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Welcome to the information page, here you can find out more about this website and Craig Micheli himself through a conducted interview, downloadable pdf book.portfolios and his professional curriculum vitae.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I am a creative visual artist who is extremely passionate about architecture, surrealism, abstraction and location photography such as fashion, and cosplay.

I am equally as enthusiastic about these genres and love to create images ranging from dark and moody, to bright and bold, dedication, determination and a need to create visually appealing images are just a small part of what drives me. My signature style is a high use of clarity and contrast within post production, allowing me to produce sharp images that are high in detail and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

 

Q & A With Craig Micheli

Craig Micheli

Q: What was your first experience of a camera and why did you choose to become a photographer?

 

A: Their had always been cameras in my family, I remember my parents, and also my grand parents cameras, a lovely collection of old Kodak and Leica cameras in the cupboard along with several photo albums that I always loved to look at, my mother hated her picture being taken but on very rare occasions, we would grab a sneaky shot, I remember my father buying me a polaroid camera when I was aroun 8 years old, but we could never afford the film to use it, so it stayed in my collection for many years unused, sadly, it was damaged and desposed of by accident, something that I deeply miss and regret happening. Like most people, I used a camera as an occasional hobby camera, something to document an event. The digital age and the rise of smart phones made photography a little more accessable and on my 36th birthday, my now wife bought me a Pentax LS 1000 Compact camera, my first shot was an extremely lucky one and at that point, I realised that I really do love the idea of pjhotography.

The image can be seen below.

 

'Woodlouse', 2014, Pentax Optio LS1000

Q: Was the Woodlouse a lucky shot and why did you feel that it was justifiable as a career choice?

 

A: I was primarily a 'Lucky Shot' as a lot of photography can be, capturing a single moment in time, sometimes you take a hundred shots and don't get the result you're after, and sometimes, you get it first time round, that's the nature of photography, although I didn't know that at the time.

Having always been a creative person, drawing, painting, jewellery making, working with mediums such as clay and card, wood and fiberglass, this was just another outlet.

I surprise myself, and my now wife Rachel with my sudden decision to go to college. I had lost my father July 2013 to Alzheimers, and my mother in the December to various health issues and was lost, I was out of work and needed to feel like I wasn't wasting my life, loosing both parents at 34 left me feeling empty and alone.

College was my way of getting back out into the 'real world' and starting all over again.

Q: College, what course did you study, what did you learn and how did you find the application process.

 

A: Originally, the course was labelled as Photography, Media and Graphic Design, I had only wanted a simple photography course, although I have always had a passion for movie cameras, having owned a camcorder since the age of 18, with early experimentation using Ulead Video Studio, but unfortunately, the sole photography courses were aimed at the 16 to 18 age group.

My course title was later changed to Art, Media and Graphic design with me specialising in Photography, the course title was changed to make it more accepted within the arts community.

With the loss of my parents, it was my sole responsibility to clear my once family home, I had come to realise that over the years, my school qualifications had gone missing, they would be around, but, wher, was the question, I applied for college anyway, and started workon an early portfolio as a through the lens photographer, shying away from editing.

Someone saw something in mr, had faith and gave me a chance, my grades were not that good from what I could recalect but it didn't matter, someone had faith in me and I was on my way to rebuilding my life with my family, it wasn't bad but I was stagnating.

So, what did I learn, well, I learnt how to wast time and money, rolls of film and a hundred sheets of paper whilst experimenting, I learnt the basics of studio lighting, the technical skills involved in working a camera, processing film and images in a dark room, I learnt a hundred ways how not to do something and I learnt how to mount prints and the basics of

Videography,and interviewing, the correct use of a boom mic, InDesign, iMovie and Photoshop, and finally, how to exhibit work.

Q: After colledge what have you been doing?

 

A: Well, I was preparing to go to university to continue with my studies in photography, I was aware that with no qualifications my chances were slim, I had contemplated doing a simple maths and English course at colledge in a worst case scenario, but had decided to start making telephone calls and sending emails, pure determination was what had driven me and I wasn't intending to stop

Q: How did the application process for university go, and what are you currently doing? Are you still a photographer?

 

A: The application process went as expected, difficult, I had many phone calls to make and emails to send, I needed a merit from my college course to qualify for university, I managed it and I guess, that qualification had been enough, strength through adversity, I had dealt with a lot of heartache to get where I am today.

I am currently in my final year of university having had a brief spell out.

I am no longer a 'Through the lens' photographer, I feel that it was my excuse for not being able to use photoediting at the time but I have learnt a lot about photography and myself over the last four years.

Q: At university, what have you learned so far and what photography do you prefer?

 

A: I have learnt a massive amount of information, although, I will say that a considerable amount has come from YouTube and Lynda.com.

I have learnt to use photoshop indesign and lightroom for editing, how to work in a studio and dwith others, darkroom processing for black and white film with a brief stint working on colour negatives using an enlarger and colour photopaper.

I have already had a successful exhibition back in 2017 showcasing my work in a group show, the production of two self published books and video work on Vimeo.

 

I have worked on most types of photographic genres but find that I have a real passion , abstract work, cosplay, surrealism, toy photography and location fashion photographer. Q: At university, what have you learned so far and what photography do you prefer?

 

A: I have learnt a massive amount of information, although, I will say that a considerable amount has come from YouTube and Lynda.com.

I have learnt to use photoshop indesign and lightroom for editing, how to work in a studio and dwith others, darkroom processing for black and white film with a brief stint working on colour negatives using an enlarger and colour photopaper.

I have already had a successful exhibition back in 2017 showcasing my work in a group show, the production of two self published books and video work on Vimeo.

 

I have worked on most types of photographic genres but find that I have a real passion , abstract work, cosplay, surrealism, toy photography and location fashion photographer.

Q: That seems like you're aiming for at least five separate genres, shouldn't you focus on maybe one or two instead?

 

A:Whilst I appreciate that, I find that those genres are where I would like to work, the shape and form of architectural structures are fascinating to me, being able to crop them to create something abstract is something that I truly love, toy photography is another, I still own my toys from being a child myself, have I not grown up? Well, yes, but I love collecting toys, arranging them in poses and creating scenes to photograph is a good way to have fun, relax and work, it's the ultimate mixing work with pleasure job.

Cosplay, I am a prop maker and collector, I own several screen/movie accurate costumes and that's why I can photograph people who cosplay too, do what you love. fashion photography, I love charity shopping, with 2 daughters and a step daughter, I shop for them quite often, I actually buy more womens clothes than my wife.

 

So, as for the multiple genres, I could've put wildlife, such as my woodlouse image but although I can do it, it doesn't interest me and I feel that it would be reflected in my images, so if I can't be passionate about it, how could I ever convince a client?

Q: So, what is YOUR style and what do you bring into the images you create?

 

A: I guess that I have different styles depending onn the type of projects I do but I feel that high contrast and clarity are two on my signiature traits, that along with bold vibrant colours and attention to detail.

I prefer images to look sharp, something that really pops, but I am also interested in more surreal images with a dark gothic twist, a narrative behind the image is always something that grabs my attention, wonder and mystery too.

Q: As you are interested indifferent genres that have different styles, do you think you could effectively work on projects tinvolving these and can you name any people, photographer or creative who has influenced your current or previous work?

 

A: Yes, I do feel that I am more that capable of working to these specific henres because they are what I am extremely passionate about, If I didn't like horror type photoshoots, I would rather someone else did them that do like that specific theme, as it happens, I love horror and gore so it would bery much suit me, I would like to work at a concert as a gig photographer, not my style, not my thing and not something I could put my heart into.

 

I have had influences within previous work from Alan Teger through his black and white bodyscapes, having experimented myself, I steered away from nudes and focused on the toy photography aspect, I was then influenced by Slinkachu, who photography scale model people and the vast lego photography community.

Cosplay photography just comes naturally to me, similar to the toys in terms of creativeness, for cosplay I get the chance to buy or make props and costumes, so I guess the film and fantasy industry are a big influence to me.

Set building and staging scenes are what I would love to do, having been in the props department of an amateur dramatics society, I was able to create different scenes, arranging and purchasing clothes, working with people and applying nail art, set dressing too, I guess Gregory Crewdon s work is me, what I could and would like to do if I could, Tim burton, Sir Stanley Kubricj and Quinten Tarrentino are big influences within the movie industry, dark, surreal and intense, I would like my films and photography to reflect that where possible.

I could go on but we have to draw a line on name dropping.

 

Q: Somebody is looking for a creative to work with, primarily a photographer, you are required to give a brief list of ypur skills and what your best attributes are so that you may be considered for the job, what are they?

 

A: Okay, I am dedicated, hard working and reliable, a team player and able to take charge where needed, I can work on my own initiative and handle stress with ease in a work environment.

I have experience in a studio environment, working with still life and models, I have my own camera and studio equipment, plus I have experience working with analoghe equipment, darkroom etc

I am able to work with Adobe products to a good standardand deadlines are always met on time which I take pride inI over the years I have been a prop maker and collector with experience in theatres working with actors male and female.I have been responsible for the building of sets, videography is a passion of mine that I have done on occasionan and I like to work with different mediums whenever possible.