Hi, my name is Matt; I am an independent photographer living in Norfolk, Virginia while working on long-form projects around America. I’ve photographed governors, gangsters and everyone in between. I find them all equally fascinating.
I was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1986 and home schooled for eight years before studying photojournalism at Ohio University. As a kid I mowed enough lawns to buy my first camera, and after that I worked at a Ritz Camera store. Since those glory days, I’ve made photographs for clients around the country, as well as Peru, Rwanda, Botswana, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. I want to see the rest of the United States before I turn 30. Do you want to send me somewhere?
Over the years I’ve won some awards for my work, but received far more rejection letters. My prints are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Portland Art Museum, the New York Public Library and elsewhere, but I most frequently think about a photograph hanging on my grandfather’s wall.
Whenever I’m traveling for personal projects or assignments, I’m daydreaming about being home with my wife and two young children. When I’m home, I’m antsy, wondering how the hell we’re going to pay next month’s bills while changing diapers, chasing toddlers and kissing boo-boos. Life is a constant roller coaster, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When I’m not making pictures you’ll probably find me rocking out to some weird mix of music in my car or studio.
The work on this site is available for licensing and as limited edition fine art prints. Please contact me directly for more information.
Huang Qingjun is a Chinese photographer, whose insightful visual commentaries allow us to look into the live
of Chinese society. His photographs were widely exhibited in China and abroad. For his project "Family Stuff", Huang spent 10 years taking pictures of 37 families, living in different parts of China. He hoped that this project will direct more light on Chinese families' living standards in different areas, as well as on changes in society. Families and their stuff - silent representation of what's important in their everyday life, how much or how little they have, and the landscape in which their lives go on - all these elements combined make this emotional, amazing project. Huang Qingjun hoped to open a window of China to the world, and he succeeded.
Group of girls run around the fields, forests and beaches. Captivating images taken by Japanese photographer Osamu Yokonami are more like stills from some strange, but beautiful movie. Clean frames, surprising scenes and a band of girls - so cool!
'It is a collective portrait where girls wear the same clothes. Each person has each personality. I tried to give a bit of distance between each in this work. Then the existence of each person disappeared and the existance of the group appeared instead. The strength and beauty as a collective entity stand out more by being in the nature. I was attracted to the expressiveness of the group.'