The Black Pram Project™   is a series of photographs and installations that explore universal human tendencies.

The project focuses on human psychology articulated through an inanimate object (the black pram) that represents life and death – two events that everyone, without exception, has in common.  It is what we choose to do with the span of life between these points that defines us.

The pram embodies the purity and moral innocence we all possessed as a child. By placing it in various settings, it is imbued with layers of human complexities that we adopt as we mature and allow to shape our character and psyche.

The first phase of this series of human psychological portraits and installations addresses emotions such as fear, apathy and aggression as well as hope and compassion.



Michelle C.D. Mueller was born in Columbus, Ohio. She began studying photography in 1997 at Columbus College of Art & Design and with award-winning Independent Educator and Photographer, James Friedman.

From 1998 through 2006, Michelle participated in 13 group exhibitions in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.

She moved to California in 2006 with her husband, Erik Mueller, and continued her studies at University of California, San Diego while working as a freelance portrait and commercial photographer.

In 2013, Michelle C.D. Mueller participated in Group 5 of the Art Pulse Mentor Program led by April Game (Executive Director, Art Pulse) with McLean Emenegger (Artist Career Coach and Mentor) after making the decision the previous year to return to fine art photography and installation art.

She is currently working on two projects:

Black Pram Project™ (as described above) that, at the heart of the project, asks “What defines you?”

Family Portraits Project™ – photographs that portray the continuous and lasting connection to family members through cherished objects that were once a part of their daily lives.



Momentum (Group Exhibition)
January 9, 2014 – March 29, 2014

Opening Reception: January 9, 2014, 6pm – 9pm
Panel Discussion: February 8, 2014, 4pm

Pulse Gallery
Bread & Salt Building
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113


Open Call L.A. (Group Exhibition)
March 30, 2014 – April 12, 2014

Opening Reception: March 30, 2014, 2pm – 5pm

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027