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Matt Stapleton

Photography has been a life-long passion for me. From the time I received my first manual focus SLR at age 12, a Pentax K-1000, I have been a student of light. There’s something utterly magical to me about capturing images, and to this day I find myself transfixed by the cameras ability to not only record the world around us, but also capture the subtle nuances of emotions and feelings.

I moved to Maine in 1998 to attend the Maine College of Art, where I received my BFA in Fine Art, and instantly fell in love with the rugged beauty that typifies life in New England. Although I majored in painting, my formal training and background in the visual arts has played an undeniable role in my development as a photographer. Over the years I’ve strived to not merely create a static depiction of the scenes I photograph, but rather to create something that will resonate with the viewer on a deeper spiritual and emotional level. As a result, photography for me has become the process by which I reconcile my inner vision with my vision of the world around me.

It brings me great pleasure to be able to share the knowledge I’ve gained through half a lifetime spent behind the camera, not only through the images I capture, but more importantly through sharing my knowledge and skills with others as they develop their photographic vision.