Michael Stewart has lived in the islands since 1991. He relocated from San Jose, California to explore the clear blue reefs of Hawai‘i as a PADI scuba instructor and was immediately captivated by his surroundings and began to document what he saw through the camera lens. Michael gravitated to Kilauea, drawn by its raw energy and intense visual displays.
Michael taught himself the craft of photography through extensive reading and hands-on practice, reﬁning his technique into his signature style. His Kilauea images have been created through years of dedication spent on the flow ﬁelds and utmost patience for the right combination of color, balance and intensity found on special night that the volcano delivers. Michael shoots only traditional ﬁlm in a larger format for superior deﬁnition and clarity. He avoids using colored ﬁlters and enjoys using natural light at dawn and dusk to embrace the incredible volcanic palette.
Michael’s work can be found in galleries across Hawai’i and was shown at the Louvre Art Centre of Paris in 2001. It can be found on the cover of Sierra Press Publisher’s Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park. It has appeared in numerous magazines including Professional Photographer, National Geographic Traveler, Travel and Leisure, National Wildlife, and others. His work was featured on two shows for the Discovery-Travel channel in 2002, documenting his work in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i.