With his imagery, Mike Sleeper tries to completely explore a certain place to find it's essence, and as his technique evolves, so do the styles of his photographs. He draws his inspiration from late 19th century and early 20th century landscape artists, ranging from The Hudson River School paintings to Winslow Homers watercolors of the Adirondacks. Similar to painters, watercolor and pastel artists, he tries to interpret the locations he photographs more than to depict them as exactly how they appeared in real life. His work reveals much about his personality and instincts, therefore the images are not just pictures of places or things, they are meant to be reflections of his experiences on location and how these places affect him. Sleeper works exclusively with film and does not employ post process techniques to enhance the original images.