Samford University Library hosts a Digital Photography Exhibition: Images of Alabama by Mike Neilson.
The photographs are showcased on the main entry level around the grand staircase.
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Mike Neilson has photographed nature for over thirty-nine years and has used digital techniques exclusively for the last five years.
Born and educated in Australia, he received his PhD in geology in 1971. He has lived in the United States since 1972.
Although in his early years as a graduate student and a faculty member at UAB Mike's photographic style was purely documentary, he has evolved to a more abstract style, in which he attempts to capture images that trigger a mood or hint at a story. One technique he uses is the digital darkroom, where he combines several images in one print, thereby enhancing its symbolism. His background in the earth sciences still influences his work as he tries to capture the beauty and diversity of America's landscapes, how humans have interacted-not always beneficially-with their environment, and how a landscape carries the visual imprint of history.
His fine art photography has shown at the Cabinass Fine Art Center, Gadsden Art Association (Best in Show 2002); WorkPlay (as part of Photo Guild Exhibition) and Birmingham Art Walk.
Mike also produces commercial images for a variety of clients, including Krumdieck A+I, Golden and Associates, and Corporate Realty Associates. His commercial images have appeared in Southern Accents and Wood Design and Building magazines.
He teaches Introduction to Digital Photography and PhotoShop Elements 2 for Photographers in the Samford after Sundown photography program.