PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGE MAKING FOUND MICHAEL VERY EARLY ON IN LIFE.. LOOKING THROUGH PHOTOS HE TOOK AS A CHILD ON HIS FIRST CAMERA, A KODAK INSTAMATIC X-15F, YOU COULD SEE A NATURAL SENSE FOR COMPOSITION AND TELLING A STORY THROUGH IMAGES. HE HAS WORKED WITH MANY DIFFERENT MEDIUMS FOR HIS VISUAL STORY TELLING, BUT PHOTOGRAPHY HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIS MAIN PASSION, FROM THE DAYS OF DARKROOMS AND DARK-SLIDES, UNTIL NOW.. PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN TAKING A PICTURE, IT’S INSPIRATION, IT’S DECISIONS, IT’S SPONTANEITY, IT’S EMOTION, IT’S ART…. IT’S LIFE.
- Michael was honored to be awarded again by Applied Arts Magazine in 2015 in the Photo-illustration Category for his painterly inspired Collection titled "Bloom".
- Applied Arts Magazine awarded Michael in 3 top categories in 2014. He was awarded in both Fashion Categories for his "Fire in the Sky" and "Heavy Like Rain" series, and also awarded in the Photo-Manipulation Category for his "iNKT" Series.
- Michael was honored in 2013 to be the Guest Photographer and Mentor for Rovinj PhotoDays in Rovinj, Croatia. There, he mentored the students that he hand-picked out of many entrants to introduce them to his methods of work, and guided the students to fine tune their own personal approach to their craft and talent.