Michael’s first camera was a box camera that he purchased at age 7 with two cereal box tops and 25 cents in the late 1950’s. His first experiences with darkroom printing were at age 11 when he bought a contact printer and developer kit. He was a photographer for his high school yearbook in Brussels, Belgium and later, after returning to the United States, did some freelance newspaper photography on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Michael completed 2 years active duty in the US Navy and received degrees in Geology and Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
In addition to photography, Michael is married to artist Carol Beck and his interests include travel, cooking, computers, science and technology, listening to music, and playing guitar, bass, piano and banjo.
His photographic work encompasses portraits, landscapes, and environmental abstracts taken during his travels across the United States and around the world in over 25 countries. Michael actively expands his photographic portfolio while also offering individual photography lessons and small group photography workshops on Amelia Island.