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Empty Pool, CA Photograph - Limited Edition of 10

Matthew Portch


Photography, Photo on Paper

Size: 27.5 W x 20.6 H x 0.1 D in

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'Empty Pool, CA', is a multi-award-winning image. 'Lost America' examines a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is, in a sense, 'on pause'. Backwater towns and rural corners are juxtaposed with the ambiguity of detached suburbia. Places appear frozen in time, their inhabitants absent or long since departed. Ardently stagnant in appearance, the places yearn to instill a melancholic feeling of familiarity. One might not notice these spaces when viewed within the vast stretch of America’s panorama. Yet, framed as a vignette, each space could appear to echo a moment of mournful reverie and reflective contemplation. Using a scrupulous method of capture, Matthew’s work looks to alter our view of familiar habitats as conscious retrospections in fine art photography. His creative vision captures a calm and melancholic disposition in the landscape, evoking an emotional response from within. Environments are appraised as simple, clean, and graphic impressions, and convoluted vistas are reduced to modest visions of wistful clarity. Purposefully devoid of people and any notable present-day objects, the images appear to have no concept of time. The discernibly banal metamorphoses into a perception of aesthetic beauty. Matthew’s work has garnered numerous international awards, received recognition in the global press, and been featured in multiple exhibitions in Australia and internationally. These beautifully printed giclee prints are made to order with archival-quality ultrachrome pigment-based inks. 100% cotton rag fine art archival stock has been specially chosen to enhance the images’ distinctive appearance. State-of-the art printers are used to produce fine art gallery prints of the highest standard. All prints come with a signed certificate of authenticity.

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Photography:Photo on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:27.5 W x 20.6 H x 0.1 D in

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I grew up in the seventies in Bristol, England, in a typical middle-class suburb. Television and movies were my favourite indulgences, especially anything from the USA. The scenery was so different and exciting compared to the humdrum of the English city suburbs and countryside. As a child, I was a keen illustrator spending hours pouring over the minutia of the subject matter. In college, I studied Graphic Design and Photography and I pursued a successful career in Graphic Design. In the millennium, the digital revolution spurred my interest in photography once more. Ironically, it was the large format film photographers of the 1960s and 1970s from North America who inspired me the most. I was fascinated by the seemingly ordinary street scenes and vistas that were captured with fastidious detail. I discovered a more modern process in the form of a technical camera, digital back, and precision optics, then proceeded to cast my own journey. I like to keep my pictures simple, clean, and graphic, which resonates with my background in design. I also want them to be free of people. I prefer to keep the viewer guessing as to when the picture was taken and even try to omit any associations with the modern day. When I photograph a scene, I like to capture everything across the frame in complete focus to give a heightened sense of reality. Given that the theme is so sedate, the detail of the capture is just as important as the subject matter and becomes a character of the image in itself. I use the full size of the sensor and prefer not to crop. I like to restrict myself to these disciplines as the most austere part of the image process—a digital reverence for the era of large format film, if you will. My creative vision is to capture a calm and austere disposition in the landscape and create a scene of discernible simplicity to evoke an emotional and melancholic response from within.

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