Misha Rauchwerger



Misha Rauchwerger, Photographer


Misha has been fascinated with photography since the day his Dad gave him an all manual Russian view finder camera as a child, and was able to use a dark room at summer camp.  This quickly blossomed into a full-on hobby, making his own 4x5 pin hole camera, and setting up his own dark room in a closet.  He met his hero, Ansel Adams, in person when only 13, and was strongly influenced by Ansel’s teachings and techniques.

From that time onward, Misha delved into professional photography doing weddings and bar mitzvahs, but mostly focused on nature and travel photography.  Other influences include Galen Rowell, Brett Weston, and Earnest Haas.  In college, Misha was lucky to work with Life photographer Mark Kauffman.

Today, while still enjoying nature and landscape photography, Misha has been moving into a more abstract direction, going back to his roots when he would go on photographic expeditions on his bicycle with his friend in junior high school.  This includes a lot of work with reflections, which are an amazing opportunity to juxtapose two elements that would not ordinarily be seen together.

Misha currently shoots with a Nikon, D750, and most of his images are shot at 16mm.  “I love how an ultra-wide lens allows me to get very close to foreground elements, while juxtaposing them against backdrops that would ordinarily take center stage.  This perspective brings the viewer close to the little things we often fail to see because we are so in awe with the grandeur that we miss the fantastic in the small stuff.” 

Misha lives and works on Orcas Island.  Personalized guided photographic walks on Orcas are available.  Please call 209.770.0701 to make arrangements.  More of his work can be seen online:  misharauchwerger.com