Michael Strickland was born in the Great Plains of Western Kansas, where the wide open landscape inspired him to pick up the camera late in his teens. Art always played a large part of Michael's life. He graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy and studied jazz in New York City before settling down and getting his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas. The technical aspect of digital photography came second nature to Michael and soon he desired more. A few years into his career as a landscape photographer, he fully immersed himself into the analog world. He now exclusively works with an 8x10 large formate camera, a medium format 6x7 and 6x17 panoramic camera. In the fast-paced digital age, film slows Michael down and forces him to truly give his all with each individual exposure. 

Michael now resides on the central coast of California, where he has the incredible opportunity to photograph some of the world's finest landscapes on a daily basis. He enjoys photographing and exploring areas close to his home to study the light carefully and understand the landscape on more of an intimate level. Though he enjoys traveling to exotic locations with camera in tow, Michael is always finding his way home to explore the places he knows and loves. Whether he's on the cliffs of Big Sur, in the backcountry of Yosemite, or on the plains of western Kansas, Michael will always love the landscape he calls his home.

In early January of 2016, Michael released his first self-published fine art photography book, which features his extensive photographs created in his home state of Kansas. This book has already sold numerous copies to his collectors across the United States. He is offering the first 150 books as signed and numbered copies, before releasing them completely to the public. 

Michael Currently works with a Linhof Technorama 617 SIII, a Mamiya 7II, and an Arca Swiss F-Line 8x10 and exclusively uses Fuji and Kodak color film stocks. 

In the Gear Bag