Matthew Harris

Where are you from/based now?

From Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia. Still here -for now.

What is your background in Photography? What got you started?

I would document things with disposable cameras as a child, now photos are a habit. Possibly as a shy way to relate to the world or a good excuse for interactions. My grandmother had Alzheimer's too, so I guess I'm kind of frightened of forgetting anything.

What equipment do you use?

Eyes mostly, a brain, some fingers, cheap cameras.

What are your feelings on Film Vs Digital?

I was once very passionately 'film', but now realise it's all just a means to and end. Film is what I tend to use most -aesthetic reasons, not nostalgia. Whichever works best at the time and conveys what it needs to.

Do you have a creative process? Are your shots planned or spontaneous?

Sometimes I dream art and often use those ideas when awake, that's a fruitful process.

Apart from clearly set-up works like all the backwards portrait Polaroids, photos generally happen spontaneously and immediately.

Who or what inspires you?

Everything. People, all their stuff / not people, before and after people.

Recently I read 'Against Interpretation' by Susan Sontag because it was dedicated to Paul Thek. Basic summary: think less, feel more. She's probably right.

Is there a particular photographer, site, set of images or a photo book that you keep coming back to for inspiration?

The project 'Learning To Love You More' by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July is something I think about often, not photos specifically but nice actions and ideas.

Are you working on a project at the moment?

A few all at once, predominately an exhibition in September named 'Parts'. More objects, installation and spatial fun than photographs -it's all related.

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