Episode 2 – Matt Irwin, Photographer
Twenty plus years in the making, Matt Irwin has photographed Melbourne, recording her significant, intimate, secret moments all along the way. His ability to tap into a city’s heart, using the tools of photography to record not just what he sees, but what he feels is what sets Matt apart from the ‘picture-postcard’ approach to photography.
Matt started out hand-printing black and white images from his darkroom in his childhood home in the Bayside area of Melbourne. “I felt so lucky growing up so close to the Bay. I would get on my bike with my ‘not-so-flash’ SLR camera and ride around capturing early morning or early evening scenes, print them up and then sell them at various markets on the weekend.”
Over the years, Matt Irwin’s iconic photographic images, particularly of Melbourne, have gathered a dedicated following.
Opening his gallery and studio in Scott Alley (just off Flinders Lane) in August 2008 is a realisation of a dream to be part of the fabric of Melbourne’s vibrant and creative laneway precinct – an epicentre of inspiration for many of Matt’s images over the years.
Creative.biz joined Matt on a late night mission through Melbourne’s renowned alleyways for some creative conversation and inspiration.