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 stream,, lake and plenty of forested land to explore. Our family would take weekend trips to places like Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, the Sierra Buttes and Point Reyes all in which I gained an appreciation of the natural world. Soon I bought my first film camera as I began to document these experiences. The cameras, film and technology changed, but I never stopped exploring and taking pictures.

Later in college I studied graphic design, learning the fundamentals; Color theory, perspective, composition, lines, shapes, and space all that helped train my eye. I was fascinated with the rules and structure of design while finding that in the natural world as well. Elements such as focal point, leading lines, balance, complementary colors, chiaroscuro, repetition, white space, atmospheric perspective, s-curves and the rule of thirds. I delved into some painting and art history classes as well. The painters that most 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 all my favorites. They romanticized the American wilderness with their paintings of lofty mountains, crystal clear lakes, towering waterfalls complete with wild animals all while using dramatic light and stormy weather. This really had an impact my love for nature and 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.