2018 - Art, Wine & Jazz - Solo Exhibition - The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
2018 - 38th Annual Photography Show - Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2018 - The Wet Look - Solo Exhibition - WHIP, Ridgefield, CT
2017 - Artists & Writers - The Spring Street Arts Center, South Salem, NY
2017 - 40th Annual Member Show - The Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2017 - Framework - Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA
2017 - Present But Not Involved: Street Photography - Fathom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 - Art in the Windows - The Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2017 - Spectrum - The Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2017 - On The Street - Photo Competition - Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA
2016 - Community Photography Showcase - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2016 - 37th Annual Photography Show - Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2016 - Faces in Places, Solo Exhibition - The Spring Street Arts Center, South Salem, NY
2016 - People’s Choice Award - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Michael Graham’s journey to the world of Fine Art Photography started in the operating room..sort of. Before tearing his rotator cuff in 2016, he was working as a portrait/headshot photographer in the New York metropolitan area. After surgery, Michael spent more time in rehab than behind the camera. To feed his creative addiction, he grabbed a small point-and-shoot camera and headed to NYC for a day of Street Photography. It was there he whet his appetite for making the puddle reflection photos that have gained him recognition in the art world.
Michael is obsessed with light, especially how it works in reflections. While he could make beautiful landscape or architectural reflections, he strongly prefers to capture signs of human life. His process is simple: 1) find a puddle near people, 2) get the camera as low to the ground as possible, 3) frame the scene that makes the best use of the surroundings and 4) wait for something interesting to enter the frame.
The final step in the creation of Michael’s work happens on the computer. Many of the images are inverted so the puddle reflection is at the top of the frame. This dramatically changes the look of the shot and directs the viewer to see the image in a way the brain isn’t used to. Once the image is inverted, he uses Lightroom to make slight exposure and color tweaks.
Fun facts about Michael:
- He appeared in an episode of Candid Camera
- He has completed 4 marathons
- He is retired children's musician/entertainer known as Mister Mikey
- He is the lead singer of the original rock band Quadrasaurus
- His first camera (age 6) was a hand-me-down Kodak Brownie Hawkeye from the 1950's