Thawing out from Winter

Hey everybody,

Since I've been back from Wyoming and Montana life has been pretty nonstop. In between my normal life with my multiple jobs I've also applied to numerous photo opportunities, started working alongside more Portland-based photographers and have been shooting pretty much every day. It's been so hectic that I haven't been able to slow down much to update the site and let folks know what I've been up to, but I think it's worth it considering the work I've created the last few months.

As you can see I've been posting some work from another series on the site, and I'll continue to do so as that one and another I've been working on are developing. They're both film based and are a variant of my main project Dead Cities. One of which, 'It only feels strange here to me', will be available in print form on May 7th, 2018. If you'd like to preorder a copy you can visit the store here. Everyone that preorders will receive a small print as well from my main project.

Other than that I have a few photo competitions coming up that I'm very excited and nervous for. Lately I've been challenging myself (and also being challenged by my mentors and peers) to experiment with new formats, development types and focus. I'm really excited to share what I've come up with so far as I think that I've made great strides creatively since coming back from my residency in Wyoming.

I hope the spring is treating you well and maybe I'll see you out in the world someday.
Mike

New images up!

Just writing a brief note to let you know that there are new images up on the Montana section of the site! I'm really excited about a lot of the places I found, and I'll be posting more throughout the month. Hope you're enjoying the fall!

-Mike

 

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Fall is here - lots of exciting news!

Hey friends,

So Fall is finally here, which is easily my favorite time; October in particular. That being said, I usually find a lot more motivation to go out and shoot these months so I'll be adding a lot to my site this season.

Speaking of which, I just posted a handful of images to the Washington section of the site. Feel free to give that a look. I found some interesting places in Southern Washington on a short road trip I took with my friend Alyson the other day that I'm pretty excited about (her work can be viewed here: http://www.alysonbowen.com/).

So as Fall is a time for significant change, it's fitting that I received some great news for the coming year: 

First off, I was awarded my first ever solo show at a professional art gallery in Portland, OR. I can't announce the location yet, but I've been added to their 2018 calendar and the pressure is on to start prepping. This is a huge milestone for me and I'm very excited to have the creative space to put together a cohesive show for folks.

Secondly, I've been awarded an artist residency in the midwest, which actually starts in a few short weeks. I've been prepping for this trip for quite some time but now that I have a month left before I depart the weight of it is finally hitting. I'm selling off some prints from previous shows at a discount to help clear out some space and put some money away for this project. If you're interested I've posted a handful of them on my instagram: instagram.com/deadcitiesphoto. As always I can custom print any of my images by request, but I do have some that are already printed on museum quality fine art paper at a discount. Any sale, small or large, helps immensely as it clears out space and also ensures that I have the resources to really make a solid go of this trip. Send me an email if you're interested!

I hope you're enjoying the season. Aside from shooting photos my days have been filled with apple cider, skateboarding, horror movies and anything pumpkin related. Go out there and do something that scares you this month, I dare you.

Take care,
Mike

 

 Anyone lose a shoe?

Anyone lose a shoe?

Travels and Website Update

 

Hey everybody,

So it's been a little while since I've updated this site and let folks know what I've been up to. For that, I apologize. Summer is a busy time for me in my regular work; I've been shooting quite a bit but unable to share a lot of what I've found. 

In the next few days I'll be revamping the site and adding a lot more of my stuff from this past year. I've found a lot of really amazing places since I last posted, and I can't wait to share it with you all. 

Speaking of which, I'm currently in Tennessee visiting friends and capturing images of some places I've found across the state. This my first time thoroughly exploring this part of the country and I'm having an awesome time. I've always loved my time in the deep south when I came through on tour and I'm happy I get to see more of it.

I'll be sure to announce when the site gets restructured in the next couple of days. In the meantime I hope that Summer has been treating you well, though I very much look forward to the Fall.

Yours truly,
Mike

 Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

coSPACE Group Show at Newspace Photo Center

Hey everybody,

I have some work in a small group show at Newspace Photo Center's coSPACE gallery up now through the end of May. We're having an opening this Friday, May 19th from 4 to 6 pm. Come by and say hi!

About the show: Stories, both individual and cultural, naturally emerge from the interface of content and personal perception. The artist creates with this knowledge while using the attributes of the medium to influence the viewer's experience towards possible narratives. Stories are told and stories are perceived, yet seldom do they agree.

Location

1632 SE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Mailing list back online!

For some reason the mailing list wasn't saving contact information for people who want to stay up to date with what I'm up to. If you've entered your info into the mailing list form on this site before today there's a good chance you didn't get added to the list. Feel free to sign up again here

Thanks for your patience!
Mike

Thanks to those who came out to Albina Press!

*and for those that couldn't - there's still time!

Hey everybody,

Just wanted to write a very sincere thank you to everyone who braved the snowstorm in Portland, OR and made it out to my opening at Albina Press on Thursday, January 12th. We had way more people out for it than I would have expected due to the city being shut down by over a foot of snow! I ended up dragging the sound system all the way to the venue on a caravan of inner tubes, as it was less work than digging my van out of the ice (see photo below).

If you missed the opening the images will be up through February, so feel free to stop in and take a look at 4637 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR. All of the images are for sale, so if you'd like to purchase anything there are envelopes at the cafe you can fill out for the curator. As always you can drop me a line at deadcitiesphoto@gmail.com and I can put you in contact with her as well.

Special thanks to DJ ACID RICK for spinning some righteous discs all evening! It was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next opening!

See you next time,
Mike

 Bringing the party in a post-industrial world

Bringing the party in a post-industrial world

Dead Cities Photo at Splendorporium - opening January 6th

Hey Friends,

I've been invited to participate in a group show celebrating the Winter Solstice at the Splendorporium in SE Portland. Entry to this event is free, but a percentage of all the sales go to benefit the children's Art4life program which provides art classes and exhibits for kids ranging from preschool - 18 years of age. I have 6 pieces hanging in the show, all of them taken during the Winter. There are a lot of talented local artists participating in this event and the proceeds go to a great cause, it surely shouldn't be missed!

Splendorporium - 3421 SE 21st Avenue, Portland, OR. January 6th, 7-9 pm

 

Travels in Michigan

Hey everybody,

I've just returned from a trip through Michigan, so there's been some substantial updates in that section of the site. Feel free to go take a look! Detroit in particular is one of the most interesting cities I've explored, and every time I'm there I discover something new that I love about it. If you ever get the chance to visit I highly recommend it, and please take the time to learn about the city's rich history.

Since I've been home I've been hard at work prepping for 2 shows I'll be having in January, as well as applying for a number of different exhibitions and residencies all over the world. The weather turning cold has definitely been a benefit in staying focused on photo editing and applying for grants. 

I'm in the planning stages of a few more photo trips, as well as beginning to discuss collaborations with other artists for my musical projects. More info on that as it develops, don't want to say too much too soon!

Thanks everyone for the continued support! Hope this Fall has treated you well.

Mike

Dead Cities at Vita Cafe / Newspace Show Opening

Hey everyone,

As of this last Saturday (October 1st) there's a substantial collection of my work up at Vita Cafe in NE Portland as part of a group show. This is personally one of my favorite restaurants in PDX and I'm very happy to be given the opportunity to hang my work there for the month of October. Feel free to stop in for some delicious food and check out all the great work on display!

Additionally, on Friday, October 7th from 6-8 pm is the launch of the On Democracy exhibit at Newspace Photo Center. I'm very proud to have been selected by the guest curator to be a part of this event! I'll be in attendance for the duration of the evening, so come out and say hello. If you're unable to make the opening night it will be hanging for the entire month of October, and there will be a handful of great free events happening based around the theme of this exhibition.

Lastly, for those of you who use Instagram, I post regular updates and travel pictures to the Dead Cities Photo account. Feel free to follow along.

Hope you all are enjoying this slow but sure transition into fall that we've been experiencing in the Northwest. Take care and hope to see you soon!

Mike

Dead Cities Photo at Bare Bones Cafe

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Bare Bones Cafe on Friday September 2nd! It was an awesome launch for their First Friday event and I was very happy to see so many familiar faces. If you missed the event my work will be up for all of September, so feel free to stop by for a sandwich and check it out.

As always, if you're interested in purchasing one of those prints feel free to drop me an email: deadcitiesphoto[at]gmail.com

Bare Bones Cafe
2908 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97214

Thanks again for all the support my friends!
Mike

Thanks for the support at this Summer's Street Fairs!

I just wanted to take a minute and give thanks to all the folks who came out to the Alberta Street Fair and Multnomah Days the past 2 weekends. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and I'm thankful and appreciative of the support I've received so far for this project! 

I have a few events lined up in the next few months that I'll send more info out about once things get solidified. As of now, I'll be displaying a small portion of Dead Cities at Bare Bones Cafe on Belmont starting September 2nd. This will be for their "First Friday" opening featuring a couple local artists and a band playing in the back room. The event runs from 6-9 pm, and I'll be sure to send out a link to the facebook event page in the coming weeks. My work will be hanging for the entire month of September so if you miss the opening you can always stop by to take a look later on.

In October I will have a few images up for the On Democracy show at Newspace in SE Portland. The selections for the show were made by Claartje van Dijk, Assistant Curator for the International Center for Photography in New York. Of the 5 pieces I submitted, 4 of them were chosen to be a part of the show. I'm very excited to be a part of this event!

I know I talked to a few of you about custom prints, so if anyone's interested feel free to email me directly and we can make it happen. I'm a portland resident so I'm available any time to put something together for you - prints, mounting, frames etc. deadcitiesphoto[at]gmail.com

Thanks again to everyone for braving the heat and coming by to chat at the street fairs. It's been a pleasure! 

Stay curious my friends,
Mike - Dead Cities Photo