Michael Godsil was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois, and is a graduate of Knox College. He is in his 32nd year of teaching photography and digital photography in the Department of Art & Art History at Knox College. His personal, creative photography is primarily of landscapes, nature details, and architectural subjects. In addition to using current digital camera equipment, Godsil still occasionally uses a large format, 4" x 5" field camera, or a medium format camera with analog black & white film and traditional darkroom processes.

Past self-assigned creative photography projects have involved multiple trips over 30 years to the American Desert Southwest to photograph isolated Anasazi Indian ruins, and a trip to Peru to photograph Inca ruin sites, including Machu Picchu. In July 2017, Godsil photographed glaciers and icebergs in Iceland and Greenland for another ongoing, self-assigned creative project that spans the past 30 years, and which has also involved photographing receding glaciers in Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, Montana, and New Zealand. The goal is to assemble in the near future a solo exhibition of his creative images of receding glaciers and icebergs from these varied locations around the globe.