PIQUA — The October exhibit in the Piqua Public Library gallery showcases the talents of Piqua photographer Mike Underwood.
Mike Underwood has spent the last 37 years gaining a reputation as an award-winning professional portrait photographer. One would think that on his vacations, photography would be the last thing on Underwood’s mind, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Underwood combines his passion for travel and his skill at photography in the exhibit currently being offered in the Rollins Gallery at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St.. “Travel Photography as Art” is scheduled to run throughout the month of October.
The images feature unusual vantage points and colors that make even seasoned travelers see things in a new light. Underwood’s travel photos recently earned three blue ribbon awards from the Professional Photographers of Ohio Convention. He was also named, for the second consecutive year, one of the Top Ten photographers in Ohio.
Like most tourists, Underwood says that most of his photos are shot as he visits a location on a single day, without even the benefit of a tripod. He uses — for the most part — a digital single-lens reflex camera, hand-held.
According to Underwood, he carries two cameras as he travels. “I put a wide lens on one and a telephoto on the other,” he said.
Underwood first became interested in photography while stationed in Japan and Spain with the United States Navy. His specialties include family portraits, children and pet photos, senior pictures, and fine arts photography. He is an Ohio Certified Professional Photographer and has won numerous awards for his work.
Prints of his work can be purchased by calling his studio at 773-5583.