Black, white and occasional colour


IMG_0698Radio presenter by day, photographer, mountaineer and off-road driver all other time.
Born in Moscow in 1971, Michael first took a camera - an ancient Russian "Smena-8" - in his hands at the age of 11.
With the advent of digital cameras the equipment has changed but his prime area of photographic interest remained the same: the beauty of nature. Sometimes bright and uplifting, sometimes dark and somewhat depressing, but always thought-provoking and beautiful.
Having moved to the UK in 1995 Michael has discovered Wales a few years later and fell in love with it immediately. These days, when not busy working for the BBC World Service, almost every weekend he can be found in the mountains of Snowdonia or on back roads in Brecon Beacons or anywhere in between, his camera always charged and ready.
It's not all Wales though. Michael has been taking pictures in places as far apart as Norway and Australia. A stunning landscape is always there, all one has to do is to see it...
Michael Smotryaev
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