Mish Morgenstern’s photographic works of wild waters, open skies and the inter-tidal zones that bring them together bring the viewer directly to remote and timeless locations and serve to remind us of the beauty and fragility of our planet.
Mish’s eye for the framing of a photographic image is inspired and informed by her father’s photographic works in architecture and light. As a film-maker and photographer in the wild lands of Western Australia when Mish was a young child, he traveled to remote locations and brought home images of expansive lands, of wide open skies and of the play of the bright light of the harsh continent upon the people and buildings that survive there. Mish picked up her first SLR camera in high school and started documenting her favourite playground - the shores of the Indian Ocean - through photographs of the movement of waves,
and a study of the people and animals that frequent a local town beach.
Inspired by scientists and explorers such as Sylvia Earle, Jacques and Jean-Michel Cousteau, Mish began exploring the world's oceans in earnest after joining a tall ship in search of adventure and self-knowledge at the age of 16. Her passion for all things watery has led to travel by sailboat and kayak on the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans as well as travel on the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez. As a young traveler, her goal was to explore and observe the world’s different water-oriented ecosystems and to challenge and stretch herself in each environment.
As a photographer, teacher and guide in remote places around the world, she has sought to share her passion for water with her clients and students. Now, as a photographer, film-maker and mother, she hopes to bring images of the beauty of the world's water to people of all walks of life and to inspire us all to take care of the waters that sustain our lives, our communities and our planet.
Mish Morgenstern Photography sends a percentage of profits to ocean advocacy groups to support the political, social and scientific projects that make a difference to oceanic ecosystems. Mish also volunteers with ocean advocacy groups, educational organizations and scientific organizations to record human impacts on the oceans of the world and to support their missions. Please consider volunteering or supporting these organizations in their important works.
The Ocean Futures Society - The Friends of Water – The Ocean Conservancy - Greenpeace
Waterkeepers Alliance - Maine Island Trail Association - Chewonki Foundation - Leave No Trace