Senior Producer @natgeoyourshot - Community - Ex-bass player for The Rock-afire Explosion - Washington, DC
My Grandmother | Donora, PA | April 2015⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My family held the funeral for Helen Kearns (my grandmother) on Thursday morning. I’m still processing everything and probably will for quite sometime. She moved in with my family 15 years ago after the passing of my grandfather. All she wanted was just more time with him. It took 16 years for me to learn from her that sometimes you have a love that is so strong that the idea of moving on without that person seems daunting. That sometimes you’ll do anything for just more time. We lost her to Alzheimer’s, during my last visit with her she did not remember my name and I thought about how the disease takes them away from you twice. Those thoughts still haunt me. The following is the last line I wrote for her eulogy. If you would like to donate to a great cause concerning Alzheimer’s please check out @bobanddianefund. -
The final thing I am learning here is I do not know exactly what is beyond our time on Earth. That I do not know if anyone hears us when we speak out into the dark late at night, but that I do know that my grandmother, Helen Kearns loved her two sons and her daughter, loved her eight grandchildren and now will get that extra time with Cas.
Jeff Rosenstock | Washington, DC | March 2017⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Still one of the best shows I have seen in DC, at Rock n Roll Hotel.
Window Watching | San Francisco, CA | April 2018
San Francisco Sunrise | San Francisco, CA | April 2018
Cliffside | San Francisco, CA | April 2018
Number 7 | Charleston, SC | March 2018.
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.
Al Gore -
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.
Kusama and Phalli's Field -
One of my favorite rooms from the Infinity Mirror exhibit at the @hirshhorn. This made me feel like I was in an 80's sci-fi film.
This still feels relevant. Five months later.
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.