Mike DeCesare

Born in: 1950, United States
Lives in: Spokane, Washington, United States
Describe your art in three words: Once and Always
Discipline: Photography
Education: New York Institute of Photography, graduate
University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science
See More Work:  https://www.ProPhotoNorthwest.com

Vacancy Photography on 100% cotton rag 16 x 11 in.

"My work explores the bonds between people and nature, each picture opening a window beyond the frame, where you may find a memory you cannot forget, or a memory you have yet to create. The images are physical, but and the imprints and interpretations are purely personal, as unique as each person willing to look through the window."

What themes does your work involve?
Time is fleeting, memories are not.
Describe your creative process.
A willing collaboration is fundamental to my creative approach and process. I do not try to enforce my will upon a digital photo negative with sophisticated software skills and techniques. Instead, I treat every image as a friend, and try to see and listen to what assistance I might provide for a picture to reach its potential.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Mountains soar and oceans roar because the beauty of our natural world is the result of nature’s profound fury, created in infinitesimal movements. Who cannot be touched, moved – and inspired- by such extraordinary outcomes, never over, yet seemingly permanent. Are we any different?
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is, in my opinion, what profoundly touches you. Great art is what profoundly touches all of us.
What is the role of the artist today?
Everyday life tempts us to look outward, while the artist entices us to look inward.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist