Michael Whelan is a landscape and portrait photographer based in the UK, growing up in the Scottish countryside. His first career was as a cartographer and this plays an important part of his approach to landscapes whilst his portraits explore a sense of belonging, a connection with the surrounding landscape and an awareness of space.
His work has been exhibited at the Photographers Gallery, Singapore International Photo Festival and Magenta Foundations exhibition in Toronto as well as the Cannes Liones festival (Higher Pitch group show), PX3 Prix de la Photographie in Paris, and his recent project If Not Now has been on a UK wide solo touring exhibition stopping at 16 venues including House of Commons, national Museum of Scotland and St Pauls Cathedral.
In 2013, Michael self-published his first photo-book 6×7, which is a book of vernacular landscapes and the name is taken from the size of the medium format negative he shoots on. The book was selected for the On Landscape Project. His second self-published book If Not Now was released in 2015 as part of a commission with Contact The Elderly charity and a grant from the Arts Council England.
Text and images © Michael Whelan