Michael is an American award winning conceptual fine art photographer from the Boston, Massachusetts area. Before focusing his interests in the visual arts, Michael studied music at the Berklee College of Music, where he majored in songwriting and composition.
All work is 100% photographic and the imagery is created as layered composites in Photoshop. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Healthy Living and Practical Photoshop, as well as on book covers and album art worldwide.
His awards include:
Outstanding Achievement in Photography (amateur)
Camera Obscura Journal
Canon Project Imagination
Honorable Mention (Advertising/Conceptual)
Neutral Density Magazine 2014 Photography Awards
Through my art, I explore the inner terrain of the mind - the fears, the hopes, the personal and universal human condition expressed through metaphor and allegory. They are surreal dreamscapes, conceived by piecing the individual photographic images together one at a time. They usually begin instinctively, with no concept in mind, until one is revealed through the process of improvisation, and the concept is then fleshed out further once it forms. The people, places and objects in the imagery are taken separately, and with these raw pieces I assemble something that straddles both the personal and the symbolic, surrealism with something that is collective and focused.
In my current work, I am exploring the individual at a crossroads in life, turning inward and facing who we are and what it means to be human at the fundamental level. I am using the guise of fantasy and surrealism to illustrate something meaningful and personal that speaks to me and hopefully resonates with others as well.