Copyright 2014. Michael McGowan. All rights reserved.

This is a selection from my most recent show at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH. The management there was kind enough to allow me to have two shows. This one was called "Skin Deep," and looked at people who were into tattoos, piercings and other alternative lifestyles.

Everyone who participated liked the idea of putting their body art and their alternative lifestyles in front of large numbers of people.

And people who attended the show spent time getting to "know" the people who might have been avoided on the streets. Watching little old ladies fascinated with the body art was a real treat.

While I am not limited to alternative folks for my shooting, I still maintain an interest in helping models and others produce their own gallery-worth images.

If you're one of those folks, feel free to e-mail me at

We'll set up a time and a place to you can express yourself ... and I can gain some more photos to use for exhibitions.

Capturing your story in pictures