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nicolette clara iles says:
"Mike Bailey-Gates...what a genius.
I honestly don't think I can say or do enough to match how talented Mike is. You inspire me ridiculous amounts and I just know you will go far. If you don't become super successful,it will be travesty I tell you!
Talent,creativity and uniqueness - you have it all,and i mean that completely. ♥"
April 17th, 2011
"the first time i ever saw your stream
it was like fireworks in my eyes
like the things you captured had
awakened something inside me
you are one of the most amazing photographers
i have ever come across"
June 26th, 2010
Rachel Ramos. says:
"you're photos are pure magic"
November 3rd, 2010
"He just keeps getting better and better. I don't think Mike matures at the same rate as normal humans o.o"
November 14th, 2010
"When I look at his photos I think of the time when you're in between being asleep and awake and everything has a dreamy aspect, or I think of storytellings."
December 31st, 2010
Rebecca Williams. says:
"Despite the fact that fashion-esque photography has never appealed to me, I find myself in awe of Mike's photos. It seems (to me) that his style of photography has changed quite a bit over the last year or two but the two things that have maintained most consistent are the amount of effort shown in his photographs and his determination to create a unique and well composed image. For that, I truly admire him.
Anyone can tell you this, but I thought I'd say it myself- Mike, you're gonna go far."
June 12th, 2010
Maxwell Runko says:
"mike bailey-gates, everytime i think i've seen it all from you you're able to push it further. you expand the mind and make it think and question the abilities. the surrealism captured in each photo has and will always leave me speechless. youre something else, a true artist."
April 24th, 2010
Anna Hollow says:
"so i just now figured i hadn't written mike a testimonial yet!
i'm going to start with the fact that mike is so clever, and so funny.
he takes wondrous photos of places i wish i could go and the thing is, he makes most of them. his sets are so innovative and meticulous. i never would have thought of vhs tapes as a backdrop, or placing a sailboat and fairy lights in one room. his editing is superb. and even though he is such a brilliant mind, he remains so astonishingly humble about it all. i think he's a genius.
and even if he wasn't, he'd still be just an all-around amazing person.
p.s. once somebody was being really mean to me and mike showed me this lovely video that made me feel a thousand times better, and i will always remember that and love him for it.
March 17th, 2010
alexander ward says:
"Pretty damn surreal."
March 16th, 2010
spiffy line says:
"your imagination is incredible."
February 28th, 2010
"I've never met Mike and I've never had a conversation with him, but I feel as if I've know him for ages which is, by most standards, strange.
But it shouldn't be, because anyone can see that Mike Bailey-Gates pours his everything into his photography. He makes me think and look at things the way I ever have before, and explores regions that our minds normally don't venture into.
He makes me so jealous."
February 19th, 2010
sarah nieman. says:
"mike makes me wonder about life.
mike makes me wonder how things get to be so lovely.
mike makes me wonder if magic is real.
mike makes me wonder if he knows hes incredible."
February 17th, 2010
Eleanor Hardwick says:
"mike's pictures remind me of those winter days when the light shines through the window and makes shapes on the wall and everything is bright and cold and quiet. i love those days."
January 2nd, 2010
elizabeth sarah says:
"i cannot believe that i never told you how much i love you(r photos)!!!
December 27th, 2009
"don't waste time, now; there's so much to catch up"
December 29th, 2009
Melisa Fernández says:
"Mike's mind is amazing. He is one of the most talented people here on flickr and a big inspiration. There's no doubt that he will be big someday. His photos are magic and have this Tim Walker feel to them.
One of the most unique and beautiful photostreams."
November 28th, 2009
Savina Gost says:
"an incredible boy with a true talent, he leave me speechless every time I visit his stream, I can´t even describe my admiration for him, mike you amazed me!!!!"
November 5th, 2009
caitlin isobel warren says:
"Where do I even start?
..Well, okay, the first time I ever saw Mike's stream I was completely blown away, and I still am everytime I look at it. He has some of the best ideas ever, the amount of creativity he has is just incredible. If I ever need inspiring all I have to do is look at Mike's photos.
I don't really know how to put all I admire and love about his photos into words, so I geuss I'll just leave it at this until I start to ramble xD
Keep up the amazing work, I think you have a very bright future ahead of you. :)"
October 19th, 2009
"You are definitely someone I can define as the Future."
October 16th, 2009
"I find Mike fascinating. There is so much mystery to him. He's my favorite photographer, ever. He's the best. That's all there is to it."
October 13th, 2009
lauren poor says:
"wtf mon.... this guy here... wtf... he always has these great ideas... and he seems really inspired... aaaaand... i love all the things he photographs... i dunno i just really want to live in the world of his photos. light and clouds and softness and animals and flying and... ugh can't explain so good argh! ! ! some day i will shoot with you MIKE!!! DREAMS!!! haha"
October 13th, 2009
ting s, says:
"Mike has the best imagination of them all. He is the epitome of a genius, and clearly conveys it in his photography.
You are definitely one of my biggest inspirations, and I swear, you're from another world; a fantastical, ethereal dreamworld that I cannot even begin to fathom."
October 13th, 2009
synonymous hydrant says:
"can we sit on a rooftop again?
this time i'll remember to bring blankets and wine."
September 30th, 2009
stuff heroes are made of says:
"I hope Mike continues on this path and decides to study conceptual art in college. With his aesthetic coupled with though-provoking ideas, he could receive world admiration!"
September 23rd, 2009
"i would love to explore your mind. your photographs are so beautiful, so enchanting, so whimsical and genius. yes, genius is the right word to describe you, i believe."
August 31st, 2009
Luke Smithers says:
"mike's photos are phenomenal.
if i am ever in need of inspiration
i head right over to his flickr.
i get so excited when i see he has uploaded."
August 24th, 2009
Pam Calvert says:
"You're brilliant. Your mind that comes through the photos have left me speechless, after I'm done typing this.
July 24th, 2009
No words in the vernacular
thats all i could say."
July 19th, 2009
July 7th, 2009
Erica Mendoza says:
"I finally thought of the (closest to) perfect thing to say/type.
You are what my brain cannot fathom to dream of."
July 6th, 2009
Ola Wysocki says:
"wow, there are no words really to explain how much i LOVE his photos. i remember when i first joined flickr, i really didnt have any inspiration for my pictures and then i come to this AMAZING photostream.
each picture has the most unique ideas and honestly, if you looked all over flickr to find another photostream like this, you couldnt. its not possible. this is as original and unique and special as it gets.
not only is from a second story. a great photographer, but you can tell that he is a really nice person. i only talked to him once, but he was very polite. im glad i get to see this amazing person's talent :)"
July 2nd, 2009
olivia bee says:
"i don't even have words.
...the irony of that statement"
June 30th, 2009
smiling thing says:
"i really wonder how do you do to make such incredible photographs, i'm in awe, you are such a brilliant photographer"
June 29th, 2009
cream tangerine says:
"I think I first saw Mike's photostream some time last year. When I look at his work from back then and his work from now, I realize that the magic was always there from the very beginning. He always has brilliant ideas and the most amazing lighting. It's unbelievable.
He's definitely one of my favorite teenage photographers on flickr."
June 26th, 2009
little rock says:
"your pictures are mind bogglingly incredible
June 27th, 2009
Shelbie Dimond says:
"his photos are straight from a dream
a wonderful, wonderful dream that you wouldn't want to wake from."
June 29th, 2009
If i fell... says:
is VERY good
and has the coolest name ever"
June 23rd, 2009
zack henningsgaard says:
"mike's pictures are pretty indescribable and incredible. his use of light and colors are the best. you're definitely one of my biggest inspirations."
June 22nd, 2009
Kate Pulley says:
Makes Brilliant Greatness?
Or your initials, maybe."
June 12th, 2009
"Mike lives in another world, full of magic and beauty, and his photographs are windows through which we can see that world, but we can never truly understand it.
You are the most creative person I know, and you give me hope."
June 7th, 2009
"from a second story's work is a HUGE inspiration to me as an artist. hopefully by looking through his photos often enough some creative magic can rub off on me..."
June 6th, 2009
"i don't even know what to put here. mike, you are just plain incredible. a look at your photographs is like looking in to another world, where everything is light and and all the adults are asleep. as well as an artist, you are an incredible person. you're creative and imaginative, and just..nice! please don't ever stop making art, ever ever."
May 31st, 2009
Ilana Sivachenko says:
"I barely even use flickr, except to stare at this boy's pictures. Every shot is endlessly imaginative, stunningly composed, and oozing of talent."
May 30th, 2009
bethany mcvay says:
May 25th, 2009
one of my biggest inspirations."
May 27th, 2009
Yuli Sato says:
"you have amazing and creative ideas and always execute them in fantastic ways. i am not even kidding when i say that you WILL be the next tim walker."
May 28th, 2009
Sita Marie says:
"god, his pictures make me happy.
he is so creative.
one of my favorite photographers for sure."
May 10th, 2009
"you are definitely the most creative person I've ever come across. the ideas you have are so incredible, I'd love to take a peek into your brain and figure out where and how it all originates. looking at your photos, I feel like I've jumped into the most whimsical world."
May 6th, 2009
"ok i've really given up trying to explain his photography in words. it doesn't do him justice. all you need to do is click that little button over there to the left, and click his stream."
April 23rd, 2009
"He is Mike Bailey-Gates. I think that is the best compliment I have ever given.
I updated this, but I am leaving this part in so screw off:
"He is totally sweet and all of his comments make me warm and fuzzy inside like I swallowed bunny slippers or something.""
April 6th, 2009
Lauren Withrow says:
"so it's about time I write a testimonial for this guy.
to start of, his photos are incredibly unique and inspirational. Each time I come to his photostream I am blown away by his amazingness. Ha. but seriously I wish that I could take photos like Mike does. So from here on out I will try to take real photos, like he does.
Keep up the good work dude. You keep inspiring me to be better.
March 29th, 2009
Taryn Davis says:
"mike is genuine, real, and out-of-this-world creative.
his pictures always make me want to come back for more."
February 26th, 2009
sunday chores says:
"my first friend on flickr, my best one too. you can pull off any style of photo and make it your own. you are truely screwed up in the head and i love you for it. coming up with all these strange photo ideas, making all these brilliant images.
& even though you aren't from canada. you're still pretty awesome."
February 3rd, 2009
emmily shaw says:
"once upon a time there was a boy named mike bailey-gates. he had a unique superpower that enabled him took amazing and creative images. the end."
January 24th, 2009
Jenni Holma says:
"Mike is probably one of my favorite young photographers on Flickr! I can't belive how imaginative and breathtakingly beautiful his photos are. It's a joy to see so much creativity in one person."
October 13th, 2008
"Mikes photography and editing is amazing, I find his photostream really interesting and really enjoy flicking through. You can really see how he's grown and improved, great work, keep it up :)"
September 10th, 2008
nonstop letter says:
"Mike, Mikey, Michael, Mitchell, whatever the heck your name is......it should be change to BEASTLY N. PHOTOGRAPHER...........
your self-portraits are wonderful.....everything, simple and elegant, yet so crazily awesome!!!!! viewing your stream is a must for me, and i am really excited to see what comes next!!!"
September 4th, 2008
emily takes pictures says:
"you are truly brilliant. you have a good, solid, creative head on your shoulders. i look forward to seeing more of your stuff in the near future."
August 11th, 2008
"Well what can I say about Mike. I love his art. He makes my day brighter every time I see one of his photos. He also brightens my day every time he comments my photos. He is my inspiration. I only wish to be JUST like him when I grow up. lol. A true artest deserves a great commpliment, so here it goes... Mike you're one of the greatest photographers I've ever met. Thank you for letting me be your friend. XD
June 20th, 2008
sunshine doll says:
"Mike is so incredibly creative; he either has me rolling on the floor crying from laughing so much to just having a smile sneak over my face. Everything he does is original and he's just a great artist :)"
May 19th, 2008
Rebekah Fuller says:
"Mikes photography trully is inspiring, it's all so different from work I see on flickr usually. You can always tell alot of thought has gone into the pictures he takes, and theyre always of a tip top quality and standard. Keep up the fabulous work and you'll go far!"
May 5th, 2008
"I really enjoy looking thorugh his flickr often! He was a GREAT imagination and really good meaning behind most of his work. I don't know how he does it but he's great!
keep it up!"
April 17th, 2008
"Mike's a genius. He has all these brilliant ideas which he magically makes alive through photography. I. Want. To. See. Inside. His. BRAIN.
for now I'll just stalk his flickr.
April 15th, 2008
- July 2007
- I am:
- Male and Single