My name is Matt. I’m a film and wet plate photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a wife and two boys.
I got interested in photography young, and didn’t start shooting professionally until around 2005. I shot on film before I started shooting professionally (mostly because that was the only option). I followed the rest of the photography world to the digital age and switched to digital from film. I continued to shoot film for some personal work, but it was always just on the side. Through years of practice, I was starting to get my digital images to where I liked them, but could never quite get them to look right. I made a switch back to shooting film for my professional work a couple of years ago, and have been very happy with my work.
I was always interested in the history of photography and historic processes. I decided I would give wet plate photography a try. I ordered everything I would need and studied a lot of other photographers’ work and processes. I’ve been shooting wet plate for a couple of years and am still learning everyday. I love the process of wet plate and the hands-on aspect of it. It’s amazing to see it happen for the first time, it’s really like magic, and you can’t help but be amazed at the fact that you made, really MADE that image.
Back to the subject of film… I love shooting film, but I’ll be honest and say that I’m not a film-only photographer, nor a film activist. I think digital photography is a great medium just as is shooting on film. Most of the images you’ll see on my site are film images, but there are some of my favorite digital images as well. I’m not going to distinguish which images are film and which are digital here, because when it comes down to it, its about the image and not how I captured it.
Some of my side work includes: Adjunct Professor of Photography at Utah Valley University, Television Production for the Utah Jazz, Lab Tech at theFINDlab, Commercial Video Work, Reality Television Production (I know…), The Dean Bullock Photography Project.