Photography is my first language. My home is the Pacific Northwest where the rugged, natural beauty and individuality have inspired and shaped my photography.
Contemporary photography describes my work. I favor strong contrasts and colors, from deep black and white images to bright sunlight, dark, green rain forests with streaming light, white water waterfalls and rivers, and delicate but rugged terrain. Many of the images are shot from positions that provide no margin for error in personal safety, and can take hours to reach. My philosophy is to bring the viewer inside the image, to feel the elements from sun to spray to location, to interact with, not merely look at the image, to feel an emotional connection while creating a memory and relationship.
My images tend to result in large landscapes that can take from hours to months to produce. The end result is a fine art, limited edition print that is produced in a few select sizes, and prices, to make it possible for virtually anyone to enjoy in their own personal space.
Mike DeCesare is a transplant from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest and his photography fuses the intensity, grit, love and respect from the great cities like New York with an environmental passion, deference and insight found in the rugged, natural beauty of a high mountain range or desolate landscape in the West.
Selected for 2017 edition of International Contemporary Artists
Featured in Artsy Shark, February, 2017
Show at the Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
Selected to show in the Beverly Hills Art Show, May, 2016
Featured in the Spring, 2015, issue of Hidden Treasure Art Magazine
New York Institute of Photography