Mike McLaughlin is a research analyst by trade who discovered the creative side of his brain after finding the North Fork of Long Island. A desire to capture and share the beauty of the Long Island Sound and the adjacent farmland is the reason he began taking pictures.
His quantitative background in combination with a passion for modern architecture has informed his approach to both composition and post-processing technique. His work is characterized by a spare and clean style as he seeks to evoke the purity of form achieved by architectural icons like Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.
After years of concentrating on mostly rural scenes this sensibility has come full circle as his focus expanded to include architecture itself. Shooting in natural light, he favors the hues and tones of twilight and many of his urban tableaus are captured “in the gloaming” or at night.
Initially self-taught he developed his skills through course work at the International Center of Photography in New York City. His work has been featured in solo and group shows across the East End of Long Island and has won numerous awards including First Place in East End Arts’ 2nd Annual National Show, and the Catherine and Theo Hios Landscape Award at Guild Hall.