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environmental portraiture and photo-illustration

Michael Llewellyn is an award-winning editorial and advertising photographer specializing in environmental portraiture and photo-illustration.  He creates uniquely iconographic imagery through his extensive experience in composition, lighting, compositing (both in-camera and digital) and lithography printing.

Influenced by the modernist figurative painting and illustration of the Eastern European artists of the 1920s and ‘30s that he was exposed to while studying at the University of San Francisco, his talent for witty in-camera color composite work resulted in his first Time Magazine cover in 1992 when he was only 29 years old.  Since then, his assignments in the recording, publishing, and advertising industries have taken him around the world.

Llewellyn’s innovative work, widely known for its unique style and technical excellence by his peers, has garnered awards and acknowledgements from Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, Kodak International, Hasselblad, American Photography, Photo District News, Applied Arts, Uber Morgan, Blad, the British Journal of Photography and The Crocker Art Museum.

 
 
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clients include: Gatorade, Coca Cola, Ford Motor Company, Nike, Allegra, Philip Morris, Duracell, Bank of America, Robert Mondavi Winery, Warner Bros. Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Bertelsman Music Group, Time, Esquire, Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Fortune, Popular Science, Entertainment Weekly, Greenpeace and many more.

 
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STORY

PICTURE THIS

Picture This is a series of hands-on interdisciplinary photography classes for teen youth engaged in the juvenile justice system who, for privacy reasons, don’t have access to digital cameras or cells phones.  Over the course of 24 classes, artist Michael Llewellyn guides students through the 500-year relationship between scientific discovery and photography, on a journey of self-reflection and individual creativity.

Picture This highlights the historic uses of the camera to explain the human physiology of perception, the properties of light, perspective, composition and motion, as well as the role of the camera in bringing scientific advances into the public realm.  

Working with shadows in the field.

Working with shadows in the field.

At its core, Picture This introduces students to the idea that creativity is a means of self-expression and that self-expression is a dynamic between aspirations and limitations. Students learn to use photography as a creative medium to further self-reflection, transformation and growth. Using examples from artistic and scientific historical records, slide show presentations move through time: from the effect of the first camera – the camera obscura – on drawing and painting, through to the zoetrope, the precursor to both motion picture and .gif technologies.

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Classroom set up and installation ready for student participation.

Classroom set up and installation ready for student participation.

Learning about sequential photographs.

Learning about sequential photographs.

Boys developing personalized cyanotypes.

Boys developing personalized cyanotypes.

Tracing a favorite celebrity with a portable camera obscura.

Tracing a favorite celebrity with a portable camera obscura.

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DESIGN

FOREST ⇌ FIRE

FOREST ⇌ FIRE is a creative place-making project, developing in partnership with Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District, U.C. Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station, and Nevada County Arts Council. It will be an interdisciplinary, multi-sensory, interpretive installation designed and curated by artist Michael Llewellyn. Flowing thematically through past, present and future, the works of multiple artists will tell the story of the Forest and its relationship with Fire. Of how, since the Ice Age, Native American people, using low intensity fire, created and maintained the biologically rich, old growth forest. Of why our forests are currently in ecological collapse.  Of what can be done immediately to bring our forest back into equilibrium (⇌) with fire in order to prevent its loss altogether and to exponentially increase its benefit to each of us individually.  FOREST ⇌ FIRE will include two public engagement platforms: Fire Circle connecting citizens to the changing landscape of future forests and Forest Home giving children an opportunity to participate in the exhibit and express their feelings about living in a fire prone forest.  FOREST ⇌ FIRE is supported by a host of collaborators— including loggers, environmentalists, wildlife specialists, regional native tribes, land managers, and artists— and will debut in October, 2020, in Truckee, California.


Western US forests are in ecological collapse. Wildfire is sweeping through at unprecedented scale and intensity while native bark beetles destroy entire stands. Climate change is only making things worse. The good news is that the problem was largely created by our short-sighted management policies, so we can fix it. But we need to act soon, and at scale, to preserve our forests and our water supply.

We believe that artists illuminate truth, offer transcendent experience in a literal world, create raw material for science, challenge us to see and feel, and connect us to the most critical issues known today. They connect us to our common humanity.

The combined challenge of climate change awareness, forest fire education and cultural adaptation is central to the future of all inhabitants in the western United States. [Gallery of Images here.]


Contemporary Art has the power to re-imagine outdated narratives, to create powerful new metaphors, and to foster the collaborative change we all need to embrace for our collective survival. Important artists, scientists, timber innovators, industry experts and policy makers will converge to share vital information and proposed responses to this increasingly daunting situation. Our goal is to inspire meaningful conversation about our culture’s relationship to forests and fire.
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SUPPORTERS AND COLLABORATORS

NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL

SAGEHEN CREEK FIELD STATION, UC BERKELEY

TRUCKEE DONNER RECREATION & PARK DISTRICT

THE WASHOE TRIBE OF NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA

THE NISENAN PEOPLE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

CAL FIRE

THE SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY

THE TAHOE CONSERVANCY

TAHOE TRUCKEE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

US FOREST SERVICE - TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST AND LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT

US FOREST SERVICE - PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RESEARCH STATION

FOREST⇌FIRE is made possible with support from the California Arts Council (arts.ca.gov) and Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.


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BUILD

IMAGE NATION

From 2015 through 2018, Llewellyn was the Artistic Director and Instructor for Image Nation, a collaboration between Nevada County Arts Council and Welcome Home Vets, whose purpose was to draw together veterans and the community through photography. 

The reintegration of veterans into civilian life is a vitally important task for the community.  Reintegration is a complex, multi-stage process, which can take many years. An important element for the successful and healthy returnee is the opportunity, when ready, to tell his or her story to a listening community.  The intention of Image Nation has been to give veterans the opportunity to tell their stories through a unique and powerful visual medium.

A U.S. Veteran himself, Llewellyn provided participating veterans instruction in photography over a three-year period, sending each on assignment to document their worlds.  Simultaneously, Llewellyn created character studies of each veteran.  The process enabled participants to see their world from a new perspective and the culminating exhibition of both the veterans’ works and Llewellyn’s portraits allowed our community to perceive veterans in a new light.

Thanks to the generosity of Larry and Brenda Hoyle, Image Nation resides in the form of an online e-commerce gallery, where veteran alumni can display and sell their work, with all profits benefitting them and ensuring Image Nation's legacy in perpetuity.

 

Rood Center, Nevada County Seat, Nevada City, California, 2016

Rood Center, Nevada County Seat, Nevada City, California, 2016

Truckee Donner Recreation Center, Truckee, California, 2017

Truckee Donner Recreation Center, Truckee, California, 2017

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exhibits and installations

Image Nation resulted in three public exhibitions. In 2016 and 2018 Image Nation was installed at the Rood Center, Nevada County California’s headquarters and in 2017 at the Truckee-Donner Recreation Center, Truckee, California. Each exhibit featured free-standing and floating gallery walls and walk through presentations. All lighting, design and fabrication by M. Llewellyn.

Open to the public for three months each, the exhibits were built to showcase the artistic work of veterans in the community while complementing the soaring structure and light of the existing architecture of each space.

“We believe that artists illuminate truth, offer transcendent experience in a literal world, create raw material for science, challenge us to see and feel, and connect us to the most critical issues known today. They connect us to our common humanity.”

Rood Center, Nevada County Seat, Nevada City, California, 2018

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