2020-2022 — Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, USA
About this series
Scenes From The South is a project that came about through a series of assignments in and around Georgia, Tennessee and both North and South Carolina. Due to the recently implemented Covid guidelines, I found myself with more down-time between shoot days. I decided to use this time by exploring my surroundings as this part of the county was new to me. For my approach, I would pick a location on the map with the intention of stopping and taking a closer look at anything that caught my attention along the way, setting points like this throughout the day, trusting my instincts and following the light. In doing so, I discovered a lush landscape steeped in Southern culture and charm. From lively conversations with locals in Atlanta to the seemingly never ending coastline along the Carolinas, I was constantly challenging my preconceived notions about this region by what I was actively learning and discovering. There is something about the light, the atmosphere and the people in the South that I find fascinating and I look forward to future trips, digging a little deeper learning more about this unique part of the US.
Mathew is a California based commercial and documentary photographer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he was raised in a creative household where photography played a large role in his life from an early age. Although the interest was always there, it wasn’t until he was in his early 20’s and living in San Francisco that he decided to pursue a more formal education in the subject. He enrolled in the photo program at The Academy of Art where he earned his BFA in 2007. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco working on a variety of commissioned and personal projects.