large scale nature photography is widely used in progressive hospitals.
These days his equipment consists of a Phase One camera with a Phase One 60.5 megapixel back with a variety of Schneider and Mamiya lenses.
Through his membership in the Western Photographic Circle over the past 25 years, he has received a significant benefit of peer review mentoring. These photographers embody many skills in the production of fine prints. They critique each others’ work on a monthly basis and have an occasional public group show.
Michael has been judging at camera clubs, photographic salons and various photographic competitions for over 20 years. He always likes to encourage photographers with helpful suggestions and positive comments where appropriate.
Michael’s prints are represented in many private and corporate collections and, more recently, in a growing number of Canadian Embassies throughout the world. He has had 14 group shows and 7 solo exhibitions in selected public galleries over the past 20 years. His website at www.naturphoto.com contains over 3400 images in both black and white and colour.
Continued Journey along the California Coast
Some impressions of Point Lobos State Reserve.
High Resolution Video of my Still Photography
My meanderings around creeks and rivers.
Further Media Interview about My Prints and Website
I was recently interviewed again by Joanne Mathis about glass prints, navigating my website and other stuff.
Media Interview about My Photography and Tips for Taking Pictures
I was interviewed by Joanne Mathis of Blogtalk Radio about photography and gave tips to listeners who wanted to take better pictures. (30 minutes)
Commercial - Law Office - Client Installation
These 3 foot by 4 foot museum quality framed pieces were installed in this multipurpose room to commemorate a recently deceased partner who was an avid fisherman and outdoorsperson.
Commercial - Restaurant - Client Installation
These prints were installed in the Juno Restaurant in the Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle.
Hospitality - Client Installation - Glass Print
This 3 foot by 10 foot glass print (10mm thick) has a 3 inch clear glass border where holes have been drilled for installation with stainless steel standoffs. The detail image of the glass print shows the extreme resolution of the image.
Hospitality - Client Installation
These are 3 feet by 4 feet fine art prints on paper framed to archival standards.
The Sandstone of Point Lobos
Point Arena, California
Journey Along the California Coast
During February and March of 2012, I travelled along the Pacific Coast. The California coastline and Redwood Forests were particularly breath-taking. On occasion I am retained to photograph wilderness regions and other natural areas by clients and produce fine prints that are acquired for collections or used in decor. The trip to California and Oregon was self-financed.
Qualifications & Certifications
Post Doctoral Fellow in Primate Behaviour
University of Bristol
PhD - Evolution
University of Liverpool
Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours)
University of British Columbia