Matt Purciel Photography


Matt Purciel
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. There we had our own lake, stream, and plenty of land to explore. Our family would take weekend trips to destinations like Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Point Reyes in which these places where I gained an appreciation of the natural world and the outdoors. Soon I bought my first camera and began documenting these experiences. The cameras, film and technology changed, but I never stopped taking pictures.

Later in college I pursued a career in graphic design, learning the fundamentals; Color theory, perspective, layouts, lines, shapes, and space that helped train my eye. I was fascinated with the rules and structure when designing. Some of the elements including focus, directing the eye with leading lines, using scale and hierarchy, balance, complementary elements, contrast, repetition, white space, alignment, and the rule of thirds. I delved into some painting and art history classes as well. The painters that captured my imagination were from the 19th Century American landscape Art and specifically from the Hudson River School. Artists like Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt were my favorites. They Romanized the American wilderness with their paintings of lofty mountains, crystal clear lakes, towering waterfalls complete with wild animals while using dramatic light and stormy weather. This really impacted my love for photography.

Currently I live in Los Angeles, California and spend as much of my time exploring and photographing the outdoors in search of that amazing landscape and light. In pursuit of that brief fleeting moment when the glory of the heavens lights up.