View his commercial and personal portfolio produced during this year, along with his year-end interview below:
A quick Interview with Matthew
When you started the programme, what genre of photography were you interested in and had this shifted over the year?
I was interested in landscape, portrait, macro and still life when starting the course and I am always interested in those genres, but I have taken a fondness to new genres like fashion and product as well.
Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?
I choose digital photography because of the versatility, reliability, convenience and the fact I can shoot without worrying about running out of film.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
I find myself drawn to shooting people, wildlife and objects or products.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Impulsive, open-ended, simple.
Why did you choose to study photography?
I chose to study photography because it was a hobby and passion of mine that I saw a future in pursuing as a full or part-time career.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
For me, the most noteworthy shoot I have done would be my fashion shoot in term 3. It was my first proper fashion shoot, and it required me to travel a significant amount for a shoot for the first time.
Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how?/why?
My biggest photographic influencer is Peter McKinnon because I like his style of shooting, editing and the subject matter he chooses to shoot. Another reason he is my biggest influencer is that I learned a lot of what I knew going into the course from tutorials he makes.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
The biggest misconception I had was that photography was easy or straightforward. I thought I knew a lot, but during the duration of the course, I came to learn that I barely scratched the surface.
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?
The most valuable thing I learned, aside from all the technical knowledge, is to be persistent, persevere and always do my best for a shoot.
What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?
I would tell them to be prepared to work hard every day, to have all the necessary equipment and to be financially responsible as things can get pricy.
How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?
I feel like I see the world through a lens, continually seeing photo opportunities, making mental notes of location and composition. It also made me more open to taking risks and going places or doing things for a photo that I otherwise wouldn’t think to do.
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