“I was born in Bristol, England and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I grew up in the seventies on a steady diet of North American culture through TV and Film and I found myself invariably drawn to the country’s sombre, urban perspectives.
I studied Graphic Design and Photography at Brunel Technical College and pursued a successful career in Design up to the present day. In the millennium, with the arrival of a new digital evolution, I found myself inspired by photography once more. Ironically through this attraction, I became influenced by the American large format colour film photographers who gained notoriety
in the sixties and seventies.
I was fascinated by the seemingly ordinary looking street scenes and vistas. I discovered a more modern, yet similar process in the form of a technical camera, digital back, and precision optics, then proceeded to cast my own journey.
While drawing on my background in design, my creative vision was to capture an austere and sorrowful disposition in the landscape to create a scene of discernible simplicity. My pictures are purposefully absent of people or modern-day vehicles and objects which prevent detection of any particular date in time. ” – Matt Portch