“It has taken me three decades to return to those early childhood years when I would play with the camera, then merely interact with it on a technical level. The craft of photography that was passed on to me by an adult when I was very young is still with me today. My love for photography has truly been reignited working with the historic process - and I’m still playing.”
Matt Larson has been working and playing with plastic toy cameras since the mid-90s. His affinity for toy cameras ignited as result of professional burnout. Thirty years in to his professional photography career, he discovered the joy of playing with simple, stress free plastic cameras. Upon seeing the very first roll of images from his 1970 plastic Diana camera, he was hooked and for the first time in his career, began making personal, fine art images.
Larson currently works in the historic wet plate collodion process which he learned from workshops offered by France Scully Osterman up in Rochester, N.Y. He enjoys traveling and photographing the natural landscapes found in county, state and national parks throughout the United States. His completed works are one-of-a-kind images on 4” x 4” blackened metal plates. Larson's goal is to have an Artist Residency with the National Park Service or individual park to continue his landscape project.
Matt is honored to have his work in the collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, University of South Florida, TAMCO and numerous private collections. He attended the Creative Capital Professional Development Program in 2014 - via a grant funded by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. In 2013, he received an Individual Artist Grant form the Hillsborough County Arts Council.