Personal work by Manchester photographer Matt Priestley
A trip to India and the far east 20 years ago inspired me to ditch the day job, re-train and set up my photography business. I have never looked back. Self employment obviously presents challenges but the variety and scope for self direction is what makes this job so wonderful. As well as commission work I love to shoot for personal projects. It’s simple really. I like the basics, composition, light and and moments, that’s it. No great message. I love silhouettes, the natural environment and people, They are infinitely different and interesting. My absolute dream job would be to shoot landscapes, sadly there is no longer a living in the genre of photography. I attended a workshop run by the great Joe Cornish, one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape photographers who explained with the advent of digital he was no longer able to make a living wage from shooting landscapes alone. He has adapted his business, now offering training to bring in lost revenues. Digital has been a double edge sawed for professional photographers. Thousands of people have entered the market with access to inexpensive but fantastic digital equipment and, like music, photography is given away for little or no money. Sebastiao Salgado remains my favourite living photographer, his work posses a very rare magic that is almost indefinable.