Mike Best is a fine art, documentary and travel photographer based in London.
Mike’s work often features subjects that are immersed in activities or caught up in the moment. He is particularly interested in exploring themes of intense engagement or ‘flow’ as well as the use of light as a storytelling element.
His influences range from traditional painters such as Caravaggio, Vermeer, and Edward Hopper, to photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Steve McCurry.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Mike gained an early interest in photography when he began developing traditional film in his high school darkroom. He went on to study Film and Video production at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, before working as a freelance photographer and illustrator. As an early adopter of digital imaging technologies, he started working with Photoshop and subsequently taught courses in 2d / 3d graphics and animation.
In 1998 Mike immigrated to the United Kingdom, where he worked in the computer games and visual effects industries, holding both senior creative and technical roles on major computer games titles, commercials, and interactive experiences.
In recent years Mike has focussed primarily on his photography and still image work, providing visual content and consultation for a range of clients as well as sharing his passion for photography and visual storytelling through his blog, tutorials, and workshops.