Michele Sons is an exhibiting fine art landscape and portrait photographer originally from England and currently based in southwest Virginia in the United States. Her background in geography and environmental science, her taste for adventure, and her highly diverse and extensive travel experience uniquely position her to connect with landscapes across the world. Michele’s work is based on a soft, subtle, pared-down aesthetic, which is a fresh contrast to the bold, overly-saturated scenes so prevalent in the media today. Fog, mist, and soft light feature often in her images. The Feminine Landscape is her acclaimed series of self-portraits that expressively depicts her experiences in dramatic landscapes from the Blue Ridge mountains to Death Valley, Greenland, and beyond. In this work Michele creatively merges the landscape and portrait genres, with a result that is poetic, lyrical, and evocative.
Michele's clients include National Geographic and The Wilderness Society. Her work is featured in the National Geographic Beautiful Landscapes 2018 calendars and upcoming 2019 calendars. Solo exhibitions include The Montgomery Museum in Christiansburg, VA, and the Grandin Theatre and The Lightwell Gallery in Roanoke, VA. Group exhibitions include Galeria Valid Foto in Barcelona, Spain, Academy Center for the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, and Studio 308 and The Lightwell Gallery in Roanoke, VA. She has contributed writing and imagery to the highly regarded website Luminous-Landscape.com and also to the international art lens brand Lensbaby. In early 2015, Michele travelled to Antarctica on a dedicated photographic expedition with The Luminous Landscape and Antarctica XXI. Her work has been featured in numerous local and regional publications, including Blue Ridge Country magazine, The Roanoke Times, Artemis Journal and Bella Magazine, as well as highly regarded websites including OutdoorPhotographer.com and NaturePhotoGuides.com. Michele’s work hangs in corporate offices in Roanoke, Virginia, and in numerous private collections from Cape Elizabeth, Maine to Madison, Alabama.