Award winning Royal photographer Matt Porteous documents his passion for the ocean by capturing the beauty, fragility and force below the breaking waves.
Having grown up along the rugged coastline of Jersey in the Channel Islands, Matt has surfed, dived and swum his way into a peaceful and respectful relationship with the sea. His first yellow, underwater Minolta accompanied him everywhere. It was through that simple lens that he learnt to capture the sublime beauty of nature.
Matt’s love and delight in his surroundings is evident in his work. He captures and reveals the expression and detail that is seldom evident to the naked eye. His images are alive with emotion and movement; he enters the world of that image and allows us a glimpse of his excitement, his humour, his soul.
His mentors, close friends, and travel opportunities have all influenced his approach to his work over the past 20 years. He is passionate about his photography and always has been. The love he has for his work, the people and places that he encounters along the way is apparent in the detail and perspective, in the stories he tells in his photographs.
It is with fascination that one watches matt’s emersion in his subjects. He appears to be devoid of fear as he captures the enormity of waves, the ferocity of wind and the maelstrom of storms. His photographs of huge waves in Hawaii tangibly reveal the power of the ocean as it envelopes the surfer then tumbles and twists him, spitting out the surfboard, luring the viewer into his adrenaline-fuelled world. Dynamic flow, colour, vision, depth of field and charm all contribute to Matt’s professional photographic perspective.
Blessed with a calm and attentive demeanor and winning smile, people are drawn to and trust Matt. Perceptively, he understands his clients’ needs and produces above and beyond all expectations. The power of his photography is a result of him experiencing life as a journey and an adventure. He explores his world by seeking out intriguing and inspirational settings - Irresistible places that stir his creativity and urge him to enter their worlds. His lovely, gentle and respectful approach opens gateways and lives. He has travelled widely and has captured the harshly beautiful sand dunes of Namibia, the animals of the Etosha Pans, the quixotic essence of Cape Town and its rainbow residents, Hawaii in all its splendour and the length and breadth of European culture and history.
The ocean holds a special place in Matt’s life. Having grown up along the rugged coastline of Jersey in the Channel Islands, he has surfed, dived and swum his way into a peaceful and respectful relationship with the sea. He communicates his passion for the preservation and appreciation of our oceans by portraying their beauty, fragility and force. Just as he is committed to the guardianship of our environment, he is also engrossed in pursuing excellence in the quality of his work. Matt has won many awards for his pictures over the years from professional bodies and photography magazines in categories such as Travel, Sport and Weddings. However, his real motivation and drive to work tirelessly on his projects, is to capture the vitality of life.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou