About the Photographer -

Mike Williams is a nature and landscape photographer living in Central New Jersey. Mike started doing photography in his early teens. Using his grandfather's enlarger, trays, and safelight, he set up a darkroom and learned to do his own B&W developing. In high school, he photographed events for the school newspaper and discovered a love for photographing landscapes and architecture on a trip to Italy. Over the years since that time, Mike has continued to work on his skills as a photographer. He is now retired from a career in pharmaceutical research and able to devote more time to his photography.

Mike’s images are recognized for their serene peaceful nature and have been selected for the healing art programs of several New Jersey hospitals and clinics. His work has also appeared in juried exhibitions and galleries in New Jersey including the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council Gallery in Newton, the Marie L. Matthews Gallery in Princeton, Gallery 14 in Hopewell, the 70 South and Atrium Galleries, and the Morris Museum in Morristown. His work has won awards in Light, Space, and Time Online Art Gallery and Colors of Humanity Gallery exhibitions and in the Hillsborough Cultural & Arts Commission Art & Photo Exhibit. Mike
 received a special recognition award in the Manhattan Arts International exhibition: The Healing Power of Art "Inspiring the Positive".

Artist Statement -

The challenge for a photographer is to breathe life into a two-dimensional image – to make it appear to the viewer that the original scene is before them. It is through the skillful use of light, contrast, color, and composition that an image takes on depth and dimension allowing the viewer to experience the emotion that compelled the photographer to make the image.

Growing up in Virginia, I often explored the woods, fields, and streams near my home. Now I go exploring with my camera. I strive to create images that allow me to revisit places I found moving or peaceful, mysterious or enchanting. I want to feel that I could reach into the image and touch the leaves or feel the water rushing by. I am glad to be able to share these experiences and I hope that you enjoy visiting some of the places I have explored.

If you would like more information about any of the images, please contact me.  There is a story behind each one.

- Mike
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