My photographic journey began many years ago after receiving my father’s old 35mm Canon AE1. Dozens of cameras and years of study later, I am still addicted to photography. My goal is to show people things they might otherwise have missed, and I find inspiration in diverse and unexpected places. Irresistible photos interrupt every aspect of my life: a dead tree at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the searing gaze of a homeless man peering through the wealth of Beverly Hills, passing roadside crosses on the family vacation, abandoned toilets when driving my kid to school, the fleeting beauty of a turning body in dim light, a vineyard shot that couldn’t be ignored even on my wedding day, and decaying furniture rotting amid the stench of the Salton Sea. Oh, and did I mention toilets? Love them.

I have more than 300 publishing credits encompassing a variety of subject matter, including portraiture, commercial product (print and web based), weddings, events, glamour, music, travel and tourism. My personal photography and gallery exhibits include subject matter ranging from landscapes, travel, nature, architecture, portraiture, still life, fine art, and artistic nudes.

Gallery Exhibits:

2018  - Carter Sexton, North Hollywood, "Scarecrow," "Turkeys and Deer," "Fog Tree"

2017/18 – White Oak Winery, Healdsburg, "Vineyards and Vistas"

2017 – Warner Brothers Studio, Burbank, various landscape prints

2011 – Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Los Angeles, “Morning Dream” series

2010 – Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Los Angeles, “Abandoned” series and the print “7 with a Bullet”

2009 - ARTundressed, Wyndwood Social Club, Miami, print “In the Wind” 2009 - World Erotic Art Museum, Miami, print “In the Wind”

2009 - ARTundressed, BOXeight Studios, Los Angeles, print “In the Wind”

2009 - ARTundressed, California Modern Art Gallery, San Francisco, print “In the Wind”

2009 - Musee Juste Pour Rire (Ste.Catherine Boulevard), Montreal, Canada, print “In the Wind”

2009 - beate Uhse, Erotic Art Museum, Berlin, Germany, print “In the Wind”

2008 - Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, “Morning Dream” series

2008 - Spring Arts Collective Gallery, Los Angeles, “Limbs of Wisdom” landscape series

2007 - Kopeikan Gallery, Los Angeles, print “View of the Sound”

2006 - LaFoto Gallery, Santa Monica, print “Fiddle”

2005 - Santa Monica College Photo Gallery, Santa Monica, print “Who Is She?”

Awards: 2017 - Portfolio Merit Award by Black & White Magazine, “Abandoned” series, Issue # 122 August

2016 - Voted Top 30 photographers by Viewbug

2011 - Photo of the Week by Calumet Photo for "Double Header," 1/31/11

2009 - Finalist Award from Erotic Signature for landscape nude “In the Wind.” Image published in the fine art book entitled “World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today – vol# 3.”

2007 - Finalist Award from Photographer’s Forum Magazine for “Malibu Pier at Midnight” and “Great White Shark Feeding.” Images published in the 2007 Photographer's Forum Magazine Annual.

Email me at:  mcav69@aol.com

Vineyards and Vistas

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