About Mike

I take a camera wherever I go.

I started shooting in 1983 when my parents gave me a Minolta XG-M along with some of my grandfather's old Minolta lenses for my birthday. I took it with me to every concert I went to (which was often!) and quickly caught the eye of Relix Magazine as well as John Cipollina's manager. I was soon on my way to free shows, the photographers' pit, meeting some of my musical idols and even a (tiny) little bit of cash!

I spent lots of time shooting, developing and printing (at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco).

I lost interest at some point along the way (caused in part by Minolta's decision to obsolete all my lenses!) but then got so frustrated in 2011 when my Panasonic point 'n shoot demonstrated its profound inadequacy to shoot an important show at a nightclub in San Francisco:

I did some research and decided on the Pentax universe. I've been acquiring M42 and K-mount cameras and lenses ever since (along with picking up the incredible Sony DSC-RX100M2), and getting back to what I once loved and again love: photography.

People doing what they do best is what intrigues me. That leads me to what is now called "street photography", music photography and - since I live in San Francisco - event photography, where there are events nearly every week that are worthy photographic targets.

Give me a shout; let me know what you think. I can be available for music and event shooting. If you see a photo you would like to buy, just let me know. And if you need a photographer for something, I can point you at people in the San Francisco Bay Area (and possibly elsewhere) who will amaze you with their portrait, food, landscape, architecture, wedding and other photography skills.