Joshua Nowicki bounces easily across the beach, deftly dodging tall grass and sand dunes. He barely takes his eye from the viewfinder of the digital camera pressed firmly against his red-bearded face.
Beneath blue skies on a perfect fall day, he lines up the iconic St. Joseph Lighthouse on Lake Michigan and snaps away, capturing yet another postcard-worthy image to add to the impressive portfolio the self-taught photographer has amassed in a short amount of time.
The 35-year-old is confident and self-assured while behind the lens, but turn the camera on him and he visibly gets uncomfortable. In fact, the Grand Rapids native is averse to having his own photo taken at all, instead preferring to preserve the aura of mystery and anonymity that surrounds someone who has built a reputation as one of the best outdoor photographers in southwest Michigan.
Josh could be called somewhat of an overnight success — but more than 30 years in the making.


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