Mike Ramsey is Artist of the Week
By Echo Staff
Aug 26, 2014, 01:09
Mike Ramsey's photo of an overturned boat.
A photo of a pelican on a piling in the Mississippi Sound.
While studying journalism at Penn State in 1970, I discovered photography, and after a stint in magazine journalism at Syracuse University, I began a 37-year career in newspapers, first as a photographer, then moving to the editing track, culminating in my retirement in 2010 from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where I was news editor. Earlier in my career I spent 13 years at the Sun Herald as a photographer and at other editing positions. My proudest moment as a journalist came when my paper, The Times-Picayune, and my former paper, The Sun Herald, won the Public Service Medal in the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
I rediscovered photography in New Orleans just in time for Katrina to wipe away more than 35 years of my work. Since then Iíve been edging back into it, learning something new every day. Iím inspired by the exquisite, often haunting beauty right off the beaten path, and how the presence of man, sometimes central, sometimes nearly hidden, blends in, for better or worse. Iím even more inspired, and frankly humbled, by the number of extremely gifted artists of all media in The Arts and across the Mississippi Coast.
I sell fine art prints, gallery-wrapped canvases, and some metal and acrylic prints. I have select images as posters and oversized post cards. I have photos hanging at The Sycamore House Restaurant in Bay St. Louis and OíNealís Restaurant, which recently opened in Diamondhead. I use local printers and framers for most of my work. My wife and I have lived in Bay St. Louis for most of the past 30 years.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 228.342.5980, or visit: mikeramsey.com.
In order to better promote the arts, the Sea Coast Echo and The Arts, Hancock County, have partnered to offer our readers the Artist of the Week. We invite you to vote for your favorite artist each week by liking them on the Echoís Facebook page. The artist with the most ďlikesĒ from Saturday-to-Saturday will then be our Artist of the Month, with a full feature story and multiple photos of his/her work. The Artist of the Week is open to every artist who lives or works in Hancock County, regardless of affiliation with any arts organization.