Matthew Martin also known as “Brother Matthew” Is a photographer exploring all the reflections of color within our surroundings. Brother Matthew as he is known in the photo artist world says he chose that name because he has always seen himself as a part of a larger group. He does have thirteen siblings. He also has thirty five siblings by marriage ( his wife is one of twelve children.) He sees himself as a brother to all. He reflects that feeling of brotherhood in his artistic interpretation of his photography.
Matt’s current photographic style has its genesis from his work in the construction field. His job is to observe and record construction work as it is being constructed. He discovered that by using an eclectic post production process he has found a way to pull out any and all colors reflected within the building materials he observes every day. It has been a constant discovery he said recently. “I am always interested in finding what colors I can find in ordinary items. I now see the world differently, I’m always looking deeply at ordinary things that have reflections in them.” He says many shiny metal objects have surprisingly quite a bit of color reflections that the camera senses that the human eye cannot see. He then uses his post production program to pull out the different shades and colors inside the materials he is photographing. He will then manipulate the colors to produce some amazing works. Some of his favorite elements are concrete walls. There are completely new sceneries in all the different remnants that the concrete formwork leaves behind. The different impressions can be exploited to create interesting abstract scenes. Rust is another of Martin’s go to subjects He said; “I never know what colors are coming out from a particular rusty item. I look for interesting shapes then turn the post production dials up to eleven to discover beauty in the ordinary.” He has a photo of a rusted street tree grate made it into a piece that is reminiscent of an Aztec god.
“I find there is hidden color in all things as well as within ourselves. I think we all would do well to look deeply within ourselves to see our own colors. Colors unique to each of us. when we find our own colors, we need to illuminate and strengthen those colors by working to bring them out. And sometimes in our “post production” of ourselves we need to turn the dials up to eleven”