Photochat: Matt Moran
Who are you?
My Name is Matt Moran, I am currently studying Editorial and Advertising Photography at the University of Gloucestershire. I grew up in Topsham, a small village on the outskirts of Exeter in Devon. My work focuses on my life, and I suppose I have fallen into a documentary style of photography. I rarely plan shoots, rather I capture what I see and what interests me.
How long have you been taking photos for?
I have been taking photos for about 6 years now, but only started to take photography seriously after my art foundation in Exeter. I took a gap year between college and uni which made me realise that photography was something that I wanted to pursue. In that time I travelled around the world which gave me time to experience other cultures and places.
What sort of equipment do you use?
A passion for film is something that has definitely changed the direction of my work. I shoot on a range of different cameras, Ricoh GR1s, Hasselblad c/m, Mamiya 67 and a Canon AE-1. Using film has given me the mindset to take time over images, due to film not being cheap. I want to make every shot count, especially as I am a poor student.
What made you start shooting?
Like I said before, I think it was the time I spent travelling with my friends that made me realise that I wanted to capture my experiences. I want to be able to share these moments with others, and photography is what I have a passion for. I often look to find an interesting image in the most mundane situations and locations.
What is your favourite image you have taken?
This was shot as part of a project me and my friend James did. We decided to take a ride out into the countryside to places we had never seen before and document what we found. It was a really foggy day and after cycling up the biggest hill ever we came across this field with one pylon in it. The wires disappeared into the mist and the structure stood alone, giving the scene a surreal feeling. This is my favourite because I was documenting real emotions in places we had never been. It’s hard to explain, but we had the same viewpoint on the cycle ride, as the audience has when looking at the image for the first time. Both garner instinctive reactions.
What influences you?
Some of my favourite images are a series by Alec Soth- Broken Manual. His use of light and composition is quite neutral and gives a sense of space which allows the viewer to engage with the image. This is something I aim to achieve. Influence for my work comes from everywhere; friends, the places I visit, my home. My work seems to be instinctive at the moment.
Obviously I want to be successful as a photographer, but at the moment I want to make the most of the time I have left at uni and continue to develop my photography. I have a few projects on the go including a group exhibition showing work from students in Cheltenham.