About the Artist
Michael Routh has been regarded as a leading nature photographer for over twenty-five years.
His photography is most known for powerful original compositions of lesser known locations and phenomena in nature. Michael’s photography has been described as world-class. His collection of nature, wildlife and landscape photographs is considered one of the best in California.
Because of the extensive time Michael spends in nature exploring remote forest service trails in the western United States, he has seen the devastating impact wildland fires have on our environment. Michael has also witnessed the heroic firefighters who risk their lives to protect our natural resources. As a result, Michael began his relationship with CAL FIRE, the State of California’s wildland fire fighting agency. He successfully completed the S-190, media and fire shelter training on fire behavior and fire safety. His philosophy from being a professional nature photographer is “safety first”. Michael draws on his photo-journalism background to chronicle the story of a wildfire through photographs and video beginning with the “big picture” - the air attack. But his true interest and passion in documenting a wildfire are the firefighters on the fireline. Michael is planning a documentary movie and publishing a photography book on wildland fires and the firefighters who fight them.
Michael began his photography career in the eastern United States. He initially focused his photographic eye on cityscapes. His collection includes photographs of the World Trade Center in New York taken in 1982. In 2002, he photographed Ground Zero and the 9/11 “Tribute In Light”. In 2004, while photographing along the Big Sur Coast in Monterey County, California, Michael photographed an air/sea search by the California Army National Guard -126th Medical Company. After donating one of the photographs to the unit, he was invited to fly in a UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter with the 126th Medical Company to document one of their missions. Civilians are rarely given the opportunity to fly in a Black Hawk.
Michael has a breathtaking collection of fine art and stock photographs of American western landscapes and wildlife. He is also the official wildfire photographer for CALFIRE’s union - the CDF Firefighters.
Michael’s collection is currently on exhibit at his gallery in Morgan Hill, California. For more information, please call (408) 460-4818.
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