“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” —Judy Garland
Our relationship began with poetry and love letters; almost immediately we realized we shared a passion for history, architecture, literature, art, road trips, and especially photography. This is what ultimately lead us to expanding our shared interests into a business.
Robyn first found out she had an interest in photography while she was a freelance journalist, working at the Miami Herald in Miami, Florida. She soon was recognized for her keen sense of composition and framing, especially with candids and portraits. She went on to have over 2000 published photos.
During this same time while she was a student at FIU, she was the Historian for the Phi Theta Kappa Club (photographer). Her photos, combined with a fellow chapter member’s craft skills, earned the best yearbook award at the state convention. She was always taking photos, without even realizing it. Of special interest were her being-the-scene photos at her friend’s weddings. She loved many of her shots over her pricey wedding photographer.
For several years friends and family would request Robyn for high school senior portraits, weddings and engagements. They could always trust that she would capture them in their most precious moments, and know how to give them the right direction in order to make the picture portray a sort of story.
Michael got his start in photography when he was just 9 years old. His dad, after divorcing his second wife, moved to Alaska, and his mom gave him a camera to document his journey along the Alaskan Highway. It was only a point and shoot film camera, but it began a lifelong love of the art.
During high school, he joined Yearbook as a photographer. He was allowed to use one of the school’s manual film cameras, and, with the help of his classmates, improved his skills as both a photographer, as well as learning to develop pictures in the dark room.
At his graduation in 1991 his father bought him his first manual film camera, a Minolta with an internal light sensor, but no auto focus. He continued to grow as a photographer until his camera was stolen from the backseat of his car in his early 20’s. Due to poverty and early parenthood, he was unable to purchase a new camera until after his 30th birthday, this time a Canon Rebel digital SLR. He enjoys road trips on the blue highways with his wife, looking for beauty in forgotten urban and rural enclaves.
In addition to photography, Michael is also a self-taught artist, dabbling in pen and ink, mask-making, large-scale puppetry and graphic design. He sees Silience as the perfect way to fuse his many talents into one experience.
The Sound of Silience
What is Silience?
According to the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, silience is “the kind of unnoticed excellence that carries on around you every day, unremarkably—the hidden talents of friends and coworkers, the fleeting solos of subway buskers, the slapdash eloquence of anonymous users, the unseen portfolios of aspiring artists—which would be renowned as masterpieces if only they’d been appraised by the cartel of popular taste, who assume that brilliance is a rare and precious quality, accidentally overlooking buried jewels that may not be flawless but are still somehow perfect.”
We chose silience simply because we believe photographers are measured by their ability to make the ordinary seem magical. In other words, everyone has a spark of beauty and talent, even if society is out of step.
We also picked silience to describe our photography because we blend composition and framing with storytelling and, when appropriate, surrealism. The truth is, a picture must have a personality that makes the extraordinary seem tangible.