Mike Hewlett, Savenay, France Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement I'm originally English but have moved to France where I am enjoying life near the Atlantic Coast.
I have enjoyed photography for over thirty years now and have always intended to find a way to share the images I enjoy. For those of you wondering why my images are all recent but I am claiming 30 years of photography, a roof leak shortly after the millenium ruined all of my negatives from those times. Earlydays is a reference to this being the early days of my digital photography experience.
Currently I'm starting a property management business and photography will continue to be the diversion that helps me relax and keep my mind fresh. However, the change to self employment and the flexibility that gives me will allow me time to explore more threads of my photographic interest than I have before.That business is here http://lbvfrance.com/associates.php?userid=54
I wouldn't claim to be influenced by people because I'm not sure I can claim any standard for my work and I would be weakening their name. I am a great fan of Ansel Adams for his timeless, peaceful, majestic views of the USA. In the UK it would be Heather Angel, whose natural history photographs are both inspirational and an archive record for our future. My favourite photographer though is probably Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work changed or even created modern photo journalism. His use of the new small 35 mm format with unobtrusive cameras and lenses gave reportage a whole new way to tell stories.