landscape photography artist
landscape photography artist
Michael Hudson has been a professional photographer for over twenty-five years, as both a commercial and fine art photographer. His fine art images have been published on book covers, websites, magazines, and collected by private and corporate art collectors. He has built relationships with several fine art poster publishers for more than fifteen years and sold over 10,000 posters in that time, and he was a featured photographer in COLOR, a magazine for collectors of fine art color photography. In 2015, he self-published his first photography book, Under October Skies, with images from his ten years of photographing Acadia National Park in Maine. In 2016, f11 magazine featured his images in a 27-page feature article. In April 2017 he won first prize in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Black & White competition.
"I got my start in the world of professional photography when I photographed Princess Diana and the British Royal Family during the late 1980's. That experience taught me 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 photography.
"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.
“I often look for large, bold areas of color in my images. Years ago, when I was starting out, I used black and white film almost exclusively; color printing was expensive and difficult to do correctly. Today though, far more of my images are made in color than black and white. But, thanks to my monochrome 'upbringing', I still create all my images very selectively– there has to be a good reason to work in color.
“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, and not just photographers; Impressionist painters such as Monet and Renoir are just a couple, and photographers like Robert Farber, David Ward, Nick Brandt and Michael Kenna have also inspired and taught me. I was also very influenced several years ago by the work of renowned English photographer Charlie Waite, whose book, The Making of Landscape Photographs, helped me slow down, study the composition, and pay attention to every element before I commit to making a picture."
Michael Hudson was born in Australia, and grew up in Australia, the United States, and in England. He currently lives near Chicago. He's available for commissions and assignments, and is seeking gallery representation.