Mike Williamson’s photography will be on display through May 17th. The Opening Reception will be Wednesday, May 6, 2009, from 5-7 pm at Salado Wine Seller, 841 N. Main St., Salado, TX 76571
Mike is a native of Belton, Texas currently residing in Salado. After graduating from The University of Texas in 1962, he moved to Houston where he spent his professional career at The Methodist Hospital System until his retirement in 1997.
Photography has been a hobby of Mike’s for over 40 years. Upon his retirement and with the advent of the digital camera, it became a serious hobby. He set-out to become the best photographer he could be. Mike has studied with David Hansen at Temple College, George Schaub and Arthur Meyerson at the Santa Fe Workshop, Jay Maisel at the Maine Media Workshops and Craig Varjabedian of the Eloquent Light Photography Workshops. Two of Mike’s photographs were published by Rangefinder Magazine in the January 2007 issue. He was one of five local photographers selected to exhibit his work in 2008 in an exhibition entitled Varied Visions at the Bell County Museum.
Mike’s approach to photography is to find the image most people would walk by unnoticed. The image must possess at least one or two of these qualities: light, color and gesture and ideally all three.
After viewing the pinhole photographs of Bill Wittliff in his book entitled La Vida Brinca, Mike began to learn the art of pinhole black & white photography. Under the guidance of David Hansen Mike did just that. Learning how to use a pinhole camera, develop the negatives, make and tone the prints.