Graham A. Matthews interest in fine art photography builds upon 40 years freelance experience shooting everything from sport to fashion.
Influenced by such artists as Joan Fontcuberta, Salvador Dali and Sebastião Salgado, Graham's work seeks to challenge established beliefs and our preconceived ideas of life, death and reality.
His latest work examines the 'persistence of change' highlighting the toxic relationship we have with our existence and how our lives are regularly being transformed at an unprecedented pace. Whether that's the environmental damage we're doing to our mother earth or the constant pressure on individuals struggling to keep up with societies ever changing values or our personal struggles to ward off our inevitable demise, the persistence of change is all around us, permeating into every aspect of our lives.
Not all of his work is studio based, a keen traveller, Graham has been to many countries around the world seeking out images that reflect both the past and the present, but confesses there still half the planet he hasn't seen yet. So a taster of his extensive travel photography portfolio can be seen here too.
Graham has also worked in local theatre and over 25 years with the group has undertaken every role, including creating all the show publicity material such as advertising posters, show photographs, cast portraits, programme design, set designing and prop making but also time as an actor, stage manager, show producer and show director.
He has also appeared on television in 9 broadcast Tv programmes many on the subject of the paranormal, working alongside 'Tom Baker' of Dr Who fame, Paul Darrow (Blake's Seven) and Claudia Christian (Babylon Five) where his role was to analyse and comment on alleged ghostly photographs.
In his latest role, Graham is the director of photography for Scott Bailey's fantasy film trilogy Crystal of the Gods, Destiny of the Crystal and the latest movie currently being filmed, War of the Crystal, as well as creating props and costumes for the movies.
When not travelling, filming or shooting in his Hertfordshire based studio, Graham teaches photography in a series of basic one to one courses, passing on his skills and experience.
A versatile and talented photographer / film maker Graham brings a wealth of experience to every project and assignment.