MICHELLE MISHINA

About

 
 
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As a kid I used to walk to the bottom of my driveway to capture the incredible West Hawaii sunsets. Despite the disposable camera's automatic flash and my dog tugging at the other end of the leash, a seed was planted and I fell in love with photography. I've used it as a way to connect with the world ever since.

I'm most interested in the narrative-- the stories behind the people, the things you wouldn't know unless you asked or paid close attention. That curiosity manifests itself in my photography, where I strive to tell a compelling story in each image using light and color.

I left the Big Island for college in California where I continued to nurse my photography hobby as I studied journalism and communications.

 

After working in both the news and non-profit sectors, I realized that the camera had been my calling all along. So, for two years I studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where I smelled a lot like darkroom chemicals and slept very little.

And all those years, Hawaii's been in my heart. After Art Center I found a way to continue shooting in Hawaii, making frequent trips back to document the land that I love so much. As the saying goes, you can take the girl from the island, but you can't take the island from the girl.  Now I split my time between Honolulu and Los Angeles, and it's the best of both worlds.

Let's connect. I'd love to tell your story. My eyes and my heart are wide open.