"Headed back out to the highway, we came across this little valley with a beautiful sky. The tracks seem to accomplish the goal of drawing the eye into the photo."
- Mike Hedrick
Prints are produced on demand on either mounted wrapped canvas or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.
“I make art because it takes me out of my worries and it gives me something to focus on. I make art because it gives me a spark and a flow that I can’t find elsewhere.”
Michael Hedrick is a photographer and writer who has used his art as a grounding point throughout some of his greatest challenges. He explains: “I was diagnosed schizophrenic when I was twenty and art and writing were the only things I could hold on to. When everything in my mind was confusing and wild I could write them down and somehow get a handle on it or get it out. I write because it’s a vent and I take photos because I’m trying to illustrate how I feel.”
Michael’s photography is a way for him to understand and share his experience of what he describes as a primarily solitary life, where he feels most comfortable. “Often in my life, I feel kind of separate and solitary so my photography has very few people in it. My images can tend to be dark and grand It makes me feel as if I’m the only person walking these places on earth and I like that feeling.”
Michael enjoys working with contrast as an artistic technique as well as a metaphor for both the light and darkness present in his life experience. “I like contrast, I feel like my work aims for an edge that portrays the dark and solitary parts of life and scenery as valuable and prominent. My photography has kind of a dark tone, it's pretty void of human interaction but the images show the beauty in their starkness and solitude. Photography is my zen, it's my therapy and it's a way for me to express myself without feeling like somebody's watching me.”
Through his participation in ArtLifting, Michael hopes to earn a regular income to be able to move out of section 8 housing, to support himself financially, and see a private psychiatrist.
Our Fine Art Paper and Photo Paper are OBA-free acid-free, 310gsm, bright white water-resistant paper made from 100% cotton. The fine art paper is a premium, flat, textured canvas paper. Our Mounted Canvas is a polycotton blend matte canvas using a pH coating that is optical brightener additive-free, acid-free, and whitening agent-free.
Each of our frames are hand built upon order to fit each piece. fine art paper and photo paper prints are framed with classic contemporary authentic wood measuring 1¼” w x ¾” h with a ⅝” rabbet with glass covering and optional white matting. Our mounted canvas prints are framed in floating authentic wood measuring ⅝” w x 2” h with a 1 ¾” rabbet.
Prints and frames are made to order and ship from within 5-7 business days of your purchase via UPS from California. If your prints arrive damaged please let us know and we will correct them for you.
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