I was born in Ottawa Ontario Canada. I went to a high school that supported the arts (High School of Commerce). The photography teacher there was great. Being creative was the most important thing in the class and learning the elements of design. After that I went to Sheridan College for Applied Photography in the mid to late eighties. Yes, I find it hard to believe myself. Worked hard at it in Toronto. Assisting, working for magazines, newspapers, film sets, etc...
Over the past 2 years I started my Street Photography Journey. I like the idea of being right in there close, and being part of what's going on. Blending a style of photojournalism and street photography at the same time. I'm torn between both of them. All the Magnum photographers have a big influence on me.
My work was featured here
That's me in a nut shell.
I just found a great blog call http://www.photographic-competition.com/street-photographer/michaelbarkley/
so I joined.
Some of my work is featured on http://streetphotographerblog.wordpress.com other links http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbarkley/ http://500px.com/michaelbarkley
Here are some of my favorite links for inspiration. http://www.magnumphotos.com/ http://www.street-photographers.com/ http://www.burnmagazine.org/about/
Here is a great forum for street shooters http://www.streetphotographyforum.com/