You are a barber by trade, and an amazing one - when did you know that you had a desire to capture and share your photography?
I've always had a passion for art, and I've been drawing ever since I can remember. I love fashion and music, and used to do styling for short films and sing in a progressive metal band. Photography is just another creative outlet for me. I've been perusing it for the last 3 years.
In this age of cameras built into cellphones, do you take pictures on your phone or do you use an actual camera? If so, what type of camera?
I take pictures with my phone and make it more artistic by shooting different angles and using effects. I use what I have for now, but would love to buy a camera in the near future to get better quality and details.
Do you plan for time to go out and capture images or do you take photos here and there as you go throughout your day?
It is more about "capturing the moment" for me. If I see something interesting in the aspect of colors and angles or anything that I think would look good as a photograph, I'll stop what I'm doing and take a picture.
How does you full time job as a barber translate into your approach for taking photos? I know from hanging photos with you at the shop that your eye is quite good!
I am a perfectionist at my job as a barber and my clients know that! I don't like to leave out anything for the chance, and risk a haircut coming out not looking good. I see everything, every piece of hair. I treat my artwork the same way.
You are originally from Israel, how does your childhood in a different country inspire your approach to photography?
I grew up in the city of Jerusalem, a place that is very rich in history and culture. Jerusalem has spiritual energy, and that by itself inspires any creative individual. Also, growing up, I was surrounded by artistic friends (who later became musicians, fashion designers, photographers etc). Being surrounded by such people pushed me to develop the creative side in me as well. Photography has a universal language with which I can express myself.
What's next for building your photography craft? Are you seeking any type of arts + photography education?
I would love to take some additional photography classes and develop the skill further. I'd like to do more exhibits in the near future and reach a wider audience.
Tell us a bit about the photos you have shared with us @ Local.
The photographs reflect how I see the American culture. It is about my life as a barber. The pictures I have chosen have a dark vibe, capturing the spirit of Halloween
follow Mike on Instagram @mikey_thebaba.barber