My name is Mike. I make fine art photography based on a foundation of documentary methods and ethics, veracity is very important to me, to show things as they really were and to avoid constructed image as much as possible. The work often contrasts images with spoken and written language, however more recently, this appears more in how work is titled, which is an incredibly substantial element of the work itself, the titles have equal importance to the images themselves. My work explores existentialism, and each project builds and expands conceptually on the projects that came before.
My ongoing work, ‘Phantoms’, is an experimental project I began in late 2019. It began as a study of humanities very real relationship with the illusory, but this lasted only briefly. The project changed as time passed to become more autobiographic it became a document of my own escalating depression, deteriorating mental health and near suicide, it also details the process of recovery as I perceived it, and how it still impacts me. The book documents my changing perception, and the images are much more colourful and beautiful than what might be expected from the subject matter. It is not a pandemic documentary.
I’ve published three books, ‘Leather Jacket’ in 2012, a personal documentary recording the events immediately following a life changing moment, photography as catharsis; and ‘Stanley‘ in 2015, a documentary about my dad’s dad, who died some time before I was born, which combines images from the physical journey I took to find out what kind of person he was – a family man, a cancer survivor, a criminal – contrasted with conflicting accounts scrutinizing his moral ambiguity in the form of transcribed recordings with the people who knew him. More recently ‘Octopus’ was finished in 2019 and published in 2020, is a collection of images that I worked on from 2012 to 2019, the monograph was an opportunity to completely immerse in the idea of identity, to look directly at all the facets that make a person who they are, the core of conscious.
I am a graduate from USW, Wales, UK, I now work in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where my most recent images are made.
Locations: Russian Federation