Michael Bateman

Michael Bateman lives and works in a cabin deep in the New Jersey Highlands on the banks of the Pequannock River, west of New York City and east of Kittatinny Ridge. His subjects include a rare Piebald White-tail deer, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, numerous song birds, Chipmunks, Eastern Grey Squirrels and the occasional Red Fox and Black Bear. Michael took a thirty year break from Photography when he put down his camera in 1988 to transfer to the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California, where he worked behind the camera (WAY behind the camera. Like on the other side of the 405 in a windowless office, smoking cigars and firing people.). Now, his friends back in LA don’t believe he took these in New Jersey. They think he lives in Vermont or up in Ontario. Michael is always surprised when someone likes one of his photographs (and we also mean “likes” as with his Facebook Page, Just Look at Kinnelon which has over 5,000 followers and growing).

“I’m a pretty average shooter with an outstanding camera in a magically beautiful place,” he says. He often refers to himself as the ‘Rip Van Winkle of Photography.’ Michael’s Canon 7D Mark II allows Michael to shoot over 7,000 shots in a single outing, something he likes to mention and demonstrate frequently. His shooting ratio is extremely high. “That’s not timing, that’s digital and electronic athleticism,” one often hears him say, in an apparent reference to his considerable skills at networking and data storage. Just ask him. He loves talking about it. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you. But by all means buy a print of his work and surprise the crap out of him. He thinks this is a waste of time. In any event with a camera in his hands he acts thirty years younger. Mmmmmmaybe more. But let’s not go there. -Editor

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