Micheal James Harvey
Inspirational, Intimate, Imaginative
What I Shoot
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I photograph people and places: family portraits, urban scenes, events, landscapes and nature. I point my camera at anything that captures my imagination.
Who I Am
A committed follower of Jesus, I love discovering the beauty of His creation through a camera lens, from the widest horizons to the tiniest living things. My mission is to capture beauty and make it available to others. I seek to inspire, encourage, amaze and entertain, and above all, capture memories to treasure. If I can bless others with my images then I’ve succeeded.I am a thirty-something photographer based in Cambridgeshire, but I love to travel the British Isles, Europe and the whole world in search of amazing things. There’s beauty and interest all around is, if we only take the time to notice it.
I’ve been taking photos ever since I was a child, but have only invested seriously in photography in the last few years. I started with film, trying to record my experiences on school trips and family holidays. I remember the excitement and apprehension of sending films off for processing, not knowing what you’d get back. None more so than during my Gap Year in 2004-5, when I took thousands of images to document my travels all around the world.
I’ve always been able to take the picture that I wanted, but have often been frustrated by a lack of the right tools. So since reaching adulthood I’ve been on a never-ending quest to find the right camera, switching to digital and progressing from compact to bridge cameras. I learned a lot using an Olympus bridge camera whilst travelling in Nepal and the Pacific, and took some amazing photos that I’m still proud of, but still the right functionality eluded me. I wasn’t satisfied until I moved up to DSLR, starting with a Canon 1100D Rebel.
Using the Rebel I’ve had to learn how to use and make the most of its huge versatility, growing in confidence in using manual settings. Alongside this great tool I’ve got to grips with increasingly sophisticated smartphone cameras. Currently using the Samsung Galaxy S6 I know I can take incredible images anywhere at any time. In the last few years I’ve gone from being a writer and traveller who takes photos to be a writer and photographer. With the right tools and a lot of input from others I’ve grown in skill and seen my images get consistently better, year after year.
I’ve been given great opportunities at Cambridge Community Church, where I’m part of the Photography Team. It was here that I learnt how to shoot in low-light, how to take intimate candids and how to capture the spirit of an event, be it worship, a fair or a baptism service.
Now I’m on the verge of becoming a professional, upgrading to my best gear yet and offering paid services. I’m really excited to see how God wants to use my talents and how I can bless others…