The purpose of my photography is to capture and express the beauty of Nature and Wildlife that has been a major influence in my life from childhood till today. My work displays a particular sensitivity for capturing the essential esthetics of wildlife. Not bound by the professional biologist’s mandate of identification and documentation, my photographs freely focus on the unique expression, composition, and movement of these subjects. Born and raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area; I have been an avid Outdoorsman, Naturalist, Scuba Diver and Award-Winning Photographer for the better part of my life and enjoy nature with a passion. My childhood and teenage years were a great adventure, as I spent all my summers, holidays and available weekends at my Grandfather’s ranch in Ocala, Florida on the Ocklawaha River or my Great Uncle’s farm in Fort Gaines, Georgia on the Chattahoochee River. These two locations offered nature, wildlife and river life at its best. The Natural World today is shrinking at an alarming rate. Many of the locations that I explored as a teenager and young adult in the 1960’s and 1970’s are no longer the pristine natural environments that I enjoyed.
I continue my outdoor adventures to this day with photography and river exploration aboard a custom designed camera boat built for the types of waters my clients and I tour for research, scuba diving, photography, bird watching or to simply access unspoiled nature at its best. I have a working knowledge of most all the navigable rivers and lakes in the Southeastern United States. My photography affords me the opportunity to convey the ‘Art of Nature’ towards educational pursuits. My Services and Galleries are available for viewing at www.mikieproductions.com along with additional information about my photographic journeys.