I’m Mike, a London-based photographer, writer and technical artist.
I love images that tell a story and I love telling stories about what makes a great image.
For me, the creative process is all about getting lost and the adventure 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 everything from photography, lighting and vfx to visual storytelling and design.
These days we may not always be able to meet face-to-face, but I hope in the meantime acquaintances new and old may 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 a compelling image.
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 emmigrated to London, UK, based on a personal invitation from Oasis and Tony Blair. Or it may have been to attend a wedding. Anway 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… it’s almost entirely been about creative nonfiction since.
How many countries have you travelled to?
Honestly, it’s been a while since I counted, and you won’t find any maps with pins on them on this site. I’ve travelled more than some but have friends who have been a lot more places than me. For me, travel is about immersing myself in new culture or location. It’s about digging in and learning about a place, more than ticking boxes. 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.
Is this blog your main hustle?
I write because I enjoy writing, and I have shot photographs semi-professionally for years. But during the day I work as a technical artist for new media companies, which mostly involves solving technical problems for creatives, and creative problems for technical people.
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