Mike Belleme is a photographer based in Asheville, North Carolina. His work ranges from long-form documentary, to assignment based editorial, and portraiture. His practice involves photographing from a space of emotional availability and exploring themes involving connection and disconnection from that space. In 2017 he was awarded 2nd place in the “Feature Story” category in POYI “Pictures of the Year International” photo contest, and was recognized again 2018 in the portrait category. Clients include National Geographic, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, Google, Esquire, Outside Magazine, Fortune, Stern, The New York Times, Propublica and Al Jazeera America.