Worlds Apart An exhibition of sublime scenic art photography by Matthew Shepherd
13 December 2014 to 11 January 2015
Matthew has been travelling extensively since then - both in this country, including the Kimberley and other points west - and overseas in Micronesia, the wilds of South America and the glacial waters of North America.
His portfolio of sublime photography has continued to build and expand with images of street-life in far-off villages and human faces, but his art form and his artistic eye, remains primarily in his passion for landscape and the sea or other aquatic environments. This is the subject of Matthew’s latest exhibition, which, we feel, shows a further transition in his artistry in capturing and expressing the essence of his subject matter - playing with light and composition; detail and broader scale character of the ‘worlds’ that his lens and eye explores.
These worlds are truly quite ‘apart’, separated by a distinctive physicality and atmospherics. Matthew’s photography somehow presents opposition of the aquatic and terrestrial worlds, while evoking an ethereal commonality in both. His work also explores the meniscus that separates them and the transitions that sometimes occur in the environments that he has experienced - transitions from solid to liquid to vapour.
Matthew is still a young photographer - in his mid-twenties - but his experience and passion for his art form continues to drive amazing work - work that is a function of his eye, his camera and its settings, not Photoshop.
A taster of some of the works in the exhibition are also below. All photographs, including those shot in the gallery are by Matthew Shepherd. For a more comprehensive look, please view Matt’s Stock Room page.
We this was a stunning showcase of Matthew’s work as well as ‘art photography’, in the context of landscape/underwater/scenic photography. One of our favourite shows!
Sacred Invasion by Matthew Shepherd
"It was a dry hot day up in the Kimberly’s, something we had all become very use to in the month or so we had been on the road. Once we arrived at Emma Gorge I felt that there was something unique about the land, however we were not the only ones there and for good reason. It wasn't until I was up in the gorge with around 50 or so other guests that I felt a little low. Everyone seemed to respect this spot, however I wondered what this area would have meant to the traditional owners, without the five star hotel and restaurant only a small hike away."