Given the opportunity to closely examine most any subject found in nature, something truly unique comes to light. For once the eye moves beyond the veneer of colors, an interplay of shape, form and texture begins to unfold and an extraordinary world of fragile grace and beauty appears before you.

Whether it be the seeming translucence of a sea shell, or a soft, low light brushing over the contours of a flower petal, I find it all to be utterly fascinating. I believe it is the depth of this "wonderment" that moves me to attempt to share what I see.

To better facilitate this communication, I tend toward more minimized compositions, with softer, more moderated lighting.

By favoring simpler compositions, I feel I can better focus the viewer and draw them not just to the subject, but, in a manner of speaking, into the image as well.

In utilizing lower and softer lighting, I find I can more selectively highlight the subtler aspects of a subject, and thereby coax textures and contours to the forefront that might otherwise have been lost to the viewer.

I photograph almost exclusively in black and white so as to better allow each viewer to instill their individual feelings into the image and imbue it with those "emotional colors" which are unique to them.

Thank You,
Michael Faragher