An established artist
I'm delighted to be able to share a sampling of my earlier photography. These come from bodies of work begun when I was "living behind a camera" in small town Ohio. A camera was my sword, my shield, my close companion then, and when I moved out into the wider world.
Photography was a passing interest, at age seven, when Cousin Bill gave me a box camera. At age thirteen it kicked in hard, and from then on was a solid pursuit. I was hooked. I became a kind of local treasure, winning contests with a good eye for composition and a whole lot to learn.
I've looked back at some of my earlier work, after four decades as a professional photographer. I chose the period from ages 7 to around 47, and pondered its influence on my contemporary work. I see that I had a fascination with movement as well as light. I see that I developed reflexively and intuitively in capturing the essence of a moment. I see that the innate compositional sense expanded. And so on, all insights giving me a chance to pause and reflect as I go forward in my photographic career.
At the age of 48 a major shift occurred. I found my personal photographic voice. But that's another story, one that sprung from the early fascination. I see now what I saw back when, as the evolution of my transition into fine art photography.
---Michael Philip Manheim