Creative Nature and Landscape Photography: Concept, Capture, and Process
Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer best known for his black and white Desert images which, says Broughton Quarterly, portray “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the natural world results in quiet images of depth and discovery.
Michael's fine art prints are held internationally in the private collections of the United States Embassy, Kaiser Permanente; Milken Family Foundation; The Wilderness Society, and many others. His photographs have been published in and on the covers of magazines, calendars, brochures, annual reports, textbooks, music CD’s, and newspapers, including Arte Fotográfico, Backpacker magazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefinder magazine; Broughton Quarterly; T-Mobile; USDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, and many more. Michael’s work has been awarded by the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards.
His love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled California landscapes is a cornerstone of his work. He earned the President's Gold Volunteer Service award in 2008 for twenty years of volunteer service and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Parks Conservation Association and others, and have helped to shape wildfire management, renewable energy policies, and to advance Wilderness and National Monument designation and expansion. In early 2015, Michael was a featured on-camera Death Valley expert in an NHK Japan full-length documentary film.
Michael owns and operates Death Valley Photo Tours, is co-founder of Visionary Photography Workshops, and leads workshops for The Los Angeles Center of Photography. He lives in an historic 104-year-old bungalow in Long Beach, California, with his wife Shauna, and their menagerie of rescued animals (including Mojave the dog). www.michael-gordon.com