For over 15 years Matt has been working in the design & technology industry where he has helped individuals, not-for-profits and fortune 500 brands create quality user experiences online. Matt is currently a digital user experience consultant and freelance web developer in addition to being an emerging fine art photographer. Matt lives in the Waterloo Region in southern Ontario, Canada with his wife and two kids.
My work stems from an immense appreciation of the natural world and human creativity. I aim to capture photographs that tell a story around the intersection of these two themes. Through art and technology, we are able to experience and understand nature unlike any other time in human history, however our creations have enabled us to exploit and consume its resources at ever increasing rates. I aim to celebrate human creativity while at the same time touch on some of the adverse effects it can have on the natural world. My hope is that through an artistic lens I can promote a more sustainable use of our creative energy so the natural world can continue to be a source of wonder and inspiration for generations to come.
My current project focuses on capturing night sky images that visualize the relationship between my two themes through light. Many of us haven’t witnessed the expanding veil of artificial light that is reducing our view outward into the expanse of space. Our civilization was built on people looking upward into the night sky and wondering about existance, physics, philosophy and more. Today, as most people in urban areas can no longer see the stars, they turn their heads downward into phones and engage with the world through filters and social feeds instead. The implication of this shift is not clear and I want my photographs to be a point of reflection for the viewer, allowing them to make their own conclusions about our future and the impacts of our actions.
In all of my images I aim to capture light in its more faint, unique and rare forms to show interesting perspectives of nature and our relationship with it. My images are one part artistic impression and one part pure documentary. The images represent reality in that they are never a composite of different locations or elements taken at different times. The images are always taken within a short time frame and use techniques such as long exposure photography, photo stitching and image stacking to produce a higher fidelity or more accurate representation.
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