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Kansas Light and Land - works by Michael Strickland

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Born in Liberal, Kansas, Michael is a born and raised Kansan. He grew up in the farmlands of western Kansan, appreciating the subtle beauties no one else seemed to see. Michael grew up a musician and a scientist, always striving for perfection. This led him to pursue his passions and attend Interlochen Summer Arts Camp during the summer of 2008 where he met lifelong friends and grew to truly love the arts. Interlochen accepted him into the Arts Academy, a boarding school, where he attended his final year of high school. It was here that Michael fine-tuned his artistic vision and work ethic under some of the most phenomenal arts instructors in the world. As a jazz saxophonist, Michael was drawn to New York City, where he was accepted into one of the nation’s foremost jazz conservatories to further pursue jazz. During his time in New York, Michael decided to take his life in another direction and return home to Kansas and study Aerospace Engineering. It was not long after moving back to Kansas, when a friend convinced him to buy a digital SLR. He began experimenting with different types of photography, eventually setting his sights on the nature that was so dear to him. During the late winter of 2012, Michael had the opportunity to travel to the American Southwest and experience the American landscape at its finest. It was here that his passion for photography grew exponentially. Michael’s vision has since honed into capturing the landscapes of America. His passion to capture the light and beauty of the United States comes from his heritage in the heartland and his memory of western Kansas light as a child. Michael’s aim is to always capture photographs that raise emotional connections with their viewers. Each photograph is a story waiting to be told.

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