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Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Priestley 

In Matthew’s own words: I grew up in a few spots around the US, mostly in Florida where I went to high school and started University. Sometime when I was pretty young, my parents bought me a book on how to draw the human face. It taught me symmetry and balance (and how deviations from either can be beautiful), and started a life long obsession with the idea of portrait. I eventually adapted this to the medium of photography. I got a finance degree for some reason, but would skip class to shoot my friends in the desert, or in the woods, or in my living room with whatever random light I could find. A lot of it was terrible, but all of it was necessary. I started shooting models about 3 years ago, and I’ve lived in the New York area for about 6 months.

Who are your favourite photographers?
Annie Leibovitz, Txema Yeste, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Billy Kidd, Tim Walker, Tim Walker, Tim Walker

Did you always want to be a photographer?
No. I started drawing when I was a kid, and did that until I was in college. I bought my first camera in my early 20s. I wanted to make films actually. (I still do.)

What advice would you give to starting out photographers?
Say no to the wrong opportunities, even the big ones.

What are your plans for 2013?
Meet people, travel, find stories to tell, let go of myself a little.

matthewpriestley.com 

By Elliott Morgan 

directorofphoto:

Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Priestley 

In Matthew’s own words: I grew up in a few spots around the US, mostly in Florida where I went to high school and started University. Sometime when I was pretty young, my parents bought me a book on how to draw the human face. It taught me symmetry and balance (and how deviations from either can be beautiful), and started a life long obsession with the idea of portrait. I eventually adapted this to the medium of photography. I got a finance degree for some reason, but would skip class to shoot my friends in the desert, or in the woods, or in my living room with whatever random light I could find. A lot of it was terrible, but all of it was necessary. I started shooting models about 3 years ago, and I’ve lived in the New York area for about 6 months.

Who are your favourite photographers?
Annie Leibovitz, Txema Yeste, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Billy Kidd, Tim Walker, Tim Walker, Tim Walker

Did you always want to be a photographer?
No. I started drawing when I was a kid, and did that until I was in college. I bought my first camera in my early 20s. I wanted to make films actually. (I still do.)

What advice would you give to starting out photographers?
Say no to the wrong opportunities, even the big ones.

What are your plans for 2013?
Meet people, travel, find stories to tell, let go of myself a little.

matthewpriestley.com 

By Elliott Morgan 

directorofphoto:

Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Priestley 

In Matthew’s own words: I grew up in a few spots around the US, mostly in Florida where I went to high school and started University. Sometime when I was pretty young, my parents bought me a book on how to draw the human face. It taught me symmetry and balance (and how deviations from either can be beautiful), and started a life long obsession with the idea of portrait. I eventually adapted this to the medium of photography. I got a finance degree for some reason, but would skip class to shoot my friends in the desert, or in the woods, or in my living room with whatever random light I could find. A lot of it was terrible, but all of it was necessary. I started shooting models about 3 years ago, and I’ve lived in the New York area for about 6 months.

Who are your favourite photographers?
Annie Leibovitz, Txema Yeste, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Billy Kidd, Tim Walker, Tim Walker, Tim Walker

Did you always want to be a photographer?
No. I started drawing when I was a kid, and did that until I was in college. I bought my first camera in my early 20s. I wanted to make films actually. (I still do.)

What advice would you give to starting out photographers?
Say no to the wrong opportunities, even the big ones.

What are your plans for 2013?
Meet people, travel, find stories to tell, let go of myself a little.

matthewpriestley.com 

By Elliott Morgan 

directorofphoto:

Photographer Spotlight: Matthew Priestley 

In Matthew’s own words: I grew up in a few spots around the US, mostly in Florida where I went to high school and started University. Sometime when I was pretty young, my parents bought me a book on how to draw the human face. It taught me symmetry and balance (and how deviations from either can be beautiful), and started a life long obsession with the idea of portrait. I eventually adapted this to the medium of photography. I got a finance degree for some reason, but would skip class to shoot my friends in the desert, or in the woods, or in my living room with whatever random light I could find. A lot of it was terrible, but all of it was necessary. I started shooting models about 3 years ago, and I’ve lived in the New York area for about 6 months.

Who are your favourite photographers?
Annie Leibovitz, Txema Yeste, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Billy Kidd, Tim Walker, Tim Walker, Tim Walker

Did you always want to be a photographer?
No. I started drawing when I was a kid, and did that until I was in college. I bought my first camera in my early 20s. I wanted to make films actually. (I still do.)

What advice would you give to starting out photographers?
Say no to the wrong opportunities, even the big ones.

What are your plans for 2013?
Meet people, travel, find stories to tell, let go of myself a little.

matthewpriestley.com 

By Elliott Morgan 

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