Michael was born in Seattle. He spent his early years in the Pacific Northwest and his high school years in Norway. Both locations influencing his eye with a nod to Scandinavian design.
His early creative interests included drawing, model building and photography. After moving to New York City, he spent a number of years working in the cosmetic industry as Creative Director for a variety of brands including Viktor and Rolf, Giorgio Armani, YSL and Ralph Lauren.
Taking his design background into the world of photography he is interested in the graphic nature of the world. Michaels' interest is in making images of human creations (architecture / signage and interiors) and of the human history and culture they express.