For Matt Bishop, taking photographs is the impetus to express himself, to communicate how he has felt what he has seen. It all started with a climbing holiday in Switzerland. The European Alps impressed the young Australian, who grew up near Melbourne on the south coast of Australia by the sea, so much so that he now carries his camera with him on many journeys. However, it is hardly a matter of presenting the found landscapes in a factual and clear way. For Matt Bishop, landscape is a strong trigger of emotions, of a deeply felt connection: he describes his impression of the Swiss Alps as ›mesmerizing‹.
At the same time, photography, which Matt Bishop does on a part-time basis, is a balancing element in his life. As a surgical assistant in the operating theatre of a Roman hospital, there is a lot to see that needs an opposite pole to be mastered. Even as a schoolboy in Australia, he was impressed by local painters and later especially by photographers who were committed to the landscape.
With his photography of landscapes and journeys he developed his own emotional world, which 'hit the heart' of many viewers through their eyes. In this way, many questions about his special way of working came up in exchange with the viewers. In the meantime it has become a sideline to lead regular workshops and to introduce other photographers to the world of landscape photography.
Text on this page by Jan Klose-Brüdern
›Patagonien‹ as a very special workshop concept Matt Bishop had already made many trips, which he had reported about via Instagram or on his website. However, there was one trip that had made a particularly deep impression on him. In 2009 he had been with his wife at the southernmost end of South America: Patagonia. At that time, he had fully immersed himself in the landscape, the people, the attitude towards life and had experienced a deep connection with this landscape. He had hardly taken any photographs. It was clear to him that he had to come back to capture his experiences in fascinating photographs.
Many years later, a friend from Argentina, a tour guide with an own agency, contacted Matt to ask if they would like to develop a joint workshop concept based on Matt Bishop's passion for the country and for photography: On the one hand, the workshop participants should get to know the country, the culture and the people better. On the other hand, they wanted to visit selected places to experience the rugged mountain world, the special vegetation but also the isolation in this landscape. Because what shapes the people and their lives can be directly derived from the conditions of the landscape: The force of the weather changes, the inaccessibility but also the sublime nature that arises directly from it. »I feel that I have a true spritual connection with this land and its culture and want to share this with other photographers.«
Matt Bishop has been offering these workshops for several years and was surprised by their success himself from the beginning. The core of these workshops is to capture the special quality of the photographic experience.
Matt Bishop is using the following equipment for his photography: PENTAX K1 and K-1 II HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm F/2,8 ED DC AW