About - Michael Leakey Photography

I bought my first DSLR in 2002 to photograph my kid's sporting events.  Soon after that I decided to give nature photography a try.  I started with a trip to the Smoky Mountains and from there I was hooked.  I found that spending time in the outdoors at the edges of the day was inspiring....it moved me spiritually. 

Over the next few years I made repeated trips to the Smokies as well as trips to the Rocky Mountains, the Highlands of West Virginia, the Badlands of South Dakota, Maine, New Mexico, and California.  I had grand visions of photographing all the famous scenic treasures of the United States....Yosemite, Yellowstone, the desert Southwest...the list goes on and on.

However, I soon realized that two things stood squarely in my way:  a lack of time and money.  I also discovered another thing:  it's pretty easy to take a picture of the great icons...you just show up around the right time, get lucky with the light, and take the picture.  There are even newsletters and websites that pretty much tell you what lens to use and where to place your tripod!  The real challenge is capturing a unique image of these well known places.  To do that you need to spend lots of time in the field and that's a luxury I didn't have. 

For these reasons I made a decision to change the emphasis of my photographic efforts.  I decided to spend the vast majority of my time in Indiana and build a body of work that captured the hidden natural treasures of my home state.   With that I created "Images of Indiana"...my humble attempt to present unique images that might inspire others to get outside and experience the places between the corn fields. 

In 2014 my life took one of those unforeseen turns and I found myself relocating to the Pacific Northwest.  My wife and I now reside across the Columbia River from Portland in Washington State. 

What a change....I've gone from one of the least photographed (and photogenic?) states to a landscape photography paradise.  I feel like I'm starting over and the possibilities are endless.  I still don't have a clear vision of where I want to take my photography.  The main thing right now is to get out and explore.  I invite you to visit this site every once in a while to see how things are going.

You can still find my Images of Indiana work from the home page as well as other images from my travels. You can also follow me on Facebook or see some of my other work on Flickr via the links below.


Mike Leakey

December 2014

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