STUDIES


studies currently provides a hub to the galleries found on the portfolio / personal website. as such, all gallery links reroute to said external site: michaeldcavanaugh.com






• the selected collection of images serve as a reflection of the final three days spent with my aunt. referring to the roots of my own photographic development, the process behind this body of work was largely informed and executed through a snapshot philosophy and aesthetic. this intuitive and straight form of photography was employed to facilitate a practice that was void of the pattern of disconnect i'd found prevalent in years of recent work. moreover, this shift marked a return to a state of intimacy and candidness that had nourished my love for photography as a young artist. it was through this rediscovery of an equally deliberate but far less cynical perspective that i attempted to interpret, mourn and celebrate the narrative weaved by a woman who i have always held in the highest regard.

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northwest topographics is a developing body of work that seeks to navigate and interpret contemporary, vernacular landscapes and their embedded cultural signifiers through a study of formal aesthetics.

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surface is a young and tentatively titled work in progress that has been informed largely by a reconsideration of its sister study, northwest topographics. with an emphasis placed upon modes of perspective, properties of space, and the convergence of visual plains, surface seeks to explore constructed, vernacular landscapes through the formal consideration of line, shape and dimension. the selected images are intended to operate as a proof of concept.

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THESE DAYS



these days is a body of work centered around a year long survey of the identity sought and friendship forged by three twenty-somethings taking their first steps from home. created over seven years ago and shot on a hand-me-down point-and-shoot, these images are intended to operate as straight and often intimate snapshots. additionally, the selected photos work to consider my first steps in establishing a photographic practice and early development as a young artist.

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WOMEN'S MARCH



• portland, oregon 2017

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