Mike Swift is a professional fine art and street photographer based in Windsor, Berkshire in the United Kingdom. He says that he is "passionate about people photography" and spends hours in London creating iconic black and white and colour images of life in the Capital with a self confessed obcession with the Tube system there. After a number of exhibitions over the last few years he is now working on commisioned projects that start life as his own visions.

The latest project, INHABIT, which portrays the lives of the Stanbrook Abbey Sisters, nuns who built a brand new Monestary on the Noth York Moors. He decided to live with them for a week to capture them in their daily routines. Mike said "It is one of the most moving experiences of my photographic career to be priviledged to sit in a service with the 28 sisters while they spent an hour chanting their prayers in Latin.

The project for 2016 was called STILL NOT ROOM TO GRAZE A COW and featured the people of Slough that Mike had worked with for over 30 years in his career, starting as a junior photographer on the local Slough Observer Newspaper. This acclaimed exhibition was installed in the brand new arts and cultural centre The Curve when it opened in Slough in October 2016. Negotiations are currently underway to display it again in the art space there but with an expanded installation than that the 12 images at the opening.

2018 heralds the return to a previous project. Mike is returning to the idea he started 5 years ago called IN HER ELEMENT. More on this as the concept progresses but he reckons this will be his best project yet.

Mike is currently the Chief Photographer for Newsquest Berkshire based in Slough and Reading. He is still with the same groupp of newspapers that he stared with as that junior photographer back in 1987

 

 


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