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The Making of Airportraits: Chasing Planes Around The World

I just spent nearly two years of my life photographing airplanes and airports. It wasn’t two years straight with no interruption, but it did occupy a good deal of my waking hours. Even if I wasn’t photographing airports or airplanes, I was planning how I was going to photograph them, making arrangements to photograph them, […]

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“Eyes Aloft: The Sublimity of Plane Spotting” published in Virginia Quarterly Review

Over the past couple of years I’ve been working to photograph airports all over the world, and a large part of that project involves photographing aviation enthusiasts who line the edges of runways with their cameras pointed skyward. Known as planespotters, these enthusiasts have actually played a very interesting part in our world economy, exposing movements […]

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Final Approach: The hidden art of aviation

While the year has been full of projects both personal and commissioned, I haven’t had much of a chance to update the blog recently. After a total website revamp that took the site out of commission for a few months, a personal project that doesn’t want to end (though is getting close!) and a two-month […]

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A long way from Los Angeles

I have not written much at all on here, which I simultaneously regret and also enjoy. I had one of the most productive summers of my life, so am loathe to say that I was ‘too busy’ to write up here, because I believe people who say they’re busy just can’t manage their time properly […]

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LA AIRSPACE Kickstarter: Halfway done, 86% funded!

I have neglected the blog on this site for the past month, which is rather unfortunate, considering all that has been going on! I recently decided that the time was right to wrap up and publish my work featuring the city of Los Angeles as photographed from a helicopter. The project is named LA AIRSPACE […]

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Architectural Photography Q+A With University of Lancashire Student

I recently received an email from a student at the University of Lancashire in Preston, England, asking for a few minutes to answer some questions for a report he’d been working on. What I initially thought would be a five-minute email ended up turning into an hour-long type-a-thon! The student asked some wonderful questions and […]

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Wine Country Pre-Fab with BluHomes in Healdsburg

Apologies for the lack of blogging lately! I haven’t been in Los Angeles much at all, with trips to San Francisco, NYC, Dubai, Mexico and somewhere else that I forget, it’s just been an absolutely manic yet totally exciting winter for me.  At the end of 2014 I was worried that there would just be […]

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Aerial photography of the labor dispute at the Port of LA and Long Beach

As anyone who follows my work knows, I’m fascinated by industry and infrastructure. For the past few weeks, a labor dispute has been unfolding at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. After flying over the area while coming in to land at LAX, I saw all of these giant container […]

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Interiors Photography: Sunset Strip Highrise in LA with NYID

While working in Los Angeles, you get to see a very, very wide variety of different architecture and interiors, and every now and then something comes along that you know you’d just never see anywhere else. Such was the case on a recent shoot with NYID, KLEAN, and White Rabbit Partners.  Natalie Younger designed a […]

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The gear post: What does Michael Kelley use to create his work?

Architectural photography is a haven for gearheads, and I frequently get asked what I’m using. So a few days ago I figured I’d lay it all out and put it to rest once and for all. I rigged up a rather hilarious setup in my living room to shoot this, and took a few hours […]

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