Matthew took a few moments to answer my questions, giving insight into his aesthetic. For more on Matthew and his work, take a moment to visit http://www.matthewandhiscamera.com/.
My aesthetic changes a lot. I am constantly look for new ways of presenting subjects and landscapes. I work a lot with film and it leads to a lot of experimenting. But I always seem to have an overall goal of presenting an unfamiliar view of familiar scenes.
How did you arrive at your current aesthetic?
I am always trying new things. Most of it is experimentation. I like not knowing what I am going to get, which is why I still shoot a lot of film. Currently I am playing around with soaking my film. Using soaps, alchohols, etc. to manipulate the colors in my photos. Searching for ways to take a photo that makes it seem more like a memory. Unclear and dreamlike.
What do you seek to address with your photography?
I dont know if I seek to address anything specifically. I am always looking for something new and different. In this age of instagram and tumblr, its easy to consume a lot of images and its hard to find anything that you haven't seen before. I am always searching for something that will change my perspective.
What been a few of your favorite environments and images to capture?
Since I returned to Minnesota after living in Seattle, I have been trying to address the environment and culture of MN. I really miss a lot of the aesthetics of the PNW, but Minnesota offers a rich familiar environment. I am using photography to get reaquainted with my home state.
One thing that draws me to your work is the juxtaposition of rural and urban, nature woven together with the human constructed. Would this be a fair assessment and, if so, how has this changed between locales (Minneapolis and Seattle)?
That is a fair assesment. I think that a big change has been how I capture my subject. Instead of just shooting to create an environment, I have been focusing more on the subjects of the photo's and telling their story. More literary than atmospheric.