A sublime experience found in ordinary space...
For the past fifteen years, Mike Basher has traveled the globe photographing campaigns for large corporations such as Under Armour, Reebok and The North Face, working with celebrities and athletes like Michael Phelps, Lindsey Vonn, and Andy Murray. This selection of his photography is the antithesis.
His inspiration for his work comes from the solitude of the outdoors. Mike's sublime, minimalistic photographs take a look at scenes often visited by others, yet his approach in isolating subjects leaves the viewer to often question, and even disregard its whereabouts.
Working exclusively with large format black and white film, each image is carefully crafted–seen through the process of making a precise exposure, hand developing the negative, final printing and display. This involved, hands-on craft brings him close to his work. What the viewer sees is essentially an extension of his persona. Quiet and precise, yet bold.
"...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 elements. 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
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