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From album covers to chocolate bar wrappers, the logo on a bread bag to the smell of ink in a magazine, I’ve always been fascinated by printed images and a need to discover how they were created and who created them…

Growing up in a very provincial part of Liverpool, where a harsh reality’s escape revolved around football or a fight, anything remotely arty or creative was seen as being a bit poncey or pretentious and standing out for being different was something that could get you in to bother more than anything else. Nevertheless, I was always drawing, painting or imagining another world inside a photograph.

After I left school, I applied at Greenbank Art College where the strength of my portfolio helped me secure a place for my BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design and Photography. Nearing the end of my final year, the college was approached by a couple of blokes from a local creative agency looking for two junior artists to work alongside them. I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen and it was testimony to the amazing skills I acquired from my brilliant lecturers Paul, Dave and Ernest.

Digital Artwork Studios in Wavertree Technology Park was one of the first design agencies to use computers in creating print-ready artwork way back in the late 80s. Keith and Colin gave me my big introduction to the creative industry, learning pasteboard artwork separation and reprography. I loved the smell of photographic chemicals in the darkroom and learning the old pasteboard techniques of finished artwork separation. I loved seeing my work printed and feeling proud that I’d help create it. I even worked on Mars bar wrappers and realised, I was now producing the things that fascinated me as a kid and getting paid to do it!

I arrived in the industry when the old pasteboard techniques were being replaced by a screen, a keyboard and a mouse. I thrived in an ever-changing environment and was excited about the digital technology that would take over and change the industry forever.

Throughout my career, I’ve always carried the same fascination in photography and design and always embraced new technologies with an appreciation to know what it’s superseded and the amazing people I’ve worked alongside who helped to turn the world I dreamt of as a kid into a reality.

merseyside photographer mike powell

Mike Powell.

Latest

Tackling Homelessness in Liverpool City Region

Date : July 2, 2019
A short video that showcases the work of the Community Foundation for Merseyside to try and tackle homelessness within the Liverpool City Region. A huge thank you to Charlotte and Danny for their contribution in this video.
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FakeLeslie

Date : July 2, 2019
Created using various guitars, synths and analog tape effects and some statues at the Walker Art Gallery and Flint cemetery, filmed on an iPhone and psychedelically mashed in FCPX. Mike.      
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TheUnifiedField

TheUnifiedField

Date : April 25, 2019
I visit so many different places to film or photograph in the hope of catching some beautiful light or a certain magic in the atmosphere and adding sound to that seems like a natural part of the process. This creative urge eventually...
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For The Fallen – WW1 Centenary

For The Fallen – WW1 Centenary

Date : November 9, 2018
Last month, I had the absolute pleasure of joining a school group on their trip to the Battlefields of Flanders and the Somme. I was asked to take my camera to capture the essence of the trip so that the experience could...
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Upping It!

Upping It!

Date : September 8, 2018
Another video produced for Community Foundations. Upping It! is a charity aiming to bring the community of Moss Side together through an alley greening project. It was brilliant to be part of it and meet lots of beautiful and inspiring people.
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