05.12.2013 in15:38 in Landscapes -->
Michael J Quinn, accomplished and innovative Landscape Photographer dedicated to inspiring people to visit the natural wonders of the world through his images.
Michael depicts landscapes as truly immense places to explore, but yet engages and draws the audience into his diverse images and has been lauded for his body of work and his personal style.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1965, Michael was raised in a small suburb outside the city. His Mother, May Quinn, recognizing his passion for photography, provided an SLR as a gift for him when he was a teen A family trip to Colorado introduced him to a new and exciting part of the country…this place affected him greatly and he vowed he would again return to its beauty one day.
From there his passion and skill grew. Michael sought out the local high school photography club and yearbook staff for a creative outlet and for a place to share knowledge and skills. Although a self-taught amateur he was sought after for his skills and was commissioned for several events.
As his life progressed, photography was put on hold for a long period while Michael went to University pursuing two Engineering degrees and a Mathematics degree, started a family, and pursed his career.
His passion lay dormant until later in his life, a turn of fate provided another gift, one of an adventure when Michael struck out on his own to Colorado in 2000. The expanse and vastness of the landscape was an awakening and greatly influenced Michael in ways that would begin to be fully realized. This had been a life-long dream since his teenage years.
Re-igniting his passion for photography, He purchased a Nikon Coolpix so that he could share his Colorado adventures with his family and friends and began to hone and refine his style during his adventures around the Colorado landscape.
After several years of image sharing, Michael began to hear very positive comments about his camera work, people telling him “you have missed your calling in life” and at the advice of family & friends Michael started to pursue professional instruction under John Paul Caponigro with an adventure to Iceland in the summer of 2010.
That single trip broke the creative dam and highly influenced Michael’s creative voice and helped to hone his style and his view of the world and the people living in it. It would take another year, a couple of photographic workshops and several adventures to allow all of his knowledge and experience to collate into something cohesive, binding and unique.
Again under the instruction and influence of John Paul Caponigro, Michael was issued a challenge to create a body of work to call his own, showcasing his style and vision. It took a week’s long journey for all of the philosophies, concepts, imagery, techniques to finally coalesce into something inspiring and wonderful: Pathways in Arches.
Since then, Michael has continued to refine his vision and is currently being commissioned for several pieces of work for private collectors, continuing his journey into his own photographic voice and hopes to inspire as many people as possible in the future.
Michael has studied under John Paul Caponigro, Ragnar Th Sigurðsson, Julieanne Kost, Einar Erlendsson,Brenda Tharp and Charlie Borland.