Teen Photographer’s Youthful Sense of Adventure

New York-based photographer Mike Bailey-Gates draws inspiration from folklore and varied storytelling media for his emotive and, at times, cinematic style of photography. With his Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi in tow, Bailey-Gates treads into nature, whether it be in the depths of a forest or the serene escape atop a tree in one's own backyard, to capture what he aptly refers to as an “exaggerated reality.”

It is perhaps the teen's own thirst for adventure coupled with the legends, fairy tales, and mythologies he's grown up reading that have produced the bulk of the young photographer's portfolio. A common theme appears to be a muted curiosity with a strong presence of youthful wanderers seeking to explore their surroundings as they yearningly look on. Location plays an equally effective role in each of his images as the subjects do. Wherever the destination may be, Bailey-Gates uses the setting to his advantage, allowing it to not only be a backdrop but to add value to his own visual storytelling.

Mike Bailey-Gates website
Mike Bailey-Gates on Flickr


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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