It may be unstudied gesture, the flicker of a glance, the tilt of a head, the poetic body language of people in love—with life, with each other, with a child. Just as you cannot fake an emotion, you cannot stage such moments. How then does the story get told?

“My task as a seeker of these stories,” Michael says, “is to become a part of the dance of intimacies of my subjects, to attune myself to them, to wait for the moment when the window opens to the soul, and to capture that moment in an image that will endure for all time.”