On Exhibit: Avian Photographs by Michael Milicia
Published: June 10, 2012
Joppa Flats Education Center announces the opening of an exhibit featuring the nature photography of Bedford resident Michael Milicia. Avian Photographs by Michael Milicia will be held in the Center’s Juliet Kellogg French Room from June 10 through July 29, 2012. The artist will introduce his work at a free opening reception on Sunday, June 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Joppa Flats Education Center. A portion of all purchases made during the exhibit helps to support Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats.
Michael Milicia’s love of the outdoors began in childhood, when he roamed the woods of rural western Pennsylvania. Many years later, in 2005, after a 27-year career as a software engineer, he left to pursue a second career as a nature photographer specializing in birds and wildlife. In 2011, Mike became an instructor and workshop leader with Charles Glatzer's Shoot The Light Instructional Photographic Workshops.
Mike strives to create images that include an artistic element and an aesthetic appeal that transcends their role as natural history documentation. He is motivated by a love of nature, a fascination with wildlife, and the never-ending challenge of finding that perfect combination of good light, cooperative subject, attractive setting, and beautiful background that allows the creation of an aesthetically pleasing image.
Mike’s photographs have been featured in many juried art shows and exhibits throughout New England. His images have garnered awards in several national competitions sponsored by organizations including Audubon Magazine, the North American Nature Photography Association, Chasing The Light, and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Publication credits include the Boston Globe, Big Backyard (National Wildlife Federation), Palm Press Greeting Cards, and National Geographic Magazine.
During his years as a software engineer, Mike found that he was continually faced with the need to analyze complex subjects and break them down in a well organized, step-by-step manner that made them easier to understand and communicate. He finds this same approach to be quite effective when teaching photography. He enjoys working with students of all levels, whether it is helping beginners get acquainted with the world of digital photography or helping more experienced photographers take their images to the next level.