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Long Island Artist - Michael Witten
Michael WittenI have had the immense privilege of living near our Long Island beaches for most of my life. Salt runs through my veins like a rip current. I grew up as a nature boy, a water rat, always exploring anything relating to nature, science, and the ocean. It provided limitless opportunity for me to learn, from a very early age, the ability to appreciate the beauty, the power, and the mystery that lurked just beyond the reach of the everyday mundane. I attended S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook where I received my BS in both Biochemistry and Earth and Space Science. The following twenty years were spent working for a corporation in a science related industry. It was at this point in my life that my interest began to shift from science to art. I began to develop my skills in landscape photography. Soon after, I dove into portraiture photography. It was here that I self-taught, and grasped, the more technical aspects of photography. However, I always gravitate back to the beginning, to that lens through which I view the world. My thirst and fascination with the beauty that is just beyond, yet all around us. That place where I find my inner peace.

The Ocean is my passion. To me, it is humbling, affirming, contemplative, meditative, hypnotic, inspirational, divine, - it is my church. I have had the most incredible peak experiences of my life immersed in it -- glimpses of a kind of altered perception from everyday reality. My photography became a way to try to somehow capture these experiences so that I could somehow share them. I don't always succeed, but sometimes, I do get a photograph that captures aspects of these moments.

Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll go to the beach. And make more photographs.

Thanks for looking. Enjoy!

Michael Witten currently resides in Babylon, NY. where he enjoys the Ocean, the north wind in summer, moonshine on his sails, and sharing his lens on beauty.

Michael Witten Long Island Photographer
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