Micah Mackenzie is creating
Photography, Art, Mentoring of Human Beings
Because I can see more without the camera.
I am a professional photographer and artist from Sumter, SC, although my heart is firmly based in Asheville, NC where I have lived for most of the past 25 years.
As a child, I was intrigued and inspired by my mother’s photography of the natural environment. Later as a self-taught artist, I explored composition, color, layering and textures through drawing, painting and wood burning. With photography, I continue to creatively manipulate this chosen medium using a rich, multi-layered approach with a focus on portraiture and people. I'm equally comfortable taking photos in the studio or out in the real world. I love to manipulate and fine-tune photos from a studio environment, at the same time relishing the spontaneity and freshness of an impromptu street or on-location shoot.
I have always felt a strong, intuitive affinity with the visual world and my drive as an artist comes from a desire to explore and communicate with others creatively, sharing with them the unique lights inside my head. I look beyond the surface of my subjects, seeing inside to what is intrinsically beautiful and empowering - this is what shines out in my photos.
Big thanks to Ruslan Tumash for my profile photo!
I am an artist.
I live in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC, with my family. People inspire me. I photograph them. From street photography to portraits to conceptual fashion shoots, I am dedicated to living a life of love and positivity through art.
I'm a small-town boy with big dreams.. huge dreams… big enough to scare me but I never give up. To be able to do what I truly love and support my family is everything to me. Creating… it's like breathing… I can't not do it. Please understand that. Every day, I wake up happy knowing that someone or something is going to inspire me to push forward.
I have a light inside of me that I have to share. I love to see the glimmer of that light in people's eyes as I walk away from talking with them, photographing them. I know that small kindness and light has the potential to spread and keep spreading out into the world.
So where do you figure in all this? I absolutely know there are a lot of you out there who love me for who I am and what I do. I'm asking for your support to help me keep on doing what I love to do… photography, art, spreading kindness and love and laughter. I have been taking photographs professionally for about 3 years and there's a common misconception that because I take a lot of photos and I know a lot of people, I must be making a fist full of cash every month… not so. For every person who can afford to pay me what I know I am worth, there are dozens who can't and I work on a sliding scale for a lot of people and that makes it hard to keep up a level of income coming in that enables me to make art.
Using patreon, I am asking for your support. I create and share the lights inside my head with you and you support me by contributing a monthly amount for the content I make. There are a lot of options and rewards if you contribute specific amounts, but it's up to you how much you want to give and you can set a monthly limit on how much you contribute.
I see beneath the faux face… what you consciously present to the world. To me, there is so much more to people than that face. Who they really are… they sometimes don't even know or see that. They may be camera-shy, they don't think they are beautiful, they don't like having their photo taken. The inner light is what I see through my eyes and it's what I want to share thorough my work because we all have some of that, even if we think we don't. If I can show that to you, it makes my day.
So, you tell me I should go out and get a real job? This is my real job. I'm an artist. It's who I am, it's what I do. I'm going to continue doing it.
Wanna come with?