The new home for my fine art and boudoir photography, censorship free.

The Chasing Waterfalls Story

From cascading trickles to the most beautiful waterfalls, nothing is more powerful than including the human form to make truly outstanding images. In addition to receiving international awards and being published in hundreds of magazines, Mike has spent 8 years scouting some of the most exclusive locations in Atlantic Canada to create truly unique photographs that jump off the page.
The care and dedication that went into the making of ‘Chasing Waterfalls’ stem from Mike’s love of photography and his ability as an artist to not only create stunning images, but to leave those involved feeling empowered and as beautiful as he sees them through his lens. – Paul Girvan

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After the last few years, with all that’s gone on in the world, I officially shut down McCarthy Photographic’s business last year. Although I am no longer accepting new clients, photography is an important creative outlet for me and I’ve decided to update this site to be the home for sharing my new work going forward.

My passion in photography is the human figure. Especially showing it as the artform it should be, without censorship. I never wanted my photography to turn into a job, but it did. And it wasn’t fun any more.

Since modern social media is virtually impossible to use to share my photography, I’ve decided to repurpose this site as a home to allow me to share my work, as it is intended to be presented, without censorship.

I had a conversation a few days ago with a friend who told me that there are lots of great photographers who “quit” the rat race and their work became better because they were creating for themselves and not for money or “likes” and I really hope that happens. The incredible Frank Zappa once said “…any artistic decision based on whether or not you are going to make money is not really an artistic decision. It’s a business decision” and I truly believe that.

I hope you decide to follow this page and in time. For now, I’m not selling anything, I’m just looking for a place to share my work without having to worry about social media corporations forcing me to censor or threatening me with deleting my account every time I post a censored photo that meets all of their hypocritical “Community Standards.” Currently my IG @Elegant_Boudoir is “unable to be shared” or searched or found by non-followers and engagement has dropped to almost zero. FB is even worse.

I just want to share my work.

So, this is the place.

Let me know what you think in a DM or comment. I hope you enjoy the new home in the coming weeks.

All the best for 2024!


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