Street Focus 31: Urbex Special with Mike Boening

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Urban exploration photography often goes hand in hand with street photography, they often attract the same type of urban shooters. My friend and Detroit photographer Mike Boening has been doing it for a long time and in one of the most interesting places for Urbex, the city of Detroit. Today he gives us very useful tips on how to approach the exciting world of Urbex photography, no matter where you are in the world. This is a Urbex Special with Mike Boening

Mike Boening
Mike Boening

Mike commonly finds his inspiration on the streets of his hometown, Detroit, Michigan, specializing in street and urban photography. As the newest Olympus Trailblazer in the Olympus Visionary Program, Mike first caught the eye of Olympus through his work with Out of Chicago and his “Shoot Light, Shoot Often” philosophy.

Over the last five years, he has worked with the Detroit Metro Convention Bureau, covering events and taking headshots for a Fortune 500 company, and shooting sports photography. Mike has shared his love of street photography by teaching and leading groups on urban photography in the Detroit area.

When Mike isn’t behind a camera, he’s in front of the camera serving as cohost of the video podcast, Mirrorless Minutes.”

Mike is passionate about what can be accomplished with the Olympus Micro Four Thirds systems, using the OM-D E-M1 for his outdoor shooting exploits.

Web and Blog:

Twitter: @MemoriesByMike

Facebook: Mike Boening – Photography

Flickr: Mike Boening Photography


  1. Wasn’t sure about this one but as I listened to the show and your respect for each other I found myself more and more intrigued.
    Ended up really glad that Valerie brought this to my (our) attention