About The Photographer

Hi There. 

I am originally from northeast New Jersey just outside of the city. I grew up in Hillsdale, which is in Bergen County, NJ to be exact. College in New Hampshire from 1998-2000, full of outstanding years surfing the southern Maine and New Hampshire coastlines before settling in Manhattan in 2004 to begin my career as a teacher. I spent the next 12 years living and working in Manhattan before moving to Singapore full time in July of 2016. I have been based in Southeast Asia 3 years running. 

Photography, Photographer, If you ask me how I got started it goes back to my college day.  I always traveled with a point and shoot camera from as far back as I can remember but made the transition to "photographer" back in late 2013. Being in education full time, I had a colleague of mine who ran the school's photography class while living in New York. He had a fully stocked closet with a range of Canon DSLR's and lenses so I grabbed a 6D with a 70-200mm and a 16-35mm. The first swell I shot was Thanksgiving Eve 2013 in New  Jersey, the photos look so-so because I was really kind of clueless but still I was hooked at that point. Two months later I purchased a Canon 5D MK3 and Canon 70-200 2.8L and my journey began.

I was all self-taught mostly, with some help from my new-found friend and fellow photographer Ben Currie and focused on capturing empty waves along the beaches of NY and NJ. Eventually, with the help of Ben, I was introduced to the local crew of surfers in New Jersey and started shooting from the beach. From there, it was only natural to transition to the water and in July of 2014 I bought my first water housing from SPL, which opened up a whole new world for me. I am a life-long bodyboarder so I already understood the dynamics of ocean waves, positioning, and where to be in the best spot. When I look back, this is where I can say that my photography really took off from there. I feel fortunate that I had the right people to bounce ideas off of throughout the learning process and the boys were always down to shoot if the waves were on.

I want to express the tremendous amount of gratitude I have for all those who are inspired by my work and follow along. Much love to all.

 

All the best,

Michal Vericker

Geared Up on a Snow Day