I work with non-profits and for-profit agencies, and either complete my own work or utilize work by someone else, to put together presentations that try to convey the organization's message. If this is something your organization might be interested in, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for stopping by. Mike H.
Obviously, I enjoy skiing, as well as hiking, backpacking, rafting, canoeing, a bit of kayaking, canyoneering, and occasionally climbing with friends. I enjoy being outdoors, and observing nature as it happens, as well as observing other people interacting with nature. I also enjoy watching people interact with each other and their surroundings, and, when appropriate, trying to capture not only the experience, but the moods and feelings expressed by those interactions.
My interest in photography came to the forefront while in college, when I completed the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with 13 other people in a single summer. After the trip, we all got together and swapped images we had all taken (35mm slides back then), some more than others. Each person brought only his or her best to share, and it seemed like even those folks without any real concern about their photographic prowess were able to bring a "money shot" to be shared.
That trip was such an intimate exposure to what others were thinking and feeling, and I wanted to tell a story, in pictures combined with music and presentation, capturing those thoughts and feelings. It wasn't very original, and the music was a compilation of songs from pop genre that I had seen others use for the same purpose. I did a few presentations for outdoor groups like the Boy Scouts and the Sierra Club, and I was amazed at how well received they were. It also got me thinking more about how photography can be used.
In 1985, I was part of a close-knit (or became so) group of people who successfully navigated the Continental Divide route (prior to the CDT designation) from Canada to Mexico over a 7 month period. By that time, I had purchased my own 35mm camera to shoot with, along with two lenses, and basically learned by doing and watching others. There were several full-sized, interchangeable-lens cameras in that group, so we had a lot of fun sharing ideas, and taking pictures of each other.When the trip was completed, and we simply spent time getting together and remembering the amazing experiences we had, we also shared images as slide film.
I used mine images and images by others to put together another presentation, this time with 5 music pieces that I chose myself, and delivered that presentation to a number of non-profit groups. And this time, I could feel the sense of really imparting a bit of the whole experience, in a meaningful way, to total strangers who themselves found something new. I discovered that the presentation itself WAS the experience for these folks. That sparked an idea.
Since then, I've been taking pictures and video, and composing, arranging, and performing my own work, to put together a complete package, where all or most all of it (I still swap images with folks from trips we shared - it's still fun) is my personal expression of what was a unique experience for me.
2014 PCT Hike Oregon
I've also branched out to work with non-profits and for-profit agencies, and either complete my own work or utilize work by someone else, to put together presentations that try to convey the organization's message. If this is something your organization might be interested in, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for stopping by.