Matt Shallenberger | Los Angeles CA, USA

Short bio…

I was born in Hawaii, but moved several times back and forth across the U.S. After pursuing a degree in literature, I returned eventually to photography, having been the begrudging assistant to my father, a wildlife photographer, for the whole of my childhood. I currently live in Los Angeles, which is a remarkable homebase for a landscape photographer. The west of the United States has a whole planet’s worth of diversity.

You shoot film because…

The pace, mechanics, and ritual of shooting film are a critical part of my experience when I’m taking pictures. I’m primarily a landscape photographer, and to encounter a place and decide how to treat it is my most favorite thing. Shooting film slows me down so that I’m forced to look at the character of a place, rather than just the moment.

Your photography feels like…

I am almost always alone when I take a photograph, and i hope that looking at my photography, in the best way, feels like being alone.

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