ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Who are you? Introduce yourself.
I am Matt Walter. Human of Brisbane. You have entered the comedy area.
Give us a run down of what you do and your background.
I take photos of and give digital marketing advice to bands. Anything that helps bands most, which is generally photography or digital marketing help. I generally work with a small roster of bands because I think it makes for better photography work. You get this interesting glimpse into what goes into putting on a show, the personalities off-stage and I think that’s the natural extension of music photography. There’s so much more to music than the 45 minutes on stage, and that’s what I love capturing the most.
"My main goal is to capture the energy of a live show. It’s not something you can touch, just feel, so I try to capture a moment that can recreate that feeling."
Why did you get into photography? Any influences?
Photography was something I always felt had a huge barrier to entry, both financially and business-wise. It all seemed super exclusive and hard to break into. I’m not sure if that’s why I pushed hard to make something inside a dense niche. You know when you want something you feel you can’t have? Just human nature to work hard to break through. Turns out you can do photography and meet some of the best people while you’re doing it.
I’m influenced mainly by the music that I am shooting. My main goal is to capture the energy of a live show. It’s not something you can touch, just feel, so I try to capture a moment that can recreate that feeling. It’s never the same, but the emotion in the music is so powerful, I’m often influenced by it in a way that impacts my photography, for sure.
Your favourite piece you've done?
Favourite piece I’ve done is a special moment, but it’s not really a special photo in terms of photographic talent. The photo is of Violent Soho at Crowbar Brisbane during a surprise show. People were lined up around the block because tickets weren’t sold in advance.
Pretty standard photo of behind the band with the crowd going wild. What makes it special to me is that I actually thought it was a horrible photo. I flagged it for deletion on my first review of the photos. Someone saw me rejecting things and asked, “Why would you delete that?” I said I thought it was garbage but went ahead and edited it anyway. It’s now my most-sold print on my web store. It’s a nice reminder that you can be a little too close to your own work to make solid decisions on your work’s value. We’re always our own worst critic, and this is a nice reminder not to be so hard on myself.