About me.


My name is Mike. I’ve helped create numerous award-winning interactive experiences for some of the top games and VFX companies in the world. But just between you and me what I really love is traveling, taking photographs, and sharing stories about what I’ve found along the way.

It’s been my passion since my high school math teacher lent me an old Pentax K1000 film camera to which I would take with me as I wandered around the suburbs of my hometown of Vancouver. I would walk, lost in my thoughts for hours just looking for an interesting photograph.

Fast forward a few decades, and I’ve raised a family, lived in a few different countries, and had many great adventures. A lot has changed over those years, but fundamentally I still love nothing more than grabbing my camera and going for a walkabout somewhere I’ve never been and seeing what sort of interesting people, places, and things I will encounter.

For me, travel photography is all about getting lost and the joy of finding my way home again. It’s about discovery and sharing what I have learned on the journey.

On this blog, you will find a collection of stories, tips, insights, and practical advice about some of the beautiful places I’ve been and how I’ve approached photographing them.

I hope you find something interesting, informative, or entertaining here. If you do, please subscribe to my newsletter and I will send you one update every month about my life, my travels, my trips down the rabbit hole in search of a compelling image.

You can find me on social media at Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also find some of my other non-travel photography-related ramblings over on medium.

If you are interested in working with me, please e-mail me directly at contact@mikebest.me

Happy travels and thanks for stopping by.

That’s great, but what are your vitals?

I was born in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada, where we drink from cool crisp mountain streams and wrestle grizzly bears in the deep dark woods. My dad was a carpenter so I stepped on the odd nail growing up but also became handy with a power saw. I survived highschool, and graduated with a spotty report card and notebooks lined with doodles that were good enough to get me into the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, where I spent four years studying film and video production.

And you still live in Vancouver now?

No, back in 1998 I emigrated to London, UK, based on a personal invitation from Oasis and Tony Blair. Or it may have been to attend a wedding. Anyway, I was going to return home at some point but then I got married and had a son and bought a house near Wimbledon.

Where are you going to be tomorrow?

Ideally, out exploring the streets of a city somewhere I have never been before. Shooting pictures, learning about the people, places, and culture, and then coming home in the evening and writing down my thoughts about it all.

When did you first start writing? Who are your influences?

Writing is something I’ve always just done – more a compulsion than a calling. I never set out to be a writer but everyone keeps telling me to do more of it because they seem to enjoy reading what I write and that makes me happy. Growing up I loved authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. Then, I read Bill Bryson relate a story about waking up on a Dover park bench with his underpants on his head and it’s been all about creative non-fiction and travel writing since.

How many countries have you travelled to?

A paltry 28 so far, if you are asking. I’ve traveled more than some but have friends who have been to a lot more places than me. But for me, travel is about immersing myself in new culture or location. I like to travel slow, and dig in and learn about a place, more than dropping pins in a map. That said, it doesn’t usually take long till I get itchy feet for the next location.

What got you hooked on photography?

Long before there were digital cameras or photoshop, I saw my first black and white prints magically appear under the dim red lights of my highschool darkroom. I was transfixed.
From that day onwards I would spend hours in the reserve section of the Vancouver Public Library, trawling through coffee table photo books, devouring the masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Imogen Cunningham. I’ve had a passion for the medium ever since.

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