About Me

Hello, My name is Michael Falk and I am a Photographer currently located in Trenton, MI.  Trenton is part of Michigan’s Downriver Community and is located about 20 minutes south of Detroit.

I’ve had a strong passion for photography for pretty much ever!  Even when I didn’t own a camera I still felt a strong connection to the work of others and the emotions they tried to evoke.  Once armed with my first DSLR I set out to seek these strong emotional connections in my own work.

At first I set out to take pictures of nature, landscapes and the environment around me.  I would step outside and just go on random adventures around my neighborhood in search of “the unknown”.  I’m sure I captured a lot of images that every new wannabe photographer seeks out with their first camera.  Still, I was excited by them and it was fun.  It was fun to return home after a day out shooting and see the results of my hard work.

One of the Photos from my first outing out with my new Camera.  I was really proud of it at the time.

One of the Photos from my first outing out with my new Camera. I was really proud of it at the time.

Here’s how it went.  Go out shooting, upload to computer, make a few quick adjustments in DPP (free and only software I owned at time), post them on Facebook and wait for my friends and families opinion.  Naturally, friends and family are always quick to give praise.  “Your so good”  “Awesome shot”  You know – the stuff friends and families do to encourage you.  It wasn’t until I started joining a few Photography groups, networking with other photographers, etc that I began to receive real feedback.

Sometimes the truth can hurt but it was always the kind of criticism that is constructive.  It was like “You know, this is a good image but if you did this the image would be stronger in composition”, etc.  Plus photographers always use this technical jargon that makes you go home and Google stuff so unknowingly they facilitate learning.  Photographers are really good people to hang out with.  It’s also this type of comradery between peers that really trained my eye and made me strive to be better.  Not so much better then some other photographer but just better then the photographer I was yesterday.

I did get better and my initial fascination with nature and landscapes consumed me for a while until one day I decided to plan a trip to Asheville, NC.  Originally, I planned to go hiking and capture some great landscape imagery.  You know, mountains, sunsets, streams, rivers, waterfalls, maybe some wildlife.  This was the goal but then something happened.  Even though I really enjoyed capturing the beautiful mountainscapes surrounding Asheville I started to realize that my fascination with photography was expanding.

Saw these two strangers Embrace and thought - wow, great photo opportunity.  Asheville, NC

Saw these two strangers Embrace and thought -wow, great photo opportunity. Asheville, NC

To my surprise it was the city that was speaking to me, the downtown, the bustling of life.  It was alive with people and each one of them carried a silent mystery.  It was then that I started to appreciate the beauty, intrigue and wonder in people.  I guess it was street photography at the time, just random strangers wondering onto my make believe stage.  The results were always hit and miss but I loved that unpredictability.

Upon returning home I decided to take to the streets and pursue my new found passion.  One problem, suddenly it felt weird.  For some reason taking photos of people on the street in a foreign unfamiliar town didn’t seem as intimidating or weird as it did in my own familiar corner of the world.  Perhaps it was the tourist mentality, “Sorry if you just happen to be in my photo but I’m a tourist and I need a picture of this fine street you are standing on.”   Whatever it was I was now back to my more shy timid ways finding it hard to raise my camera at a stranger.

That’s when I joined a few other photography clubs that were more oriented toward photographing people.  Suddenly I found myself involved in fashion shoots, portraiture, pretend weddings (one real), theater performances,  and a variety of other events involving the photographing of people.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love and long for the candid spontaneity of street photography but planning a photoshoot has its creative merits as well.

Today if you were to ask me how I view myself as a photographer I would tell you that I still feel as if I’m a photographer in the making.  Truthfully, I think this will always be true of me.  I have these ideas, these visions and I’m still trying to see myself there.  My goal is to marry my love of landscapes to my passion for photographing people and essentially combine the two.  I’m making ground but every day I find there is something new to learn on the way to becoming the photographer I want to be.  That’s OK though because this is one journey where endless learning seems OK.

One comment

  • May

    Woow! I can tell you have a talent with words as much as you do with your eyes! Your autobio has really striken a chord in the photographer in the making I am! I am inspired! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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