We are pleased to announce the return of Matt Stock to the KCC. Matt will be talking about his new project photographing the endangered ecosystems in Florida.
As a fine art photographer most interested in threatened and endangered ecosystems, coral reefs and their inhabitants have long fascinated me. I have my camera away from light painting for this body of work and towards captive and manufactured mini-ecosystems found inside saltwater reef tanks. Divided into three chapters, this series is metaphorical and allegorical for our marine fishing and sustainability practices in Florida and beyond. Using specialized lighting, filters, and post-production techniques a world that is both local and foreign, native and alien, becomes apparent.
Matt Stock specializes in a photographic technique called painting with light. He describes his technique akin to "…sculpting with darkness as a medium. I chip away the shadows to reveal light and dimension the way a sculptor chips away at a block of marble to reveal the sculpture within."
On location, he literally paints his subjects with light whether he is lighting a shipwreck while balancing on a ladder in the middle of the ocean, or painstakingly lighting an abandoned marine stadium. Using multiple photos taken from a variety of angles with different lighting conditions, he combines the otherwise-similar images into a single luminous composition.
Matt’s work has been recognized by his peers for excellence by being juried into national art exhibitions and awards programs as well as Artist-in-Residence programs. His work is also in the permanent collection at the National Trust for Historic Spaces.
In 2016 Matt was selected by the National Park Service to be one of thirty current and former Artist-in-Residence artists of all mediums to represent the centennial anniversary of the National Parks in a yearlong display at Atlanta International Airport.
You can see Matt’s work at: