Short bio: Matthieu Litt is a Belgium based photographer, mainly working on personal projects. He received his BA in graphic design and photography from St Luc in Liège. He’s mainly interested in the notion of distance, and how he can visually break and explore it, by blurring the boundaries and landmarks between an image taken in his close surroundings and another from far abroad. This allows the viewer to wander and maybe raise more questions about what is being depicted. He likes to explore and portray neighbouring spots as well as more remote areas, his last journey taking him around Central-Asia. His first book issued from the Horsehead Nebula serie has been released in last december.
Why do you photograph on film? I mainly work on film because I can stay focused on what’s happening. Film photography is about selecting what you shoot, it’s like editing the images before taking them. I also prefer the feel and tonal rendition of the film rather than digital, I get what made me shoot. Sometimes it turn out a little different from what I expected, which add something.
What is your work about? Over there, there are so many horses that they don’t even bother to name them. This area of the Faristan, wild, unknown and so fantasied about, is a mix of beauty and harshness, landlocked between the trenches of the mountains. It’s a quest for the sublime, for distance, but also for the imagery and beliefs related to its pursuit. It’s like making a waking dream come true. Like catching the feelings of this terrestrial paradise, where the borders are as entangled as the mountain ranges that define them. It’s a state between imagination and conciseness, between the quest and the sense of already having seen these spaces where the people are forged by their environment. A hesitation between mirage and the reality of what is appearing on the horizon, probably because we are more open to being surprised.