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Michael Bessler

Mike Bessler

Bolingbrook, IL

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Mike Bessler's passion is to create enhanced photographs on canvas that will capture the awe of nature. He particularly enjoys creating and printing large images that combine his artistic vision with his technical expertise.

His work has been shown at the Oakbrook Fine Art Invitational where he received a first place award. Some of his images can also be seen in the Carriage Trade Art Gallery in Long Grove, Illinois; lobby of Edward Hospital Outpatient Center, Plainfield, Illinois; lobby of Edward Hospital, Naperville, Illinois as part of their Healing Arts program; at the Plainfield Art League Gallery, Plainfield, Illinois; and at the Naperville Art League Gallery, Naperville, Illinois; Edward Hospital fitness center on Washington St, Naperville, Illinois as part of the Edward Hospital Permanent Art Collection. His work has been sold nation-wide to both private consumers and corporations.

Mike has donated generously to various charities including the Fox in A Box charity by Judy Fox, the Starlight - Starbright Foundation, the Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center, Edward Hospital Healing Arts program in Naperville, Illinois, and most recently the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mike enjoys sharing his passion with others as he teaches photography workshops at Starved Rock State Park each year.

You can see more of Mike's images at besphoto.com and michael-bessler.artistwebsites.com.



Artists Statement:

Years ago, I traveled with my family to the Grand Canyon. The view was awe-inspiring. I shot rolls of film expecting to capture the majesty of the sight. Many will relate to my disappointment when I had the photographs developed and the awe was just not there. That is when I resolved to learn how to bring home the awe!

As I developed my photography skills, I began to experiment with enhancing my photographs to capture what I had felt. At first, I looked exclusively for realism by enhancing colors when the photograph seemed to have muted them, for instance. More recently, I have enjoyed creating impressionistic renderings of my images that give the feel of the original scene.

The final step was to learn the technical skills to print my own images allowing me to print exactly what I wanted to see.

Now, my images are mine from the first look through the viewfinder of my camera, through the enhancing process and the printing. Now I am feeling the awe!

 

Panamint Valley by Michael Bessler

 

Looking into Death Valley by Michael Bessler

 

Coyote in Death Valley by Michael Bessler

 

Yellow Rock by Michael Bessler

 

Salt Flats and Panamint Mtns by Michael Bessler

 

Panamint Mtns and Salt Flats by Michael Bessler

 

Salt Flats at Badwater Basin by Michael Bessler

 

Sea Level Sign Amargosa Mtns Badwater by Michael Bessler

 

Badwater Basin Almost Selfie by Michael Bessler

 

Natural Bridge One Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

30 Foot Rock Natural Bridge Trail Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

Stovepipe Natural Bridge Trail Death Valley CA. by Michael Bessler

 

Natural Bridge Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

Underneath Natural Bridge by Michael Bessler

 

Red Cathedral in Golden Canyon, Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

Rought Trails Ahead by Michael Bessler

 

Golden Canyon Side Trail Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

Marble Looking Walls in Mosaic Canyon Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley CA by Michael Bessler

 

Complete Ubehebe Crater by Michael Bessler

 

Ubehebe Crater Rim Trail by Michael Bessler

 

Very Nimble Trail by Michael Bessler

 

Ubehebe Crater Death Valley by Michael Bessler

 

The Long Walk Home by Michael Bessler

 

Mesquite Flat Sand Dune by Michael Bessler

 

See-thru Camel, Red Rock Canyon State Park CA by Michael Bessler

 

Camel Red Rock Canyon State Park CA by Michael Bessler

 

Spring flowers at Red Rock Canyon State Park CA by Michael Bessler

 

Small side canyon Red Rock Canyon State Park CA by Michael Bessler

 

Full Rainbow, Maui HI by Michael Bessler

 

Pre Dawn at Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier, Washington by Michael Bessler

 

Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill panoramic map by Michael Bessler

 

1 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill window by Michael Bessler

 

2 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill window by Michael Bessler

 

3 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill window by Michael Bessler

 

4 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill window by Michael Bessler

 

5 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill window by Michael Bessler

 

6 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill window by Michael Bessler

 

1 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

2 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

3 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

4 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

5 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

6 of 6 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill by Michael Bessler

 

Bamboo Chimes, Waimoku Falls trail, Hana Maui Hawaii by Michael Bessler

 

Breaching Humpback Whale in the Deep Blue Sea, Gloucester, ME, Atlantic Ocean by Michael Bessler

 

Chicago in a bubble flattened by Michael Bessler