|photos by: Mike Conklin|
I'm an Austin fine art photographer. I specialize in documentary, product & lifestyle, travel, editorial, events, portrait, family portrait, pet, wedding & engagement, maternity, budoir, narratives, everyday stuff as art, color studies, graffiti, landscape, architecture, texture, and more.
Ѫ۞╪ Inhale: Boho, stars, classic, desert, mountains, ocean, urbania, sparkle, skulls, horns, claws, organic, texture, depth, swim.
Ѫ۞╪ Exhale: Things are magical!
Methodology & Education
I’m a purist – I shoot mostly using natural light. I don't heavily edit my work unless it's as an artistic treatment for a special project. I studied photography at The University of Texas at Austin and was classically trained in the darkroom, using a manual analog camera and 35 mm film. I developed film by hand and custom-printed photographs in the darkroom.
I still shoot film because I appreciate the original craft of photography and I prefer the results film offers. Part of a dying breed, I love the authenticity of something labor-intensive and that requires sensitive focus.
I do use digital as well - always a time and a place for everything! And I like being able to have a lower price point on digital, because much less labor and time is involved when not doing custom prints in the darkroom.
I guarantee the quality of my work 100%. Just message me if you have any questions! Darkroom prints are one of a kind, museum-quality archival photographs. High resolution digital photographic prints are printed using a state-of-the-art printer and are printed on photographic paper.
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Exhibits and Notable Experience
Photos published in American PHOTO and Popular Photography International Photo Workshop Ads, Sponsored by Kodak, Canon, etc. 1999-2001
Created advertisements for Canon, Olympus, Samsung, Rollei, etc. 1999-2001
Group Photo Exhibit, f8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin 2002
Featured artist on gawker.com since 2008
Featured artist on bust.com since 2008
Featured artist on austindaze.com, 2009
Solo Exhibit, Sambuca, Dallas 2005
Solo Exhibit, Starbucks, Austin 2009
E.A.S.T. Group Show, Snake Eyes Vinyl, Austin 2009
E.A.S.T. Group Show, HOPE Farmers Market, Austin 2010
Group Photo Exhibit, Piercarlo Abate Studio Gallery: Interpreting the Portrait: "All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." Austin 2010
Marketing Writer and Social Media Manager, Yodle Inc.2010-2012
Writer and Editor, Fusion Learning Systems 2007-2008
Freelance Writer and Photographer 2007-2008
Communications Director, Mexic-Arte Museum 2006-2007
Marketing and Events Director, Sweet Leaf Tea 2005-2006
Traveler, nomad, photographer, writer, fun-haver 2003-2005
Gallery Director, f8 Fine Art Gallery 2001-2002
Copywriter and Promotions Coordinator, American PHOTO, Popular Photography 1998-2001
Photographer's Assistant, Rome, Italy 1996
BA English, Creative Writing, University of Texas, Austin