The Artist, The Author, The Photographer, The Father, The Man
Michael G Brown was born in Quebec in 1980. His family moved to Bainsville, Ontario in 1984. Seemingly a problem child, Michael faced expulsion from school until testing revealed that he was simply bored in school. He was advanced to a higher grade. From an early age he fancied the arts (music, painting, drawing, etc...) but had a love for fantasy, that which was not of the norm, that which was not real. He always had an imagination. Once he discovered the world of computers in his first 286 IBM compatible, he began to learn at an advanced rate. He began playing with programming languages, building his own games and programs. In Glengarry District High School, Michael excelled in computer and math skills but found little interest in the educational system. Then he discovered drugs. He hated literature. He hated authority. He hated the system. Fights. Arguments. He did everything and anything to fight against the system. He hacked the school's networks and crash the entire system, earning him a ban from computers for an entire year. Shortly thereafter, domestic problems arose at home and he was expelled from High School.
Vowing never to speak to his mother again, Michael moved in with a great man and his family and worked to survive, leaving his own family is the past. Demolition and clear cutting. He loved it. He was taught mechanics, small engines, carpentry, electrician skills, and more. When he was 18, he moved into his own apartment in Green Valley and enrolled into T R Leger Adult Alternative School. Finishing 13 credits in less than a year, Michael had his grade 12. The drugs had been left in the past as was his aggression towards society. He grew up. Later, he returned to finish up extra courses he never attempted, such as calculus, finite, algebra, and tutored others, while working in the restaurant business. He ran a side line business fixing computers. His world revolved around his friends (his chosen family).
This is where the roads turned for Michael. He met the greatest of mentors, Richard, the owner of Maggie's BBQ, a restaurant he worked at for nearly a decade. Through good and bad, Richard, like a much needed father figure, took him under his wing and taught him not only to cook but to be a man. During the beginning of the ten years there, Michael met two great friends and important life changers, author, poet and screenwriter, Henry Beissel, and a noble named Jason. Henry inspired Michael to reach for more, while Jason peaked Michael's interest in reading, starting with Raymond E. Feist and Stephen King. From there, Michael Began to write the series, The Avatar and the God, using his newly discovered photo manipulation skills for the cover designs.
Then his mother passed away. Michael rekindled his lost relationship with his father and sister, something he had longed for. He had his first book published during his time serving in the concentration camp known as Farley Windows. Being there inspired Michael to reach higher and struggle against the current of life. Like fiberglass disguised as cotton candy, he had met the bane of his life, the bringer of his greatest joy. Then the most horrible of tragedies fell upon Michael. His father passed away. This was a turning event in Michael's life, a pain suffered that will continue to suffocate him for his remaining days.
Michael was wed and later his son, the center of his world, was born. A father, an author, and a husband. Perhaps no one is meant for complete happiness. He bought his 2nd house after publishing two more books and found himself turning to the camera and computer, as photo manipulations became his greatest hobby. Separation. A single father. He made sure to have his son 1/2 the time and is devoted to turning his little baby into a man with honor. Maggie's was sold, ending a decade of cooking for Richard. Farley's was being run into the ground through nonsensical executive decisions and lack of managerial skills. Something was needed. He decided to be a photographer, professionally. He enjoyed his work. Michael was fortunate enough to have wonderful models to work with and put to practice his photo manipulations.
After exploring Quebec, Eastern Canada and the Eastern Seaboard to Florida, Mr. Brown decided to change careers. He took apprenticeship in college as a course offered to help small businesses start up. He will soon be teaching a Creative Digital Photography course at the same college and has since had his work published in magazines and newspapers. He remains to this day, the photographer and owner of his own business, Michael G Brown Photography working with families, businesses, and models, doing what he loves. If he were to die tomorrow, he would have no regrets, for he is who he is today because of all events and decisions before today, whether good or bad ones. Michael would die as the man that loved, the father that new pride, the artist who tried, and the friend that lived with honor. Now you are reading this page on his website that he designed along with help from Lee Villeneuve.
HIS INSPIRATIONS AND GUIDES
There are many other artists that have inspired Michael such as world renown photographer, Scott Church. John Peri, another great photographer, has inspired Michael to see beauty in Black and White, as did his friend, another great photographer, Ryann of Inked Aura. He's had the most learning experiences working along side many photographers but non greater than Auguste Poire and a great wedding photographer, Helene. His sister and his best friend, Brian had always been their to support and guide Michael in his work, along with countless other friends that he holds dearly. And where would Michael G Brown be without his personal assistant and closest friend, Sin. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of these people and to all those that gave him and continue to give him support.
Below are a few works and photos of Michael G Brown, the man behind Michael G Brown Photography.
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