The Philosophotographer

Blurring the line between the sacred and the profane.

Man is not yet a finished creation but rather a challenge of the spirit; a distant possibility dreaded as much as it is desired; the way toward it has only been covered for a very short distance and with terrible agonies and ecstasies even by those few for whom it is the scaffold today and the monument tomorrow.

—Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

© Jeff Mikkelson - upcoming editorial

  • Fashion Stylist: Rod Novoa @ Seen Artists
  • Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist: Aeriel D’andrea Payne
  • Model: Matthew Vande Vegte @ Major

All interpersonal contact goes through the visible surface, even if it penetrates fairly deep, and managing what appears on the surface - both positively and negatively - is the constant work of human life.

—Thomas Nagel, “Concealment and Exposure”

© Jeff Mikkelson

  • Fashion Stylist: Rod Novoa @ Seen Artists
  • Hair Stylists: Takayoshi Tsukisawa, Matthew Tuozzoli
  • Makeup Artist: Aeriel D’andrea Payne
  • Models: Dayana Mendoza and Roza Gough @ Trump, Tatiana Likhina @ Q

Specialization is for insects.

—Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Time like a river in its ceaseless motion;
On, on, each speeding hour cannot stand still,
But as waves thrust by waves drive waves before them
So time runs first or follows forever new:
The flying moment gone, what once seemed never
Is now, which vanishes before we say it,
Each disappearing moment in a cycle,
Each loss replaced within the living hour.

—Ovid - The Metamorphoses, "The Philosopher"

Yet fear itself she found presented
a hidden beauty in the end:
our disposition being invented
by nature, contradiction’s friend.

—Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin