Machu Picchu is more than simply an archeological relic. While photographing there I began to see the perfect expression of the natural and man-made worlds deeply connected and in harmony with each other. If we are so powerfully filled with wonder and awe in the presence of this deep connection, then we ought to utilize this awareness to create our own extraordinary places that inspire us. Machu Picchu's unique offerings are both historic and timely to our human response to the built environment.
Mike Torrey is a professional architectural photographer based in Southern California. He has spent his whole career working with the built environment - prior to becoming a photographer, Mike worked as an energy efficiency consultant.
He has presented slide programs on Machu Picchu to sold out audiences at the Smithsonian Institution and Museum of Photographic Arts, as well as programs put on at the U.S. Library of Congress and other libraries and museums.
Mike is a member of the Board for the Friends of San Diego Architecture, which presents a lecture program on the built environment.