I'm Mike Best. Writer, photographer, caffiene addict.
I love images that tell a story and I love telling stories about what makes a great image.
For me, the creative process is about getting lost and the adventure of finding my way home again. It's about discovery, and sharing what I have learned on the journey. Which brings us here, to this blog. Think of it as what I like to chat about with a friend over a good cup of coffee.
These days we may not always be able to meet face-to-face, but I hope in the meantime acquaintances new and old may find something interesting, informative, or entertaining here. If you do, please subscribe to my newsletter and I will send you one update every month about my life, my travels, my trips down the rabbit hole.
I've tried to dial back on social media latetly to focus my energy on creating, but I do enjoy connecting so you can still find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. For business inquires please e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for stopping by.That's great, but what are your vitals?
I was born in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada, where we drink from cool crisp mountain streams and wrestle grizzly bears in the deep dark woods. My dad was a carpenter so I stepped on the odd nail growing up but also became handy with a power saw. I survived highschool, and graduated with a spotty report card and notebooks lined with doodles that were good enough to get me into the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, where I spent four years studying film and video production.And you still live in Vancouver now?
No, back in 1998 I emmigrated to London, UK, based on a personal invitation from Oasis and Tony Blair. Or it may have been to attend a wedding. Anway I was going to return home at some point but then I got married and had a son and bought a house near Wimbledon.Is this blog your main hustle?
I write because I enjoy writing, and I have shot photographs semi-professionally for years. But during the day I work as a technical artist for new media companies, which mostly involves solving technical problems for creatives, and creative problems for technical people.Where are you going to be tomorrow?
Ideally, out exploring the streets of a city somewhere I have never been before. Shooting pictures, learning about the people, places and culture, and then coming home in the evening and writing down my thoughts about it all.When did you first start writing? Who are your influences?
Writing is something I've always just done - more a compulsion than a calling. I never set out to be a writer but everyone keeps telling me to do more of it because they seem to enjoy reading what I write and that makes me happy. Growing up I loved authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. Then, I read Bill Bryson relate a story about waking up on a Dover park bench with his underpants on his head... it's almost entirely been about creative nonfiction since.What got you hooked on photography?
Long before there were digital cameras or photoshop, I saw my first black and white prints magically appear under the dim red lights of my highschool darkroom. I was transfixed. From that day onwards I would spend hours in the reserve section of the Vancouver Public Library, trawling through coffee table photo books, devouring the masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Imogen Cunningham. I've had a passion for the medium ever since.What's the deal with all the coffee references?
I really do love - actually require - a great cup of coffee every day. I've worked remotely for several years and I'm always on the nosey for a place to sit and have a perfect flat white while staring out the window at the world.Where do you want to go next?
I am partial to penguins. I don't know why. I feel they have a stoic dignity about them. I'd love to hang out with them in Patagonia.