A Leap of Faith    - Cliff divers at Lynn Canyon, Vancouver, Canada.  © Mike Best

A Leap of Faith - Cliff divers at Lynn Canyon, Vancouver, Canada. © Mike Best

FLOW

A photographic exploration of people at work, play and protest.

When I originally envisioned Flow I was inspired by the psychological theories of Mihaly Csikszentmihaly which describe the blissful state attained during periods of deep focus. I’ve always been interested in capturing candid portraits of people while intensely engaged in activities, whether at work, play, celebrating, protesting… I am also fascinated by how people’s personas, and the vulnerabilities they expose to the camera, are shaped by their physical surroundings and the contexts in which we encounter them.

I find my flow-state taking pictures, so a shared moment between subject and photographer when both are independently caught up in the act of doing something they are passionate about in a place that is meaningful to them.


Environmental Protesters, London 2019 © Mike Best

Environmental Protesters, London 2019 © Mike Best

Selected images

Tea Picker  , Nuwera Eliya District, Sri Lanka - 2019 © Mike Best

Tea Picker, Nuwera Eliya District, Sri Lanka - 2019 © Mike Best

Woman in Tea Plantation  , Nuwera Eliya District, Sri Lanka - 2019 © Mike Best

Woman in Tea Plantation, Nuwera Eliya District, Sri Lanka - 2019 © Mike Best

Child at historical re-enactment, Corfe Castle. © Mike Best

Child at historical re-enactment, Corfe Castle. © Mike Best

Bathers    -  The Blue Lagoon, Iceland. © Mike Best

Bathers - The Blue Lagoon, Iceland. © Mike Best

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Hat Maker, The Medina in Morocco 2017 © Mike Best

Hat Maker, The Medina in Morocco 2017 © Mike Best

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Ross Buswell, photographer, working in whiteout conditions in Iceland. 2018. © Mike Best

Ross Buswell, photographer, working in whiteout conditions in Iceland. 2018. © Mike Best

Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada. © Mike Best

Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada. © Mike Best

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Berber Peddler, Atlas Mountains, Morocco. 2016 - © Mike Best

Berber Peddler, Atlas Mountains, Morocco. 2016 - © Mike Best

Spectators at Farnborough Air Show, Farnborough, UK 2015. © Mike Best

Spectators at Farnborough Air Show, Farnborough, UK 2015. © Mike Best

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