Photo by Sunroom Analog @ El Cosmico//Field Trip Festival - Marfa, TX 2019

Photo by Sunroom Analog @ El Cosmico//Field Trip Festival - Marfa, TX 2019

Mike Talladen

Light Writer

While I’ve spent most of my career photographing events, live performances, portraits, street life, and weddings, my main focus in photography - and in life - has always gravitated towards the natural world. In 2015 I chased down a childhood dream, landing me in the Amazon rainforest of northern Peru. In the heart of the jungle, living the reality of a dream come true, I decided to do something more meaningful with my passion.

Using the timeless medium of photography to preserve moments of our ever-changing and declining environment in images, I hope to instill viewers with an enhanced appreciation of the natural world and all living things. I want to empower people to do their best to keep this planet clean, growing, and healthy for all of us for generations to come. As the stewards of this planet it is imperative that we practice and pass on a lifestyle and mindset that nurtures, protects, and gives voice to the voiceless.

Future projects are now bringing me into the realm of motion picture, which is exciting new territory for me to continue documenting the stories of the forests, people, and wildlife around the globe.

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My Hiraeth

/heer'eyeth/ noun

“A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was. The nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.”

This is the most commonly accepted meaning of Hiraeth. It’s an old Welsh word not easily translated into English, and is believed to be something that cannot be described at all.

I don't believe it's something inherently negative. There are so many moments, places, things, and souls we cannot revisit except in memories and visual depictions or recordings. It's a big part of what I love about photography. It grants us permission to live in that one sliver of time.

The narrative or point of view will always differ from one viewer to another. The content, message, or story of an image might evoke a memory or a feeling, it might spark a question, it might enlighten, it might inspire, it might even empower one to act. That, to me, is what Hiraeth is.

Hiraeth Diaries celebrates my love of adventure, creativity, and my connection with nature, allowing me to revisit places and things of the past and share that connection with others through photography. 

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