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"I’m passionate about connecting people to the outdoors and appreciating what so many of us have on our doorstep"
Hey Matt! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. For those reading, tell us a little about yourself and how you got into aerial photography and filming...
I’m Matt, I am 28 years old and currently living in Falmouth. I’m an aerial photographer, using drones to capture photos and video around the Cornish coast and beyond. I first started flying drones around 4 years ago before they started to become really popular. I saw their potential and how they could change the way we view everyday life. After buying a cheap one and flying it for the first time I was hooked! Today I run my own business and I’m a full-time photographer / videographer. I love it, everyday is different and it gets you outside so much, apart from the odd hour or two spent editing!
Above - This was taken one early summer evening, I love the little sand banks that are created with the tide
Do you have any passions that influence your work?
I love the ocean, the coast and being outdoors. I’ve lived in Cornwall my whole life and I don’t think I could live anywhere else. I’ve travelled a fair amount but there’s no place quite like home. There are a handful photographers that I follow online and it’s really inspiring to see the images they capture, both aerial and from the ground.
Above - Gull Rocks at Holywell Bay is an iconic view from the beach but rare to see from the other side. I thought it would be interesting to look back at the beach through the rocks. Getting these different perspectives is what it’s all about!
And what’s so special about Cornwall for you?
For me it’s always been the spectacular coastline. Growing up I spent a lot of time in the sea scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming. As I’ve developed my business it’s given me the insight to further appreciate the coastline by seeing it from a completely different perspective.
Above - Pure summer scenes. A perfect day in west Cornwall looking down at the activity on the surface
Where has been your most strange and favourite place to shoot?
My most strange place to use a drone was inside a bank for a client in central London! Some of my favourite images have been taken in the far west of Cornwall; areas such as Porthcurno, Sennen and Land’s End are amazing!
Above - Looking up towards Watergate Bay, the home of Boardmasters! Always love seeing surf from above!
Have you any preferred equipment that you shoot on?
My go to equipment (currently, as the technology is evolving so fast) is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. It’s a drone you can pick up online but with 20MP stills and 4K video it’s tough to beat! New equipment is being released so quickly I doubt I’ll have this set up for long as I strive to work with the latest developments to ensure my work is the best it possibly can be.
Above - I never get tired of taking top down shots of boats. I love the colours and patterns that the mooring ropes create. Someone told me it looks like a peacocks tail and I think they’re right!
What would you like viewers to take away from your work?
I want people to view my work and imagine themselves in that location. I’m passionate about connecting people to the outdoors and appreciating what so many of us have on our doorstep; inspiring them to get outside. I have certainly been to places I probably wouldn’t have if I didn’t do this type of work.
Above - One of the most tropical looking beaches in Cornwall… Porthcurno. This was taken back in April this year and one of my favourite images that I’ve ever taken. The sand colour and water clarity is unbeatable!
What tips or advice would you give to someone interested in aerial filming and photography?
Get something good but affordable and practice, practice, practice! I learn something new every flight, and with over 500 flights that’s a lot of time in the air. The technology available today does a lot of work for us but having good flying skills is the main thing. And it’s important to keep it safe and legal.
Above - Early morning SUP in South Cornwall. Always fun to photograph some lifestyle activity
If you could shoot anywhere in the world (excluding Cornwall) where would it be?
Warm: Hawaii. I’ve never been but looks like the perfect place to fly drones! Hopefully soon! Cold: Iceland. I have visited before and was blown away by the landscape. It’s a photographer’s dream!
Above - One of the most photographed piers in Cornwall (normally during the storms). Porthleven in November - beautiful clear water with some small waves rolling in
You’ve just returned from 2 weeks in Australia, did you get a chance to fly out there?
I spent 9 months in Australia around 6 years ago so it was great to go back for a couple of weeks and visit family, see some new places and revisit the ones I’ve been to before. But no flying unfortunately!
Still sounds pretty good to us! So, let us know - what’s next in store for Aerial Cornwall?
The 2018 calendar has just gone on sale and I’ve just released the 2017 showreel: ‘50° North’. This showcases some of the highlights of footage I’ve filmed this year. Next spring I’m planning a shoot somewhere a bit different, but not too far from home, stay tuned...
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