Baltimore native, Michael “Mike” McCoy, captures more than just a moment in his photographs and portraits; he captures life, love and the varied nuances that make up the human race. Photography has always been his passion and he became more serious about it since 2013. However, it was the death of a close family member that pushed him to take his passion for photography more seriously.
McCoy shows respect for his subjects because not only are they are allowing him into their lives, they are also providing healing for him. Serving 2 tours in Iraq, Mike is a disabled veteran and photography has been a therapeutic tool, helping him to navigate through his life by capturing the joy in another’s life.
Joy isn’t the only emotion that he captures. Growing up just ten blocks from where the Freddie Gray incident occurred, McCoy captured the raw, powerful emotions of protestors of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Using his photojournalistic skills he caught the pain and heartbreak that spanned across different generations while simultaneously immortalizing the hope for the future generations that may live in a world where their skin color and culture does not limit the possibilities of their future.
Taking cues from great photographers such as Gordon Parks, Eli Reed, John White, Jamel Shabazz and Robert Frank, McCoy captures the moments of people’s lives that are rarely seen in black and white. Those are what he calls “in-between” moments because they tend to be the most authentic representation of the subject. His love for the craft stems from a knowledge that a life can change with just one picture.
“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.” - Gordon Parks