It all began with long walks in the woods, a nurtured love of nature, a Brownie Haweye camera and an immersion in the arts. Eventually life propelled me in an unexpected direction, a ten year diversion into the medical sciences. This included a three and half year study of biology and the humanities at Alma College. This background becomes instrumental to my fine art. I did make a thoughtful pivot back to the visual arts.
After graduating from Washtenaw Community College in Commercial and Technical Art and the College for Creative Studies in Applied and Fine Art Photography located in
Detroit, I launched a thirty-three year career in advertising photography with a national and international client base principally focusing on the automotive industry. Assignments involved the disciplined studio and the more adventuresome nature of locations primary in the West. Our studio maintained an international floral account which
provided opportunities to collaborate with a Japanese Ikebana designer.
On retirement my photography was rechanneled into the exploration of macro-botanicals, "The Sonoran Desert: Rediscovered", and relevant socio-cultural issues, " Bay
View: Portrayal of an American Idea", an currently,
"The Japanese Garden and Unintended Destinations". My
image making is now driven by deep personal commitments of purpose particularily in non-profit socio-cultural endeavors and absent of commercial endeavor. Mission projects have taken me to West Africa, "Moments of Grace: the Henri Dennis Experience" and to the inner city of Detroit. The Detroit experience resulted in "Andisdel", a two year documentary on the homeless and disadvantaged. My art has been exhibited, published, collected and recognized with an NPR broadcast interview.
Photographically, Cleveland's eye captures the natural
environment revealing images that are both timely and timeless. They are representative of our Great Lakes
landscape and have expanded to include the macro botanical worlds of our southwestern deserts, Hawaii, West Africa, Italy and Japan.
His photography speaks to fresh perspectives and uncovers complex beauty and metaphoric imagery. "My imagery is intended to elevate the viewer to new destinations that embrace awareness, harmony, enlightenment and more. These destinations touch the
pulse of the spirit and nourish the quiet current of the soul."
The Scarab Club, Detroit 2016
Center for Fine Art Photography 2015
College for Creative Studies Alumni Exhibit: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Crooked Tree Arts Center 2014
U of M Health System's Taubman Gallery 2013
Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography 2014
Interlochen Public Radio-Brad's Shoebox Gallery 2012
The Petoskey District Library 2012
The Little Traverse Historical Museum
Tucson Botanical Gardens 2011
Paint Creek Center for the Arts 2011
The U of M Health System's Galleries 2011
The Detroit Historical Museum
The Japan America Society 2011
Gallery On Main at Bay Harbor 2008-2011
Michigan Public Radio Picture Project
His photography is included in several private, corporate and museum collections.