I'm a left handed-ambidextrous-dyslexic-artist (I wear it proudly) photo-illustrative  photographer-shooting food-wine-eats & people,  

I was introduced to photography in the 60’s when I ended up in a photography class by mistake. It was, life takes a left turn moment and I went with it.  I started shooting bands and portraits of my friends just for fun.

Most of the 70’s I spent in the art department at San Jose State University where I ended up with an MA in fine art.

During that time, I received a grant through the art dept. to document the art community. I worked for over a year and shot over 80 portraits of local artists. That was the first time I earned a living using my camera, so I decided to turn to commercial photography. How hard could that be!

After five years of tech work for Silicon Valley, I wanted to get back to my portrait work.  I thought shooting album covers would be a perfect place to start.

I packed up my studio and moved to Los Angeles where I started all over again. I was making my way into the music business shooting covers, recording sessions, bands and very much enjoying the work, when my wife and I were getting ready for our first son. During that time, we both lost family members, so we knew it was time to move back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where it all started.

I found LA to be a creative place to work, but I was worn out from all the hustling. I was ready for a break.

I quit shooting and worked in construction thinking I’d get back to photography in a year or so. Fifteen years later, I built a small studio behind my house, put down my hammer and got back to what I loved the most. Regretting putting my photography on hold for so long, I set out to start all over again for the third time.

Now I’m just trying to get my work out there. I’ve been exhibiting again and I’m trying to build a commercial base. I’m still shooting portraits and now I’m also shooting still life/photo illustration work geared towards the food and wine industry.


Dramatic, serene Mare Island photography

James Dougherty
, Columbus Art Examiner

January 22, 2012


British artist Francis Bacon stated, “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."   San Francisco photographer Mike Narciso’s range of middle and dark values in his black and white photos of Mare Island are serene, dramatic and mystifying.  Photographing the island series was done mornings and generally during the winter months; the natural elements of rain, fog, dark mornings and lighting were impeccable for Mike to isolate his photographed themes.  The photographer’s overriding focal points outweigh the photo’s surroundings due to the manipulation of fading the background or foreground into darkness.

After walking Mare Island for five years, Mr. Narciso’s love of the island is apparent in his Mare Island series that actually started as just documenting the 150 year old naval base.  The undertaking also gave Mike the opportunity to focus on his creative skills.  Since the completion of the series, the photographs of Mare Island have been exhibited throughout the United States.


In addition to showing his photography nationally and internationally, the lensman won the 2009 and 2011 APA National Photo Competition Awards for his extraordinary still life and portrait photographs.  Mike is doing well considering it was not his intent to become a photographer and stumbled into a photography class accidentally while enrolled in the fine arts program as a sculpture major at San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

Instead of fighting fate, Mike continued with the photography class and began his unseasoned calling taking photographs of local bands and friends to amuse himself.  Heavily engrossed with art at San Jose State University, the art department offered Mike a grant to shoot portraits of local artists and thus an imaginative photographer’s career began. 

If a gallery in Columbus is interested in showing Mr. Narciso’s photographs, please contact the photographer at mikenarciso@sbcglobal.net for additional information.