My name is Mike Worley and I currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky USA.
Artistic Expression Photography
If you’re like me, you appreciate artistic expression. Photos which show detail and nuance beyond the ordinary image capture, draw you in. They allow you to see the intricacies of objects you don’t experience in every day living.
The focus of the main body of my photography brings you those details. From the clash and spray of two water drops colliding to the magic of a bee resting on a rose, I look for images that bring a fresh perspective of our world. It’s a perspective I hope you can envision gracing the walls of your home, as they do mine.
Beyond the Close-Up
Not all of my art photography features such close-up views. Perhaps you enjoy the tranquil nature of a lake scene or the nuances of an antique door. If so, the Nature or Architecture / Landscape galleries are there for your enjoyment.
My Photographic Beginnings
I was first drawn to photography in high school. I had the opportunity to take portraits of a group of ballet dancers and I was happy with the outcome. However, taking a camera with me on every trip was not something that came naturally to me. Even when I took a camera on a trip, I often forgot to take more than one or two pictures. Conversely, my brother, Roger Worley, has been an excellent photographer his entire life.
Then, in 2016, I had an opportunity to travel in Europe for two weeks with expenses paid by someone else. The trip was very structured so I only needed to go along and concentrate on enjoying my surroundings … and photographing them. I was hooked.
Once I started regularly taking photographs – and learning the ins and outs of processing digital photos with a computer, I wasn’t sure what I wanted my focus to be. However, after a short time, I discovered street photography – capturing images of people being themselves in everyday situations. I was sold on that as my primary genre for a couple of years. However, with the social distancing requirements in place in the spring of 2020, there were few people on the street to photograph.
I began placing more emphasis on close-up and macro art photography — things I could do mostly in my studio. I found that I particularly liked the art aspect of these photos. A few of my prints adorn my walls and I thought others might enjoy them too. So I am shifting focus to that type of work. I have created a gallery of my art photography and all photos are for sale as prints or digital downloads.
That does not mean I will no longer photograph people. However, increasingly in my street photography, I enjoyed taking more posed street portraits of people I talked to on the street. Because of that, I decided to change my ‘people’ focus more in the direction of portraiture and headshots, a more formal expression of the direction I had been going. While I am still in the process of making that change, and all that it implies such as a studio and more formal organization, I’m learning more each day.
I’d like to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments below and I will respond as quickly as possible.