“Photography is not selfish. Although it captures the moment, it doesn’t keep it. Photography gives back to the viewer the fraction of time which it once captured. Making it generous for years and even generations to come.”
- Mickey Burrow
After high school, I was hired by Fotech Color Labs in Fresno, Ca., and resigned to myself that firefighting was not for me. Fotech Color Labs was a great learning experience for me, but due to a poor economy my time at Fotech was limited. As it turned it was a blessing in disguise. The Twin City Times' publisher Central California Publishing was looking for a staff photographer. Because of my previous stringer work I fit right in as the staff photographer. Now this was big! I was shooting full time and becoming what I wanted to be. I also attended Fresno City College and studied under my second mentor Steve Dzerigian. Steve taught me how to see more of the world and appreciate photography as an art form, by learning from the masters.
Photojournalism is my forte' and I love to shooting it. Unfortunately there was no money in small town newspapers and I wanted more. I took a job at Ritz Camera Centers selling gear and printing in the photo lab. I soon took an interest in criminology and law enforcement. I still had the public service at interest and in 1997 by a Police Department as a police cadet assigned to the Identification Bureau. I fit in there like a round peg in a round hole and found myself camera in hand, again, taking photographs of suspect's and victims' injuries. A little over a year later I was offered a position as an Identification Technician, and became a Crime Scene Investigator. Years later because of my photographic skills I began training new technicians the ins and outs of photography and crime scene investigation. I was also given numerous special assignments as have been requested by department staff members for special assignments. I also shot field photographs of police officers on the job and other special assignments, going back to my roots in the journalistic style which I so love so much.
In 2012 I decided to apply my skills in other areas and became a photography teacher at Clovis Adult Education, where I continue to teach today. and continue my career as a Crime Scene Investigator. I figure by teaching others what I know; what better way to let my photography live on, even long after I am gone.
Photography has always been a large part of my life and always will be. Slung over my shoulder is a camera bag that holds the gear to capture my previsualized images that have yet to be made. I photograph anything that comes my way. Whether it's a horrific crime scene, a breaking sunrise or a memorable sunset, a beautiful landscape, a stunning model, or a monolithic building. For me taking a photograph is a lot like falling in love. You see a light and it intrigues you; and you want to see or be in that light forever. Every time I release the shutter it's like falling in love all over again.
"The Camera Ace"
At age nineteen.
"Taking a photograph is a lot like falling in love. You see a light and it intrigues you; and you want to see or be in that light forever. "
- Mickey Burrow
Photography has always been something I have done. I've been told by many, that they always see a camera in my hand.
When I was a five or six years old, my parents gave me a hand me down Kodak 126. I use to keep it loaded and ready and by my bed side because I wanted it to be ready if there was something I wanted to photograph. As time went on I was continually intrigued by photography and cameras. The hand me down 126, lead to a 110 Instamatic, and in 1987, I finally got a chance to use 35mm equipment shooting for my grade school yearbook. On into high school, I shot photos for the Washington Union High School newspaper "The Hatchet" and "The Progress" yearbook. This under my first and one of my most memorable mentors; Ed Galdrikian. I learned a lot about photography and what was the decisive moment of capture and what made a good shot, from Mr. G. While in high school I worked every weekend and was finally able to purchase my own equipment. I bought an old 35mm Minolta SRT-101, which gave me a great basis for the learning more. In 1992, as a senior in high school, I was selected to attend the National High School Journalism Conference in Denver, Co. At the conference competition I was awarded an Honorable Mentions in the 'spot news and feature stories' category. During my senior year of high school, the operations manager at a hotel asked me to take photographs for a hotel brochure. I did; and from here I picked up side photography jobs and began shooting weddings. Also during my senior year of high school I took an interest in public service, and became an on-call firefighter. As a firefighter, I was forged into the hardness to what I was witness to. During this time I also discovered I was more interested in taking photographs, than fighting fires. I began shooting for the Twin City Times Newspaper as a stringer for local news events, unpaid but that wasn't what I was into it for. I wanted the bi-line to published images.
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