Artist in Focus: Michael Wicks

Photographer Michael Wicks has a knack for getting viewers up close and personal with animals and spaces that are out of the ordinary. He thinks very carefully about his images and some of them are the product of three years of planning and experimentation.

The California-based artist has taken some stunning photographs and encourages viewers not to let beautiful sights pass them by! 

Read on to find out more about Michael and a special giveaway.

What is your earliest art/photography memory?

I got this old 35 mm camera from my dad when I was eight. I think it was a Konica range finder. I just shot images of family with it but loved using it.

What is your favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio?

The image of the dugout canoe.

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Idyllic, 2007

What/where would you say is your greatest source of inspiration?

Nature. Especially underwater. The creatures you see when diving really are profound.

What is the best piece of advice that was given to you in terms of photography?

Don’t doubt yourself.

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The Wave Series #4638, 2013

Are there any other photographers/artists that inspire you or that you try to emulate?

Quite a few. But I would say David Doubilet and Michael Aw are at the top of my list followed by Alex Mustard. David has been shooting underwater before I learned to swim and he’s still doing amazing things. 

What is your most important photography tool (whether it be physical or mental)?

My regulator (diving). I can take any camera down but my reg is what supports me breathing when I shoot underwater.

What is it exactly that you want to say with your photographs?

It’s not so much what I’m trying to say but rather what I’m trying to show, that there are just amazing creatures and sights out there and to not let them pass you by.

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Clown Fish Solo, 2007

We’re giving away one of Michaels’s photographs! Visit our Pinterest photography board this Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST/ for a chance to win!