Stores Assistant: The Institute of Photography
Matthew first started taking an interest in the visual arts at the age of 15; occupying his free time with producing web graphics for various small-scale clients. Highly motivated and becoming rapidly adept with programs such as The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) and Photoshop, he developed his skills into college, studying Graphic Design, Photography and Media Studies.
Although having a seemingly photographic background, Matthew’s initial inspirations and motivations were first saturated in the fictional drawings of the Japanese artist, Teikoku Shounen, also known as Imperial Boy. Shounen’s work became gospel, offering a romantic experience of a world far from our own. He believed that these rich, unearthly colours echoed a destitute harshness inherent within our own reality.
Matthew later sought to focus primarily on his photographic studies; a shift from graphic design towards long-term, self-initiated photographic projects which could more suitably convey his vision.