Passionate about travel and in perpetual quest for a change of scenery, I travel the world whenever the opportunity arises. From the Icelandic glaciers to the Omani desert, from the Slovenian mountains to the mythical Bali, I am constantly looking for the most authentic experiences.
The link between photography and travel is so obvious to me that I have taken it as my motto: "I travel to photograph, just as I photograph to make people travel". My explorations in nearly 50 countries, on 5 continents, have been a great source of photographic inspiration and it is this vision of the world that I aspire to share through my photographs.
While traveling, the photo subjects are infinite but my sensitivity is oriented towards landscape photography with the objective of highlighting the beauty and diversity of nature. Life scenes, portraits of people or wildlife are other elements I like to capture during my explorations.
Whether it is in travel or in photography, I like to take the time to discover a country, to take the time to build a photographic series. Thus, some of my photo series have been in progress for several years now, such as "Terres glacées", "Portraits d'Asie(s)" or "Les Anonymes".
When I'm not on assignment, I'm a photo instructor for Graine de Photographe, the leader of photo courses in France, and I organize photo trips in Slovenia, Lisbon, the Bassin d'Arcachon and Bali, in partnership with the travel agencies Worldway Photo and Bali Autrement.
Find all my work on my website : www.michael-portillo.com
Publications in the French and foreign press (France Info, La Dépêche, Sciences et Avenir, Népzava, Origo, ...)
Finalist of the Lorraine Photonature Festival competition, Landscapes category, with "Ice cave" (March 2020)
Member of the professional jury for the Regional Contest 2020 "Nature Image projected" of the UR 12 of the French Federation of Photography (February 2020)
Double selection for the Photo Club de Maisons-Laffite contest, on the theme "Scenes of life", with "Playing in the rice fields" and "Running sunshine" (February 2020)
Member of the jury of the "Professional Award" of the photo contest organized by Déclic, the photo association of Sciences Po Bordeaux (November 2018)
Selection of "Playing in the rice fields" by Phototrend as one of the "Best art photographs on ArtPhotoLimited" (December 2017)
Double nomination at FAPA 2017, Panoramic category, for "Sea of sand" and "On the way to pray" (April 2017)
Finalist in the Nature Ain Festival competition, Landscape category, with "Mont Saint-Michel" (April 2017)
Selection of "Fishing on stilts" for the MIA Photo Fair 2017 (March 2017)
Top 100 in GuruShots' Natural Wonders contest for "Sea of sand" (February 2017)
Visions of Asia(s) - 2016 - Saint-Emilion
Visions of Asia(s) - 2017 - Cambes
Bordeaux'17 - 2018 - Bordeaux