MATT BARNES

NIKON D750, TAMRON SP 70–200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD LENS, 75MM, F/8, 1/100S, ISO 400

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This photo was cap­tured on a re­cent trip back to Matt’s home­town in Tas­man. On a crisp, clear win­ter evening, he was sit­ting on the couch when he saw an in­tense pink hue be­gin to de­velop be­hind the clouds. Know­ing he hadn’t a mo­ment to lose, Matt jumped in the car and headed to the in­lets out­side Motueka to cap­ture the amaz­ing colour cast. The re­sult­ing im­age was cap­tured hand­held on the side of the road, by the wa­ter’s edge. “The spon­tane­ity of the story of tak­ing this im­age is the essence of what I love about pho­tog­ra­phy — it cre­ates that de­sire to go out and cap­ture ev­ery in­ter­est­ing mo­ment,” says Matt. “Whether that be ex­plor­ing the sto­ries of aban­doned build­ings, in­ter­act­ing with strangers on the street, or, as in this case, get­ting out there and en­joy­ing our beau­ti­ful coun­try — pho­tog­ra­phy is the cat­a­lyst for so many of those ex­pe­ri­ences for me.”

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