THEY think it’s all over – it is now, at least as far as Mattefinish Photography in Leyland is concerned.
After six years photographing Leyland and beyond entrepreneurial ‘snapper’ Matt Langton is closing down his hometown Mattefinish photography business and moving it over 10,000 miles to Sydney Australia.
Matt, 31, initially perfected his craft as a professional photographer with world-renowned Princess Cruises. From their base in Los Angeles, he travelled the globe, taking thousands of shots along the way. In 2010, he returned home and set up Mattefinish Photography, first on Towngate and latterly at ‘In The Zone’ on Golden Hill Lane. And now he’s packing up his kit and heading ‘Down Under.’
Matt explained: “It was a fantastic experience and a great learning curve to work on the luxury cruises and to be honest, I fell in love with Australia, the lifestyle, the climate, the light, the people and the landscapes, everything about it is exciting.
“Don’t misunderstand me, I love Leyland it’s home and always will be. It’s been a great experience running my own business here, I love meeting and working with the people. I just have this longing to try my luck with a photographic studio in Australia.”
Matt first revealed his creative camera skills at Wellfield High School, Leyland, before progressing to a diploma at Blackburn College and a photographic degree at Bradford University.
“All the jobs in this country asked for experience, but how do you get experience if you don’t have a job? That’s how I ended up at sea and it was brilliant. Sailing under Sydney Harbour Bridge is probably my highlight!”
That memory has stayed with him and from the end of this month Matt, who is a Licentiate Master Photographer with the Master Photographers Association (LMPA), will be forging a very different path on the other side of the world.
“I’m happy with what I’ve achieved here in Leyland but my heart is elsewhere and if I don’t give it a go now, I probably never will. It’s a big step into the unknown, but it’s a dream, I have to do it. I’m hoping to work with a studio initially and then set up on my own – Mattefinish Photography, Australia branch.
“A big thank you to all my customers in Leyland, without them I couldn’t be where I am now. I wish them all well, thanks for your support, I hope to keep in touch – I still have a wedding to cover here in September, so I’ll be back soon.”
Pic: Master Photographer Matt Langton with his ‘studio rabbits’ Arnie and Guinness.