Mike Richards Photography

Artist Statement

My photography is not: the Act of creation.

      For the world was
    {  long  before  I  }

It is   a vision— a hope—
        an essence...   (whatever that means)

It is exploring:the world
    light;texture;color;   and their absence.

It is the Movement of Lines.

    It is     FILM ,    It is     1s&0s

It is bending objects—and the environment—to the task.

It is ringing out the saturation
    ...until your EYES BLEED.

It is about –> trying <– something.
It is failure     AND      success.

It is hack&slash(shooting-from-the-hip)
It is : p  r  e  c  i  s  i  o  n

        Most of all; {  IT IS  }


I’m a fine art photographer currently in the San Francisco Bay Area. My work focuses on abstract and landscape photography in which I employ both in-camera and post production techniques in the study of color, texture and lines. I use both film and digital in my work.

I am as interested in the process and the tools as much as the subject of the image. I’m inspired by alternative and “forgotten” methods and homemade equipment. I love when the methods give me the feel of digging in the dirt — I use Holga, pinhole, LensBaby, other modifications and alternative developing and processing techniques.

Canon 5D
Canon Film
Holga 120N
Petzval Art Lens
8x10 pinhole