A handful of favourite images from Matt's photo collection
Star trails over the Harbour
One of the challenges of taking photos in a well-trampled tourist destination is try to find a unique perspective or a photo that differentiates between the millions of photos taken every day. Combining my passion for star trail photography I am proud of this unique image of Sydney greatest icons.
La Paz street protest
Recovering from altitude sickness and having read all the horror stories about traveling in Bolivia, I nervously took to the streets on my first day in La Paz, to be greeted by millions of (peaceful) protesters. Overwhelmed at first, I managed to take some amazing cultural photos like this one.
Himba girl - monochrome
A young Himba tribe woman stands by an animal skin over her home, a mud hut in a field. A contrast to a western world; the preservation of an ancient culture of such intriguingly decorated people that might not be here forever.
Machu Picchu - Inca guardian
I have a very strong passion and connection towards animals. Sometimes I see a reflection of myself in their behaviour. I love the photo for the cheeky nature of this very cooperative llama.
Sultry summer passion
My other passion is music. I live and breathe it much like photography and I also love watching other people enjoy it as much as I do. Here you can see the fusion of music and passion, igniting the soul.
Nature's glory and beauty
Top of the list of my all time favourite images, I still look at this photo and recall the glorious moment of excitement, wonder and positivity that I felt when I first saw the rays of light filtering through the tree fern. Taken over 10 year ago, this image still takes me to my happy place.
Tiptoe through the Tulips
Probably one of the sweetest photos I've ever taken, a young girl in a vibrant dress and floral hat wanders slowly along the rows of colourful tulips at Tesselaar's Tulip Farm in Silvan, Victoria.
Epic sunset breach off Manly
It's no secret that I love nature and wildlife and one of the highlights of my business is running Humpback Whale Migration Photo Safaris in the season. This is probably the best breach photo I've ever taken. A perfect full body breach right on sunset. Magical!
Ride the Lightning
Loud thunder still makes me jumpy but if I know that I'm missing out on a good lightning sky show I start to get antsy. I have taken many great lightning photos but I particularly like this one which shows the light trails of a commercial plane which happens to fly right into the path of an epic blitz.
Wild and Free
I have taken a lot of images of Zebras drinking by a waterhole, fighting with each other and sometimes showing affection. They are quite timid creatures so it is rare to capture a group of Burchell's Zebra running towards the camera. Like wild horses running on a beach, this image fills me with an uplifting feeling of "wild and free".
When you see this image I'm sure we can agree that this is one fit, flexible and well-illustrated human being. I have titled this image "Octopus Attack" because that is exactly what happened while I was taking the photo. The thought is as hard to shake off, just like that sticky sea creature was on the day.
Sunshine and happiness
An image that might not win any prizes but it reminds me that sunshine, happiness and light-heartedness are the key to a fulfilling life. I see this image as a self-portrait of simplicity, humour and not taking life too serious.
El Chalten - Patagonia
I used to do a lot of hiking and mountaineering and I would often slow with exhaustion and ask myself why was I doing this to myself. Photos like this sunrise over El Chalten (the smoking mountain) remind me of the reward for carting up to 30kgs of camera equipment up a mountain.
Ghost town sunrise
The simple but striking combination of contrasting colours of the rising sun turns a pale desert into an atmosphere of enriching warmth. Kolmanskop, now a ghost town was once a thriving diamond mining community until the diamonds were all taken and the town was left to the perils of the dry desert.
Onguma - monsoonal storm
On arrival at the Onguma Game Lodge in Namibia we were greeted by moody monsoon skies which displayed amazing colour and contrast. The build up of cloud suddenly came alive with lightning bolts. This image was taken across a waterhole with artificial coloured lights that complimented the scene.
Palmetto Gecko - dew on eyes
The colourful Palmetto Gecko is one of the "Little 5" of the Namib desert. It survives in the arid desert dunes along the Atlantic Coast of Namibia, feeding on small insects. It is seen here collecting condensation on its eyes from the moist desert air which builds and eventually it licks for hydration.