Game Over | Red Deer, Alberta, Canada | February 2012 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Red Deer Rebels forward Mason Burr walks off the ice dejected following a loss to the Calgary Hitmen. After the game players from the Rebels participated in "jerseys off our backs night" in which selected fans were awarded signed game jerseys. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Over the past several months the #YourShot team has spoken with visiting groups of students from Ohio University and Point Park University. It's brought up a lot of memories and today I tried to come to grips with the fact that I worked on my magazine story in grad school about six years ago. How has it been six years since I played pond hockey in -12 degree weather in Red Deer?! I have a very long story about my journey to Canada that involved about four flights, my luggage took a trip to LAX, but I was rerouted to Salt Lake City. How I forgot I left my passport in my camera bag and didn't have it on me when I was in the customs line and had to explain to a very polite mountie that the camera bag circulating the luggage carousel did indeed have my passport inside of it. I had only the clothes on my back for the first two days of covering a junior hockey team, but at least I had the important stuff with me that being my cameras and lenses. I think I remember talking to Stan Alost during this assignment about how I needed some coaching and I needed to stop f*cking up (this was a popular phrase during my time at OU.) Somehow Stan talked me into applying for a Nat Geo internship and I have no idea how he instilled that confidence in me. I got rejected from that internship, but somehow six years later I've been an employee of said Geographic for almost three years. Life is very weird, sometimes awful, sometimes wonderful and I'm left wondering if I'll have Instagram in six years and if I can look back on this post with some new thoughts. Good luck future Matt.
This year started with me interviewing musician @murkanpianist for a Facebook Live and ended with me being interviewed for Al Gore’s #24HoursofReality show. While that is a total humblebrag the truth is that this year was tough. I am very very lucky to be employed, but have felt the affects of layoffs and losing co-workers. What I am proud of is that the #YourShot team never ever missed a deadline this year! Even with a small staff we made it work. I learned from the best, I learned from the team that opened the door for me, Marie, Jeanne and of course Monica. During the tough times I leaned on my co-workers David Lee and Christina Shorter. This community would not be possible without their support and hard work. Most importantly the Your Shot community itself has found ways to inspire me and keep me moving forward. There is a quote I have saved from a Your Shot photographer named Larry Wells who says “I was ready to give up on photography, I was done. But then Matt Adams gave me a great comment on my photo and liked it. I have to keep going.” I saved it and read every so often to remind myself why I do what I do. Why I care about this community so much. Like Larry I don’t know what the future holds but I need to keep going. My hope in the new year is to open the door for others and keep telling stories with this community. See you in the future.
Taken during the #YourShotMeetUp while visiting Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibit at the @hirshhorn museum. I wrote about photographing in museums for @natgeotravel and offered some tips. Link in the bio.
I'm currently running a Your Shot assignment entitled "Cities in Black and White." Show me your best black and white images of cities you travel to or that you're currently calling home on Your Shot. Link is in the bio.
Jassen. That time I went flying with Jassen (@jassensf) over San Francisco. I was taking a quick photo as he prepared the plane for take off. The polaroid ended up getting stuck in the camera and didn't pop out until I took an image as we flew over the San Francisco International Airport. It resulted in this double exposure print.
Scott and Dax. Scott is the owner of the Amsterdam Falafelshop in Adam's Morgan, so he's pretty much a celebrity. Pictured here with his dog Dax. He was happy to pose as participants of the @natgeoexpeditions workshop took some portraits.
Thursday. 14 years ago my grandfather laid in a hospital bed in Boston battling cancer. I visited him during Christmas and what I distinctly remember were the sounds from the room. The beeping of breathing machines that echoed down the halls, the footsteps of doctors walking in and out and the whispers of worried family members. It was all too much for me, every time I stepped foot in that room I wanted to run. I didn't know how to deal with this or these feelings at the time and it still eats away at me. I made my way through the streets of snowy Boston that winter while wearing headphones and only having one cd to listen to and that was Thursday's "Full Collapse." While they were grouped with other bands of the emo genre at the time, this record and these songs felt different. The themes of isolation, death, and the fear of loneliness were all things I was feeling at the time. I needed someone to talk to me, even if it was through my headphones. We lost my grandfather later that winter and I have learned that you always carry that grief with you no matter how many years have passed. You find ways to wake up, get out of bed and continue, but those feelings even hidden in the back of your mind are still there. 14 years later I'm watching Thursday perform. I'm 32, I'm older, but those thoughts and memories are all still so vivid of a winter from long ago. Hearing these songs bring back all the memories. While a lot of these bands from this genre feel outdated and old, the songs and themes I heard tonight still mean something to me. Thank you @geoffrickly for reminding me of my old self. For letting us continue to know that we are not alone and everyone is battling something. We're older now, maybe even a little stronger and still pushing forward. @thursdayband