Michael Halminski began photographing the beaches, waters, and forests of the Atlantic maritime environment in 1973 when he moved to Hatteras Island, North Carolina. His work is marked by his skill as an artist and an intimate knowledge of the people, wildlife, and landscapes of the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks.
Although most of his work has been shot on Hatteras Island, Mike’s portfolio also includes images from his travels to rainforests of Costa Rica. For two winters he worked as an oysterman on Virginia W, a sailing skipjack in the Chesapeake Bay, where he compiled a pictorial record of a vanishing industry.
His work has appeared in numerous publications in over 40 countries, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Coastwatch, VSD Magazine Paris and Harcourt Publishing in Australia. For five years, he was a regular columnist for Mariners Weather Log, published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Mike has also worked as an assistant to former National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey on various assignments.
His work has been used by The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Coastal Federation, National Park Service, North Carolina Sea Grant and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From 1983 up until 2000, he was instrumental in saving the historic Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, a complex of buildings on Hatteras Island that date back to 1874.
Other volunteer pursuits include collecting local oyster spat settlement data for UNCW Benthic Lab and water quality data for the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program at ECU. He is proud to have served as an advisor to the the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island for 23 years. Mike currently serves as an advisor to the UNC Chapel Hill Outer Banks Field Site at the Coastal Studies Institute.
Mike’s hobbies include surfing and oyster gardening. He has been a resident of Hatteras Island for 50 years, where he manages his photography gallery, archives and makes prints.