'IT'S ALWAYS HARD TO GET ACCESS TO INTERESTING SUBJECTS': PHOTOGRAPHER MATT KELLY

'It's Always Hard To Get Access To Interesting Subjects': Photographer Matt Kelly
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'IT'S ALWAYS HARD TO GET ACCESS TO INTERESTING SUBJECTS': PHOTOGRAPHER MATT KELLY



Written by Dont Panic
06 Monday 06th March 2017

We catch up with London photographer Matt Kelly to chat camera formats, current work and forthcoming plans...

Hey Matt. How’re you finding 2017 so far? 

2017 has been been good so far, but the rest of the year should be better

Over time, how do you think your style - if at all - has changed?

I think the way I shoot is pretty much the same, but my interests, abilities and things that surround me are always changing 

What's been your favourite location to shoot in so far?

It would probably have to be London, also loved shooting the streets in Dublin

Do you ever feel constrained by your style, format, influences? How do you challenge yourself? 

I have always shot what's around me in life or to a brief for someone else, but I'm trying to develop more of my own ideas and direction. Also, I much prefer shooting with a film camera but I'm trying to shoot more digital, so that I'm not relying on the film look to get a picture I'm happy with.

What do you hope to achieve by sharing your work online?

I don't really put my work online expecting anything back. I like looking at other people's work and I hope that people enjoy mine. I only really post stuff that I've shot for myself, if I didn't share them then they would just sit around on a hard drive. Instagram is also a low key portfolio if you ever want to show someone something.

What would you most like to shoot that, for whatever reason, you haven’t managed to and why? 

That's tough. I work as a photographer's assistant so I'm not fully concentrating on my own shoots. There's a lot of stuff I want to shoot, but working and renting in London keeps me pretty busy at the moment. I want to shoot a proper photo story but I'm still deciding what it will be. It's always hard to get access to interesting subjects... 

Do you have any projects lined up in the foreseeable?

I want to do an exhibition with a friend at some point this year, and want to go on a road trip to another country soon- which will be photographed of course. I also have a test shoot next week.

Anyone you’d like to shout out?

Shout out Fine Dining 2099 and my gran, Julie. 

Cheers Matt. Follow the photographer on Instagram here.

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