Michelle is a captivating creator based in Jacksonville. She mainly uses photography to tell impactful and empathetic stories. She is especially drawn to photography because it’s extremely collaborative.
The power behind her style is her ability to visually express something she’s had in her mind before, bringing it to life through the lens. Her portraits are refined and detailed, offering a highly desired perspective.
She likes to work in a linear form, story-tell, and prefers project-based concepts. When she conceptualizes a new project, she always starts with a new idea and the outcome of the collection, thinking about what goals the project should accomplish.
She recently presented her first full project-based concept, a digital installation: “Bold New South” after being inspired by young creatives here who live out loud. Showcasing their bold personalities and striving to communicate who they are through their appearance, the installation reminds us that we are all bold in one way or another, it’s just about how we express it.
She received a grant for the project and also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop in Vancouver where she received constructive critiques and was able to interact with other artists and photographers who are doing work similar to hers.
“EVERY MOMENT IS A GOLDEN ONE FOR HIM WHO HAS THE VISION TO RECOGNIZE IT AS SUCH.”
She finds her inspiration first and her subject helps her create the viewpoint or expression. She believes that when finding inspiration, it’s not something to be found, per se, but something that finds her. It could be walking down the street, looking at an article, or even the way a piece of grass moves on the ground. Instead of looking for it in a specific place, she remains open to inspiration coming in any shape or form.
Michelle is also co-founder of Space 42, a stunning venue in Jacksonville that offers a perfect space for local creators to showcase their work.