An Eye for Stories – The Denver VOICE
“I saw him capture what was going on around us – all the people at school, the football team in action, these photos, frame them and then give them to people. I found this an interesting approach to storytelling, which prompted me to get a digital camera and teach myself how to take pictures.” From that point on, photography became Michael’s passion.
After high school, Michael attended Metro State University where he received a BS in Business. From there he got a job in supply chain management where he focused his efforts on the 9-to-5 world of adulthood. This meant that Michael didn’t spend much time in photography, and he missed it sorely.
According to Michael, his life became mundane and he craved creative expression, so he returned to photography. While excited to be reunited with his camera, he decided that after becoming self-taught, it was time to hone his craft and learn more about the art of photography. With that, he went back to school and earned an associate degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado.
While studying at the Art Institute, Michael was exposed to a variety of photography styles. Drawn to the bright lights, brilliant colors and excitement of fashion photography,
Michael thought this was his calling and had visions of becoming the next David LaChapelle. But Michael soon realized that fashion was a particularly challenging specialty and, undeterred, explored other ways of telling people’s stories through photos. It was then that he discovered street photography.
By capturing photos of people acting naturally without feeling the need to pose or force an awkward smile for the camera, Michael emphasized the authenticity of the images.
Depending on the angle, each photo could convey a different version of the story. So now, when he witnesses an open moment, he finds a way to capture it without being intrusive.
Sometimes it can be the interaction of people that inspires him to take photos, and other times it can be the colour, shape or pattern that catches his eye – especially if it’s repetitive – because it tells a more compelling story.