For this month’s featured photographer we have Matt Lawson of Matt Lawson Photography. He travels throughout Australia to take photographs and capture beauty, taking you on a journey and making you feel something.
Tell us a bit about your personal life
I’m 37 years old and I’m engaged to a wonderful woman with a new baby due in March. I have two beautiful kids aged 7 and 5. I love photography and basketball as well as bush-walks.
Was there anything specific that you can remember that made you want to become a photographer?
I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, but about 2 years ago, I was travelling a lot for work, so to break up the trips I started to take photos on my iPhone.
I joined a few photography groups and when I started to get great feedback on my composition, I decided to get more serious about capturing Australia’s beautiful landscapes.
What Inspires you?
I’m constantly inspired by other photographers (I’ve had some amazing mentors that have helped with constructive critiques). I’m also inspired by the thought of capturing beauty that others fail to see in everyday scenery.
What was the first camera that you received?
My very first camera was a bright red, kodak point and shoot, back in the “film” days on my 8th birthday. My first DSLR was a second hand Canon 500D. It still takes great shots.
Do you have just a small everyday pocket camera?
I don’t really have a pocket camera, but I like to use my iPhone 5s if I’m out and about with family. I try to never leave home without my DSLR.
Do you have an all time favourite camera/lens combination?
So far my favourite combination in my Canon 7D with my wide angle 10-22mm canon lens, however like most photographers, I’m always experimenting and looking to upgrade.
What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
I think two things make a great picture stand out. Composition is key. Leading someone into a photo can help to tell your story and capture the audience. I also think that shooting something that makes people “feel” is important. Evoking an emotion is always my goal as that is what attracts me to other people’s work.
Is there anyone that you haven’t photographed yet that you’d like to?
Being a basketball fan, I’d loved to photograph Michael Jordan. Locally, I think it’d be great to capture the faces of our country cattle stations and couple them with stories of the land.
Do you have any tips for an aspiring photographer who’s picking up a camera for the first time?
Shoot from the heart. Try to convey what you feel through your lens. Try to look at things from a different perspective. Get down low. Get up high. Always be proud of your work and join as many photography groups as you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Also, don’t feel down if you have a bad day. All of us have them occasionally.
Could you share with us some of your favourite photos and tell us why they are your favourite?
This photo was taken in Pakenham. It’s of a horse named PJ who is a remarkable 41 years old. The light was just right at the time and it quickly became my favourite shot when I got back home to review it.
This photo was taken on a work trip to Mildura. It had been a miserable day, but as I drove through Ouyen the skies opened up and I was lucky enough to capture the rays over a beautiful country property.
This photo was taken on my first visit to Princes Pier in Melbourne. I like it because it’s a different perspective to what most people capture at the same location.
Could you share with us photos of photographers you like and tell us why you find their work interesting?
I love the work of Gary P Hayes. He photographs around the Blue Mountains and has a great eye. All of his photographs are beautifully composed too.
I also love the beachscape photography of Andy Hutchinson. I can really feel the warmth in all of his photo and the composition is perfect..
I’ve also found both photographers have been more than happy to offer tips and encouragement.
Is there anything you’d like to add about photography and your journey as a photographer that we haven’t asked?
I started to take photos with my iPhone to escape the loneliness of long road trips, but have found that it’s opened a whole new perspective to my life. I now see all of the beauty around me in a way that I’d never witnessed it before. If everyone could look up from their phones for long enough, they’d see how beautiful our country truly is.
To learn more about Matt visit his Facebook page.
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