Michael George @michaelgeorge

Photographer. Writer. People lover 💁🏳️‍🌈 // @natgeotravel contributor 🌍

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Near Payson, Arizona you can find the Tonto Natural Bridge, thought to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. For an idea of its size, look for the people at the bottom of this frame. This image was shot on assignment for  @natgeotravel in September 2018. Our assignments can sometimes be a bit hectic schedule-wise, and this shot almost didn't happen. My assistant and I arrived at the Park and were guided in by a ranger. Up until our arrival, we weren't sure when or for how long the light was shining on the waterfall at the entrance of the bridge. Once we finally saw the falls (from above ) I realized the sun was creeping towards the Canyon wall and in 5 - 10 minutes the backlit water would be cast in shadows. My assistant and I literally ran down the sidewinding steps (which I DO NOT advise ) balancing our cameras and tripods, slipped around the extremely slick rock to get into position, and were able to get a few images approximately two minutes before the sun disappeared from the falls and they faded into the background. It is one of many times in my life I've found myself literally "chasing the light."

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4 weeks ago

“Can you hold my leg?” I asked a stranger who was walking by me on these extremely slippery rocks. I wanted this angle of the falls, but it required me to lean out a few inches further over the cliff than I was comfortable. I’d already almost lost my tripod into the water below. This kind traveler awkwardly held onto my right shin as I took this image. Thank you to that person whose name I now forget! (Iceland, Sept. 2018 )

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What are you reading this summer? I recently finished ‘The Great Believers’ by @rebeccamakkai and it was one of those books that opened up a new part of me, sharpening my emotions and my ability to be present. As soon as I finished, I texted WAY too many people to recommend it, and put it cleanly in my top five of all time. I’ve been jumping back and forth between modern stories and classics and fantasy these past few months. Currently I am reading ‘Ender’s Game’ and am v disturbed at the prescience of certain forces the author imagined for the future. Particularly the purposeful inflammatory political writers on the Internet. I’d love to know what you’re reading and why you love it. Forever looking to add books to my wish list even though I already have a full shelf of “to read” books 😬😬😬. Thank youuuuu!

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Some incredible and humbling professional news for all of you lovely followers! I am ✨officially✨ a @natgeotravel contributor, meaning I am now able to share my work on their Instagram, one of the top 100 accounts in the world. Having access to such a robust and diverse audience is an opportunity I do not take lightly. Over the next few months I’ll be diving back into my archives to share work I’ve always loved, and to discover gems like this image above. I’ve always hoped my images would inspire people to discover, care about, and understand the world. I can’t wait to continue that journey with this new platform. 💖

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There are certain places you travel that feel like they sit on the teetering edge of the planet. Húsavik is one of those places. In an incredible moment of “Wow, it’s a small photography world” my wonderful friend @hellopoe ended up standing in this EXACT same spot only a few days after I was there while on an assignment of her own. I can’t possibly imagine the chances of that. 👀

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A very strangely shaped earth

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Driving to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula from Borgarnes. It looks like someone kicked a few buckets of paint across the landscape. The clouds drop lower and lower until they finally become fog. In September of 2018 I drove the entire Ring Road of Iceland in only five days. Most of these heavenly landscapes were seen through my exhausted fever dream eyes, which added another layer of magic.

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Icelandic Witches (Sept. 2018 )

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July 2019

There are two reasons to hike through Þingvellir National Park in Iceland. The first being that you can “Walk Between Two Continents,” as this is the exact spot that the North American & Eurasian tectonic plates are separating from one another, creating a rift valley. Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift is above sea-level, and in Þingvellir you can clearly see the edges of both plates. If geology doesn’t interest you, maybe you’re a Game of Thrones fan? You might recognize this exact spot as the place they filmed all of the ‘Bloody Gate’ scenes (just imagine a row of archers on either side of this small valley ).

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July 2019

Polaroid Sasha @ Glenstone

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July 2019

For the 4th of July, I am grateful to be included in a gallery of National Geographic photographers’ vision of America. Special thanks to @maurafriedman who posed the question: “When you think “iconic America,” what destination comes to mind?” To see the full gallery you can visit the link in my bio. The image I chose above is captioned as follows: “Mammoth Glen Canyon Dam is part of a 1.25 million-acre national recreation area that offers stunning desert hikes, lake sports, and unparalleled stargazing. “You can come here to marvel both at the human spirit and power of nature,” says photographer Michael George.” Few structures are as representative of the Anthropocene than a 710-foot dam. I am thankful to be in this gallery alongside many of my inspirations, including: @nataliekeyssar , @markosian , @paleyphoto , @amivitale , & @jessicasample The gallery features a wide range of subjects: “For some, pristine, wild places are a defining feature of the U.S. Others chose significant indigenous sites to reflect on our nation’s complex history. Many chose to return to sites of memory—vibrant places that impacted them as young travelers, including one story of a family’s immigration.” Visit the link in my bio for more!

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June 2019

In 2015 I did one of my favorite shoots, spending the morning with a Mennonite family on their farm in Penn Yan, New York. The story was on a company called Handsome Brook Farm that is dedicated to pasture-raised eggs and healthy hens. Today I am traveling to Kentucky to work with Handsome Brook again, visiting a few more farms and I am sooo excited. Keep an eye on my stories for some prime chicken content 🐣🐔!

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June 2019

I have been lucky to witness a few things in my life that are incomprehensible in their vastness. The Grand Canyon is always the first that comes to mind because you can stand over it, peering down into a distance your eyes have never had to judge before. Glaciers are different, because most of what you see are pieces. Deep blue dark shards that have broken off from their ancient mother and now drift into a lake or the ocean and slowly melt away. I haven’t had the gall to hike onto a glacier yet, so my perspective has always been this one. The massive thing resting in the distance as people boat around in a giant bowl of ice and marvel at the colors. It is the bluest of blues. // Shot on assignment for @enroutemag in September 2018

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May 2019

You might recognize this as the train that took a certain boy wizard to school. Earlier this month, my sister and I spent two weeks on a ~super nerdy~ Harry Potter themed trip through England and Scotland. It was our first siblings trip abroad and it was incredible!!! The Jacobite steam train (through the highlands of Scotland ) was one of the major highlights... Here we are passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is seen throughout the films, but most famously in the flying car scene from the second movie. I’ll be sharing (probably too much ) magical content on my stories over the next week or so. I hope you enjoy! ✨🚂🤓✨

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April 2019

Found some life on planet Iceland

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April 2019

Seydisfjordur is not the most remote place I’ve ever been, but it felt like it was. Nestled on the Far East side of Iceland it is a small town with a lot of character, sitting at the innermost point of the fjord of the same name. There’s a rainbow road painted down the main strip, and if you hike into the surrounding hills you’ll find a few art installations. It felt like a place to disappear in.

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April 2019

I joked with Rodney Scott that his famous BBQ restaurant in Charleston must be one of the few James Beard award winning locations with a drive-thru. Rodney is known for smoking whole hogs (seen here ). They sometimes go through 10+ per week and along with an expansive menu, Rodney is bringing some of the history behind southern BBQ back to the forefront. His family has been in the BBQ business for generations, and he wants to remind people that BBQ is an American tradition started by enslaved Africans. This image is for a series I produced for @natgeotravel focusing on the city of Charleston and its local culinary heroes. See more in my Stories!

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April 2019

A little reflective Where’s Waldo of @sashafoto and I after the @prabalgurung show 👫👀

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April 2019

Wind & Rain on Diamond Beach, Sept. 2018 💎

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April 2019

‘Turquoise Tom’ in Payson, AZ. A jeweled cowboy unlike any I’ve seen before. While in Arizona it took me about a week to get used to the fact that nearly every man I photographed had a gun on his hip.

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April 2019

I’ve heard if you solve the Pythagorean theorem you get blue sky

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April 2019

This is an abandoned copper mine outside of Bisbee, Arizona // or maybe it’s a gateway to hell // or maybe it is a giant writer’s ink blot // or maybe it’s that weird substance that turned Spider-Man into venom // or maybe it’s an example of how horrifically we permanently disfigure the earth // or maybe it’s a Rorschach test // or maybe it’s black flubber // or maybe it’s Photoshopped?

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March 2019

Not far from Winslow, Arizona you can find the “Rock Art Ranch” after driving down a few long and bumpy dirt roads. Brantley Baird (pictured here ) has been on the property since 1945. He obsessively educates his visitors about the original settlers, pioneers, and Native Americans who lived here long ago. His property’s main feature is a small canyon full of petroglyphs etched into the walls by Anasazi Indians thousands of years ago. Some are estimated to be at least 9,000 years old. Brantley is a humorous gem of a man and his ranch has more character than most big city museums I’ve seen.

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March 2019

The Desert Garden at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. I’ve never seen the desert with quite so much color. Like a dreamy spiky forest. // Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel in September 2018

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March 2019

I first visited Slide Rock during a cross-country bike trip in 2010. We’d heard rumors of a natural water slide and after cycling for 70 miles in Arizona heat that sounded like a mythical dream. Upon arrival we were giddy with the sight of cliff jumpers and (of all things ) an apple orchard??? They should warn you that you also slide just walking around on the slick rock and while taking these photos I watched at least 20 people absolutely eat it while trying to climb around. I went back last year for @natgeotravel and while I didn’t get a chance to dive in it was wonderful watching swimmers have a blast from above.

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February 2019

This is someone special … Thomas “Tiger” Ziegler has been working the bar in Hotel Congress for 59 years. When I asked him why he’s still there at the ripe age of 85, he said with a flamboyant chuckle, “Well I have a few friends who stopped working … and they’re dead!” During our portrait session a few customers came in and he served their drinks with a perfect balance of kindness and sass. As you can see by the sign in the background, a few years ago to celebrate his legacy the Hotel renamed the bar to Tiger’s Taproom. If you find yourself driving through Tucson, make sure you stop in to say hello. // Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel in September 2018

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February 2019

Sunset at the Grandest of Canyons for @natgeotravel (September 2018 )

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February 2019

@dylansprouse ✨ at his Meadery 🥃 in Brooklyn for @amtraknational 🚆

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January 2019

Everywhere you turn in Sri Lanka you'll find an innovative use for the King Coconut. Whether it is using the husk to make rope, fashioning the outer shell into a ladle, or slicing off a hard spoon to scrape the white meat from the inside. During our journey through the region we saw how this bountiful resource is integrated into culture and commerce. In this image, a local villager from Dambulla is opening the orange fruit/nut/seed to access the sweet water. As you can see, there is a lot of pressure built up inside and when it finally cracks the results can be quite a spray 🌰💦

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January 2019

A boulder in the forest is a strange sight to see

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January 2019

Morning haze in Sri Lanka. January 2018

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January 2019

To celebrate the 2nd printing of ‘Life at the Zoo’ I am doing a *~BOOK GIVEAWAY~* on @thephotosociety Instagram today! Go enter if you’re interested 💙💙💙 Also ... I had to put the baby manatee video up as a post so it can live here forever and y’all can watch it whenever you’re sad.

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January 2019

Hello all of you beautiful humans! This is a photo of me, taken by my bestie @sashafoto In the last 365 days I have gained many thoughtful followers, and I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and get to know you. Here’s a quick introduction: I live in Brooklyn. I am a photographer and a writer. My work often takes me on the road and I travel an average of 35 - 40% of the year for National Geographic, airline, tourism, & travel companies. While home in the city I mostly take portraits and tell people-driven stories for magazines & brands. My birthday is on halloween. When I was growing up the family dog was the biggest member of our family ( I am 5’ 4” ). I organize a pickup ultimate frisbee group in Prospect Park that you should definitely join if interested. I also do karaoke almost every Wednesday. I am LGBT and every time I mention that I lose a couple hundred followers (byeeeeeeeeee! ). My favorite food is peanut butter but I recently found out I am allergic to peanuts and now I can no longer have my favorite food but my acne is gone and my stomach no longer hurts every day so I guess we can call it even? My boyfriend is a farmer. In New York City. I know that doesn’t make sense. I am a proud Ravenclaw and unabashed Scorpio. I was born in Georgia but grew up in south Florida and have now lived in NYC for eleven years so I know all the secrets. Spotify tells me my most listened to album of 2018 was the Waitress soundtrack which proves I am more of a broadway nerd than I can even believe. I need to run to stay sane. Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies and I have a Ludo figurine that watches over my bedroom. I wrote a children’s book last year and it was really well reviewed and I am very happy with it! The issues I care most about are climate change and LGBT Rights. If I were a dog I would be a corgi. If I was a Pokémon I would be Pichu (with a flower in his ear ). I once did a job photographing a fancy whisky distillery and now I am a whisky snob and I have no regrets!!! This example is proof that work can change you and that’s probably fine. Okay that is all from me. What about you!?!?! Who are you? I’d love to know!

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December 2018

The view from atop Sigiriya. // Sri Lanka, 2018 for @enroutemag

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December 2018

Udawalawe, where peacocks fly

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December 2018

High Tea at the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, January 2018.

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December 2018

Sri Lanka, 2018

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