I have had a desire to create, in the physical world, what I could see and feel deep within my mind for as long as I can remember. I explored that desire professionally through various media over the years including cooking, graphic design and web design. Invariably, I consistently returned to photography time and again. Wanting to understand why I am so drawn to photography I began to ask myself what I wanted to say with my work and why working in this medium was the best avenue to make that statement.
I really think that it is the perceived act of stopping time for just an instant and being able to examine a moment, with all of its complexities and nuances, that drives me forward. The ability to tell just enough of a subject's story to leave the viewer asking questions and wanting to know more is the hallmark of some of the greatest photographers in history and a lofty goal that I seek to attain. I have been influenced by artists from just about every genre under the sun but to limit this discussion to photography I can say that among my greatest defacto mentors you will find Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Gordon Parks, Thomas Struth, Arnold Newman, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and more recently Vivian Maier.
Michael Napier Photography Dallas,Texas USA email@example.com (214) 843.1781