Visual Poetry: Fine Art Photography

By Jiun Liao

Mike Bailey – A Shoebox of Memories

Meet Mike Bailey, a talented Fine Art Photographer and owner of A Shoebox Of Memories. With over 20 years of experience, he specializes in capturing stunning landscapes, wildlife, and still life moments. Mike also teaches photography and provides top-notch printing and framing services for the local arts community and his customers.

For the past seven years, Mike has split his time between Severn, Ontario and sunny Arizona. His photography showcases the mesmerizing landscapes of the American Southwest and the seasonal changes in Ontario. What sets Mike apart is his unique ability to capture the true essence of what he sees and feels. He has a keen eye for simple yet breathtaking images that hold their own unique beauty.

Through his artistic vision, Mike breathes new life into his subjects, creating captivating stories with each photograph. He loves sharing these stories with his customers and loyal followers.

Most of Mike’s work is one-of-a-kind, which has earned him several awards including the recent Government of Ontario Award. One of his winning pieces was a photograph of a decommissioned jail’s rotunda, which was later purchased as a retirement gift for the Deputy Minister of Corrections.

Mike’s work is cherished by many repeat customers who proudly display it in their homes, offices, or give it
as memorable gifts. He regularly participates in the Images Tour to showcase his unique art style and had a successful solo show at the Nomad Gallery in Orillia.

Mike can be contacted through his email at

Some of his work can be viewed on