My name is Michael and I have been a student of photography for the past 18 years. I am a full-time photographer currently based in San Francisco, California. My professional work includes both commercial and fine art industries as a photographer, and as a printer.
My initial encounter with photography happened at Texas A&M in 2001. As I grew out of the photography program at A&M, I made my way to the Academy of Art "College" in 2003. While at AAC, AAU, I worked as a full-time camera technician in Downtown San Francisco proudly servicing the Bay Area for 5 years. Within those first 5 years, I learned a lot of the science, the interventions, and the mechanics behind the craft and the concept of "Photography" itself. I grew complacent in both my roles as a technician and photographer so I took an artistic sabbatical, sold all my photography equipment and volunteered as an Airborne Infantryman serving the U.S. Army, with pride, from 2011 to 2016. Upon my discharge from the Army, I immediately enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute, (SFAI, 2020), where I continue to expand and strengthen my conceptual and contemporary knowledge base of "Photography."
I am currently exploring more abstract concepts in my Fine Art by analyzing the Systems-Centered Theory and by undoing conventional portraiture further. Consciously, I question the idea of "representation" and the "agency" carried by myself, as the photographer all the way down to the equipment I deliberately choose to represent people with.