I've always been drawn to rich colors and textures. They seem to punch through clutter and demand attention. And when looking at them I usually end up daydreaming.
Those little side trips of the imagination were a great source of relaxation and inspiration and ultimately became the basis for my photography. I like the way a lush color focuses the eye, how textures make you want to reach out and the irony that clean visual structures can expand the imagination rather than inhibit it. Photographs were no longer about defining a wall, but a way of punching a hole through it. Sometimes those qualities are found in big vistas and at other times in extreme close ups.
These images engage my mind with possibilities. I hope some will punch a hole through your box.
Michael Crawford started using his dad's old camera in the 1970s and took hundreds of B&W photos he developed in a darkroom. He returned to photography after 2000. On photo adventures he can usually be found with his very patient spouse, Tom Hanus and their adventure dog, Diana.
All images are framed by the photographer. Prints are photographic processing onto AGFA Sensatis paper.