Michael Marquardt is a photographer and licensed drone pilot based in Northern Colorado, currently living in South Wales as an exchange student at Swansea University. Originally from the Denver/Boulder region, Michael's first exposure to photography came at a young age in 2006; in 2017, he was gifted his own DSLR and set off to share the natural beauty of the state that he calls home. After moving to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University in 2019, Michael began working at the Rocky Mountain Collegian student newspaper in 2021, where he has gained extensive experience covering sports, concerts, and other events. Michael is an avid member of Photography at CSU, serving as the club's Financial Officer in the Fall of 2021, and his greatest accomplishments consist of photographing boy pablo's 2021 concert in Fort Collins, photographing the 2021 Horsetooth International Film Festival, and earning the inaugural James Balog award in 2019 for a photo promoting environmental sustainability, which was later exhibited at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Left: Photo by Andrea Russell