A sublime experience found in ordinary space...
With a career in commercial photography that spans two decades, Mike Basher's intimate, fine art work breathes a powerful sense of peace and tranquility through spatial relationships. His work–captured entirely on large format film–has an incisive clarity and quiet meditative mood. Many photographs tell the tale of a grander space, whilst showing only the limited elements he has chosen to unveil.
The simplicity of his work is more of an allusion to, not a direct depiction of his subject matter, where he challenges the viewer to derive their own interpretation as to its whereabouts. Directly, his photographs deliver a sublime experience, found in ordinary space.
His background with fast-paced, high stress commercial shoots has taken him all over the globe, creating campaigns for brands like Under Armour, The North Face and Reebok. This expertise has culminated in his captivating personal fine art work.
"...Basher has developed a very unique and distinct style of photography. His images convey a tranquil simplicity, mixed in with busy abstraction, and even a bit of surrealism that leaves the viewer seeing a beautifully simple photograph with complex composition. Light, shadow, texture, and subject matter are delicately weaved together to offer the viewer a tranquil understanding of what Basher is experiencing when he makes a photograph." - artGuide, March 2016
"...like a visual meringue" - Rob Larson, photographer
"Amongst breathtaking landscape photos, Basher's personal work showcases black and white studies of natural landscapes. Images of coastal elements, dunes, trees, rocks are elegantly interpreted by his photographic vision, resulting in an observable serenity that has been implemented by Basher's commanding knowledge of light, composition, and technique." - Redski Redd, August 2017