Sunday, August 14, 2011

DC Tourist

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I have been on the east coast for meetings since last week, but luckily had some down time and was able to meet up with friend and fellow shooter Patrick Smith for a proper tourist's tour of DC.

Photographing (other) tourists is usually more fun than just taking pictures of the the sights, so here's a few I enjoyed wandering with the 50mm.

Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dear Bloggy

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Dear Bloggy,

I know it's been quite awhile since I've fed you.

So here's a smile in the meantime.

I've been very busy, but will update you with a substantial amount of food (read: photos) very soon.

Love,

Matt

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hey Mr. Postman!

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Chris West started walking his postal route in Sandpoint after he left the United States Marine Corps about a year ago. "I walk about seven miles per day," said West, who does it with a smile regardless of the weather.

He's by far the best postman I've ever had, and I've had quite a few over the years throughout the American West. Didn't manage to post this during the dead of winter, but couldn't resist giving a nice little salute to the nice guy who makes sure I get my mail each day.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Northwest Skijoring Culture

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Late last year while sitting at the kitchen table in my home here in Sandpoint, Idaho, I could hear the sounds of a motorbike driving around the fresh snow in the alley behind our house. A quick look out the window and I noticed a skier in tow, but little did I know this would not be the start or end of my education about Skijoring.

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Weeks later I learned of a complete culture devoted to the art of skiing (or snowboarding) while being towed on a rope. Skijoring started hundreds of years ago in Scandinavia as a method of transportation and competitive sport, but has since seen some serious growth in popularity in certain parts of the United States.

The folks at Wired.com's Playbook were just as intrigued as I was, and decided to run a story including my coverage from the first-ever competitive Skijoring event in North Idaho all the way to Whitefish, MT for the Skijoring World Championships.

Read the story:
Skijoring: The Awesome Marriage of Skiing and Horseback Riding

See a slideshow of more favorites and read on here.


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When I learned about the Skijoring event here in Sandpoint, one of the first thoughts that entered my mind was Sol Neelman's book project on The Weird World of Sports. So I dropped him an e-mail, and a short time later he was on his way out after shooting Outhouse Racing somewhere in central Washington.

Sol is one stand up dude. For someone who has been in the world of photojournalism for 14 years and seen his fair share of awards, he doesn't walk around with the attitude that some photographers think it's absolutely necessary to project. He was new to the game once before and knows that freelancing can be tough, but urged me (and all the other freelancers getting started) to just keep at it, do what you love, and create a niche market for yourself.

We stopped by the Doggy Keg Pull in downtown Sandpoint before heading over to the main event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. My only major regret in Mr. Neelman's visit was that he wasn't coming through again a couple weeks later for the World Skijoring Championships in Whitefish.

But luckily a motley crue assembled itself for the experience.

DVAFoto's Scott Brauer and I had a chat, and without much convincing he was wanting one last photo adventure before moving to Boston from his home in Montana. Local photo pal Theron Humphrey had just quit his corporate photographer job to travel the country for his Wild Idea and to do some soul searching, he was already on board before I even needed to ask. And editor/publisher of the indie-weekly The Sandpoint Reader, Zach Hagadone couldn't resist making the voyage with all of us either.

We spent the weekend taking it all in together, learning about Skijoring and quietly noticing how two distinctly different groups could come together in quite a harmonious way.

And that's when it struck me.

Not everyone may choose the same style of photography, it's a wide world. We may not all even choose the same subject matter or employ the same techinques. But it's absolutely necessary to bond together (much like the skijoring crowd) and support each others' work, helping to inspire and challenge each other to keep moving forward and grow with our craft.

Skijoring meant personal growth for me as a photographer, and thankfully there were some pretty cool dudes around who I got to know even better.