Mike Murray

My goal is to create photographs that capture the beauty, solitude and mystery of the natural world. I strive for results that are both artistically and technically sound. I am on an endless search to capture dynamic images that create an emotional and peaceful connection for the viewer.

I am inspired by landscapes, wide vistas and intimate settings, the beauty of nature, and subjects that are representations of days gone by. I prefer to shoot in isolated areas and find that the peacefulness of isolation brings me closer to the subjects that I am documenting. It helps me to reflect on the experience of seeing.

For me, landscape and nature photography is less about getting the perfect shot and more about experiencing the wonderment of the natural world.
My "alone" time in nature gives me time for introspection about what my role is in this world of photography. It is to document so that others can experience something that they may or may never have the opportunity to see.

I shoot the majority of my photographs during the hours of dawn and dusk and am always looking for times when the atmosphere is in an agitated state.
I am a self- taught photographer beginning my artistic journey in 1984. I began shooting professionally in 2008 and have recently added group workshops through (Four Elements Photo Adventures) and individual instruction

 I am always looking for and experimenting with new techniques to grow my body of work.

Through my photographs i hope to evoke an emotion, stir a memory or generate the beginnings of a new experience.

My work is made public through Art shows, my website and local exhibits.


Permanent Displays

Wisconsin River Bank, Sauk City

Wisconsin River Bank, Lodi

Wisconsin River Bank, Janesville

UW Hospital East

UW Hospital West

UW Pain Management Clinic

UW Plastic Surgery Clinic

Wisconsin Trust Foundation

     Madison Regional Office for Economic Partnership       



My Gear

Sony A7r4

Sony 70-200 2.8 II

Sony 12-24mm 2.8

Canon 16-35mm  4.0 IS L

Sigma 14-24 2.8
Sigma 24-70 2.8

Artcise Carbon Fiber Tripod w/Ball Head
Vanguard Auctus Plus 283ct Tripod with BBH-300 Ball Head
Vanguard VEO monopod
Neweer Carbon Fiber Tripod w/Ball head


Canon 430exII Flash

Assorted Grad and ND filters