Xtra Bytes: In Conversation with MATT PAYNE – Landscape and Wildlife Photographer | Talk Session With Photographer
Matt Payne is a mountain climber, adventurer, and fine art nature and landscape photographer specializing in unique and hard-to-reach locations and subjects, including the highest mountains in Colorado. He loves the craft of landscape photography and have produced a podcast dedicated to that love affair since April, 2017 called “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen.” I wanted to create a space to have meaningful conversations with other landscape photographers all over the world. I also follow a very strict code of ethics as a nature photographer. Mostly, I’m just a regular guy that loves being outside..” says Matt Payne.
And he adds: I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was lucky to have parents that impressed upon me a healthy appreciation for the outdoors. I grew up quite poor, which was actually quite a blessing in disguise, as our family vacations involved going camping in the Colorado mountains almost every weekend during the summer. My father took me along on his pursuit to climb Colorado’s highest 100 mountains back in the 1980’s and helped me climb my first 14,000 ft. mountain at the age of 6. My parents instilled a very strong sense of ethical appreciation of the wilderness, teaching me leave no trace ethics. On the slopes of Colorado’s mountains, my father taught me how to tread lightly to preserve the fragile tundra and ecosystem of our highest places.
In 2014 I moved to Portland, Oregon and enjoyed photographing all of the wonders that Oregon has to offer, including waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, lakes and beaches! In late 2015 I moved back to Colorado to reside in the town of Durango at the base of Colorado’s most amazing mountains with my wife Angela and my son Quinn.
As of 2018, I have climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks (there are 53) and all of the highest 100 mountains in Colorado affectionately known as the Centennials. It is on my adventures to these locations that I am inspired the most to produce images that truly speak to my soul.
Honestly, I’m just an average guy that loves the wilderness and outdoors. My goal as a nature photographer is to show you parts of our world you may have never seen before. I want to transport you to these places and have you experience the raw wonder and beauty of our world. I hope through my images you can also feel wonder and joy and cultivate a greater appreciation of the natural environment and the positive impact it can have on each of us.
The entire collection of my work is available as fine art prints using only the highest quality printing and mounting processes available today including TruLife Fine Art Acrylic Prints, Epson Cold Press Bright Fine Art Prints, and ChromoLuxe Metal Prints. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact me and I would be glad to take care of your needs.
Today he takes us through he journey and shares some secrets as well.
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