Michael Padilla is a photographer, educator, and nurse based in Seville, Spain. His work reflects on the intemporality of the world that surrounds us, and on finding one’s place within that structure, society, or environment through mindful awareness of the unobserved cycles that we navigate in our daily lives.
His latest work, HUVR: octubre, is an attempt to express the profound impact the pandemic has had on the artist. Previous works include Plague Kids (2020), a photographic work on the more immediate ripples felt in society as a result of the pandemic which was included in the Athens Photo Festival 2022 Photobook Exhibition.
Upon returning to hospital work as a result of a series of unending waves of COVID in 2020, his subsequent body of work was Virgen del Rocío: septiembre, a self-published conceptual object that challenges that notion of what a book can be while commenting on uncontrollable life changes and the daily witnessing of traumatic events and miseries not often seen by the population at large upon healthcare workers since this all began.
He has a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (2003) and an MA in Photography from Falmouth University (2021) and currently teaches photography and related courses at the University of Seville, Centro Universitario EUSA, and through the University of New Haven in Seville.