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Unconventional Lives: Photography by Michael Matthew Woodlee

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Michael Matthew Woodlee is a photographer who works to capture candid moments of subjects living unconventional lives. Michael’s photography is skillfully framed but always feels organic and intently present.

A photograph of wilderness inside Yosemite National ParkHalf Dome from above Tenaya Lake

In our previous feature of Michael’s artwork we looked at the way his images are presented as dramatic fragments of a fuller narrative. While each photo presents a great deal of visual information, the viewer is left with several possible avenues for interpreting the narrative. I also quite enjoy the lighting in Matthew’s photographs. It has a clear sense of deliberateness, but never feels contrived or false.

The front page of Michael Matthew Woodlee's art


I’m enjoying looking through Michael’s series Yos-E-Mite, in which the artist depicts residents of Yosemite National Park. Michael’s photographs of the landscape help to contextualize the individuals therein. I look forward to seeing more of what Michael has been working on in recent years.

A photograph of a woman in Yosemite ParkClaire, chipmunk research intern

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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