Few trees compare to the mighty oak. Their massive canopies create a shady oasis beneath them, as they stretch for the sky. They've intrigued me for years, and I have been spending some time getting to know, and photograph them.
These are a series of ongoing studies of the mighty oak. Enjoy.
Here's a recent Artist Feature on artGuide's site:
Mike Basher. Beaufort, North Carolina. Mike Basher's tranquil work evokes a powerful sense of solitude. His photographic approach leaves the viewer with just enough sense of place to experience these environments, without overwhelming with excess information. Working exclusively with large format black and white film, his compositions are carefully chosen, delicately exposed, and printed in highly limited editions. www.bashergallery.com
POUND NET VI has been selected to be part of the Center for Photographic Art's 2017 International Juried Exhibition, in Carmel, California!!! The CPA was started 50 years ago by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston, and is like THE epicenter for fine art photography, so...I'm feeling pretty proud right about now.
The juror, Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. selected ninety photographs for the exhibit, out of over twelve hundred.
For more information, check out www.photography.org
About the Juror:
Philip Brookman is currently organizing Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940–1950, an exhibition of early work by the photographer and filmmaker and, in 2016, curated Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Brookman was Chief Curator and Head of Research and Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1993 to 2014. There he organized exhibitions by celebrated artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Eadweard Muybridge, Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, Robert Frank, Arnold Newman, Larry Sultan, and Danny Lyon. He also oversaw development of the Corcoran’s photography and media arts collection and curated the Corcoran Biennial exhibition in 2000.
Brookman is also a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and editor. His book, Redlands, a work of fiction with photographs, was published by Steidl in 2015. He holds degrees in 20th Century Art History and Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and brings a deep and broad understanding and appreciation of diverse genres, styles and mediums to CPA’s 2017 IJE.
It's here! The American Photographic Artists (APA) just released the winning photographs in their 2017 APA Awards, and I couldn't be more proud to have my work included alongside so many great photographs.
Here's a link to the winners' gallery. You can find my work in the "Series" section, on pages 72 and 73.
CYPRESS STUDY series wins in the 2017 American Photographic Artists' Awards!
EXCITING STUFF!!! I just received some great news. More info to come, when APA releases more information...
Judged by five of North America's top agency and editorial art buyers, the 2017 APA Awards features top photographers in the Advertising, Editorial, and Fine Art worlds.
This years contest features high profile judges that represent an excellent cross section of the photography buying community.
- Laurie Kratochvil - Photo Director/Editor
- Maya Robinson Art Director, Photography and Visual, NY Magazine
- Kenneth Zane, Producer, Leo Burnett
- Katie Buntsma, Art Producer, Team One
- Jennifer Lamping, Director of Art Production, Ruben Postaer and Associates
- Advertising. Image commissioned for and used in any type of advertising or social media.
- Corporate. Image shot for corporate client or non-profit business.
- Editorial. Image commissioned from any type of editorial publication online or print.
- Photojournalism. Image captured for documentary, journalistic or street photography.
- Personal Project. Self commissioned image for art or promotion.
- Series. Multiple images on same subject, any category.
- Student or Emerging. Less than 2 years as a professional photographer.
We all have different ways of viewing things, which is part of the spice of life. Recently, I was on Acadia's NPS site to check out something on the park map, and noticed the banner photograph at the top of their homepage, which was taken very close to the vicinity of where I made the above image: TIDAL IV, 2015. Both images are of the same basic scene, but were made using two completely different approaches; literal and non-.
I choose to take the non-literal approach with my work, because I like the viewer to enjoy the design elements I try to pull from a natural scene, and not get too lost in the details. Neither approach is right or wrong, but they "show" you the same place in such different ways.
I recently had an awesome conversation with Redski, of Red Town Photography, as part of his series of artist interviews, which he's done with so many great artists. We touched on some great topics, which sort of sum up how and why I do what I do.
Flattered at the opportunity...
You can view the interview by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.
In early May, I spent three days at Point Reyes, camping and photographing Central California's coast. My time was spent camping in the wilderness, and hiking up and down endless trails to photograph this absolutely beautifully rugged landscape.
There's nothing like camping in the scenes you're photographing, to experience what goes on there 'round the clock. One night, I was awakened by a pack of coyotes at 3am, just outside my tent. The next night, it was an elephant seal that wanted to stay up later than I did.
Time slows down in these situations, and you see what's around you more sharply, and with a deeper understanding of your subject. You're not just a passerby, snapping a photo as a memento.
Please enjoy the selection of photographs from this study.
The Owens Valley, which runs along the eastern side of the Sierra Range in central California has some amazing features, which I've driven by so many times, eager to photograph. A month ago, I spent a few days, and ventured into this expansive valley to photograph the ridges, volcanic domes and moraine fields in a way to show their mass and permanence against the skyline.
Two of my works, POUND NET I and POUND NET III, 2015 are included in a group show with Rebekah Jacob Gallery the month of June. A reception is being held Friday, June 23rd – see map below.
The show also contains beautiful pieces of personal work from fashion photographer Caroline Knopf, Mark Stetler (seen in above grouping), color-toned works from Gross and Daley, and collodion prints by Ben Nixon.
Elegance & Decadence is showing through July 1, 2017.
For inquiries, contact Rebekah Jacob Gallery at +1-843-872-6019
On a recent road trip across Central California, I decided to divert through Napa and Sonoma's wine country. I wish I could say that I stopped to do a wine tasting or two, but I kept things straight business. Here are four photographs from my adventures...
Excited to share my current printed portfolio, as of May, 2017. Enjoy!
Sounds a bit critical, but to me, composition is the single-most important element of a photograph. This particular image was composed a few times, while I balanced atop these piers, making subtle movements with the tripod, even moving to different piers (trying not to get wet), until I achieved the composition I was looking for. Then, ONE exposure was made of it, on a single sheet of film.
Putting the camera in the right position is everything...well not everything, but it's critical. Take the composition of Carolina Beach I (below), for example... That little nubby guy there. The one that juuuuust creeps into the frame of the final image below. Too much of it would be a distraction at the bottom of the frame. Had it not been included, there would be a visual void in its spot, and the first piling on the left would feel too close to the edge of the frame.
Without getting into a light quality discussion, camera placement, combined with lens choice is...well...everything in black and white photography. We can't rely on the beautiful colors of a sunset like this one to salvage wonky, unbalanced compositions.
Hot new news: I'm now a resident artist at Ballantyne Framing & Art in New Bern, NC!
Come check it out. There are also awesome new paintings on display by Donna Nyzio, Jessica Singerman, Ed Macomber, and Shannon Semple.
I've gone on and on to people about how awesome my 4x5 camera body is, and I'll do it here on the internet.
I own tons of gear...one of the best digital medium format cameras money can buy, which I love. BUT...nothing compares to my Chamonix. Nothing.
Each of their cameras is hand-made microbrew style in a small wood shop in Asia, and the build quality is unreal. The way I work in the field, I need the most rigid camera available, and even though this body weighs far less than others, it is so much more sturdy than any other brands' offering.
You can view the Chamonix Camera gallery page of other fine photographers by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.
We just hung our newest exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, which runs April 1-June 30, 2017. Please check it out, if you have a chance.
The collection of photographs entitled PULSE focuses on how water shapes our world, as the tides are like the Earth's heartbeat.
The Aquarium is open seven days a week from 9-5.
Here's the online version of a recent feature in the February, 2017 issue of artGuide.