I have had the immense privilege of living near our Long Island, NY beaches for most of my life. Salt runs through my veins like a rip current. I grew up as a nature boy, a water rat, always exploring anything relating to nature, science, and the ocean. It provided limitless opportunity for me to learn, from a very early age, the ability to appreciate the beauty, the power, and the mystery that lurked just beyond the reach of the everyday mundane.
I attended S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook where I received my BS in both Biochemistry and Earth and Space Science. The following twenty years were spent working for a corporation in a science related industry. It was at this point in my life that my interest began to shift from science to art. I began to develop my skills in landscape photography. I then dove into portraiture photography where I self-taught, and grasped, the more technical aspects of photography.
However, I always gravitate back to the beginning, to that lens through which I view the world – my thirst and fascination with the beauty that is just beyond, yet all around us. That place where I find my inner peace. The Ocean is my passion. To me, it is humbling, affirming, contemplative, meditative, hypnotic, inspirational, divine, – it is my church. I have had the most incredible peak experiences of my life immersed in it – glimpses of a kind of altered perception from everyday reality. My photography became a way to try to somehow capture these experiences so that I could somehow share them. I don’t always succeed, but sometimes, I do get an image that captures aspects of these moments.
Michael Witten is a science-educated geek turned photographer. Based in Babylon, NY, he enjoys the Ocean, a north wind in summer, moonshine on his sails, microbrew craftiness, and sharing his lens on beauty.
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