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Intro


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Intro


 

Michael Hudson has been passionate about creating beautiful images since he was a teenager growing up in the rolling hills of Surrey (England). But his interest in photography goes back to when he was a small boy, spending magical nights watching old family holidays on Kodachrome slides projected on the wall. At the age of seventeen, he entered a photography competition that required shooting in black and white film, which started a lifelong pursuit of artistic photography that has only grown stronger with the passage of time. 

Mike has been a professional photographer for over twenty-five years, now living near Chicago and dividing his time between commercial photo shoots and creating fine art images. His images have been seen in hundreds of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveller, COLOR Magazine, Washingtonian, the Discovery Channel and Outdoor Photography (UK), as well as countless websites.

His fine art images have been featured on dozens of book covers, websites, magazines, and collected by private and corporate art collectors. He has maintained relationships with several fine art poster publishers for more than fifteen years and sold over 10,000 posters in that time. In 2010, he was a featured photographer in COLOR magazine, a magazine dedicated to collectors of fine art color photography. He has also been a finalist in the Hasselblad Masters and Black and White Spider awards.

In 2014, he published an ebook, The Photographers Guide to Acadia, and in 2015 he self-published Under October Skies, a coffee table photography book of his images from Acadia National Park, made over nine annual October visits to the Park.

 
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Color


“I often look for large, bold areas of color in my images. Years ago, I started out using black and white film almost exclusively; color printing was expensive and difficult to do correctly. Today though, more of my images are in color than black and white. But, thanks to my monochrome 'upbringing', I still create all my images selectively– there has to be a good reason to work in color.

I don't believe in artificially over-saturating colors or creating something that wasn't there when I made my images. Some of my photos were created through the use of multiple exposures or camera movements but all were created in-camera.

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Color


“I often look for large, bold areas of color in my images. Years ago, I started out using black and white film almost exclusively; color printing was expensive and difficult to do correctly. Today though, more of my images are in color than black and white. But, thanks to my monochrome 'upbringing', I still create all my images selectively– there has to be a good reason to work in color.

I don't believe in artificially over-saturating colors or creating something that wasn't there when I made my images. Some of my photos were created through the use of multiple exposures or camera movements but all were created in-camera.

 

Mike got his start in the world of professional photography by photographing Princess Diana and the British Royal Family during the late 1980's. The experience taught him how to think fast, work in difficult situations, compose quickly, and above all to be patient– which has been of enormous benefit when working in landscape and fine art photography.

 
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Beauty


"If there's a theme that runs through my photographs, it's the theme of Beauty. I’m inspired by the quiet beauty of the landscape. In most of our ‘normal’ lives, we’re surrounded by traffic, noise of every kind, and a thousand other things that command our attention. My life is no exception. But what happens when I’m out making pictures, is that everything else fades away, leaving the simple beauty of the landscape in front of me. It becomes a spiritual experience, and revitalizes my soul.

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Beauty


"If there's a theme that runs through my photographs, it's the theme of Beauty. I’m inspired by the quiet beauty of the landscape. In most of our ‘normal’ lives, we’re surrounded by traffic, noise of every kind, and a thousand other things that command our attention. My life is no exception. But what happens when I’m out making pictures, is that everything else fades away, leaving the simple beauty of the landscape in front of me. It becomes a spiritual experience, and revitalizes my soul.

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Photography & Light


“Photography literally means "light drawing" and without the right light, a photograph usually fails. I've been known to hike endlessly for hours, not eat all day, or to return to a scene year after year to capture it in the best light. Light is crucial to the landscape; it defines the land. The right light can transform a mundane scene into something extraordinary, if only for a few moments. And when, sometimes, it seems like you’re the only one to have witnessed that light, it’s truly awe inspiring.

"I'm interested in capturing emotions or feelings, rather than all the details in a scene. I’ve been inspired by many artists– painters and photographers– Impressionists Monet and Renoir and photographers like Robert Farber, David Ward and Michael Kenna have also been an inspiration to me. I've also been very influenced by the work of renowned English landscape photographer Charlie Waite, whose book, The Making of Landscape Photographs, helped me to slow down, study my composition, and pay attention to every element before I commit to making a picture. 

 

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Photography & Light


“Photography literally means "light drawing" and without the right light, a photograph usually fails. I've been known to hike endlessly for hours, not eat all day, or to return to a scene year after year to capture it in the best light. Light is crucial to the landscape; it defines the land. The right light can transform a mundane scene into something extraordinary, if only for a few moments. And when, sometimes, it seems like you’re the only one to have witnessed that light, it’s truly awe inspiring.

"I'm interested in capturing emotions or feelings, rather than all the details in a scene. I’ve been inspired by many artists– painters and photographers– Impressionists Monet and Renoir and photographers like Robert Farber, David Ward and Michael Kenna have also been an inspiration to me. I've also been very influenced by the work of renowned English landscape photographer Charlie Waite, whose book, The Making of Landscape Photographs, helped me to slow down, study my composition, and pay attention to every element before I commit to making a picture. 

 

 

Michael Hudson's prints hang in private and corporate collections in the US, Britain and Australia. If you'd like a consultation to learn how his photography can decorate the walls of your business or home, email info@hudsonfineart.com.