It all started with a small interest in Port Elizabeth about 6 or 7 years ago with a little happy-snappy Pentax camera… I had no idea what I was doing. Over the years, I slowly improved. With enough interest, passion and drive invested to improve all of my crafts, I was fortunate enough to upgrade to my beloved Nikon D90. I am eternally grateful for a machine that captures so many of my adventures and the work of others on JPEG or RAW files. It has even survived a car crash with me.
I am at the point where, after a gruelling amount of self-study and guidance, I feel competent to earn something with my skills and knowledge. The exciting venture of ‘Matt Muller Photography’ may be a little ambitious in the eyes of some. I cannot, however, help but have itchy fingers to get started. With a healthy set of goals, and my level of skill, training and experience, I seek to provide quality and affordable services to my clients. I seek to represent my client’s work, whether it be a series of photographs or a poster, as best as I can.
The Dwarven/ Viking logo is a symbol of dedication and quality, despite the Matt Muller Photography’s humble beginnings. Like the Vikings and their Long-ships, I am ambitious to explore unknown waters; armed only with a camera and a tripod.
I acknowledge that I am not a Fine Arts student. I have not had the pleasure of studying under a mentor, or learning in a formally structured manner. It is intimidating to be on a campus full of incredible artists, I admit. I respect their knowledge, experience, judgement and dedication to their craft. Despite this, I remain ambitious because…
I know I can capture a moment of life with bit of light and a DSLR.
I am grateful to those in my community who encourage me to learn and pursue this craft in a form that I can attain a qualification, or go under some mentorship. Rather than let my ego take this as a backhanded compliment, I see this as a sign that I have something worth refining, something worth the arduous hours of honing my skills.
The pain of self-reflection, failure and criticism is all part of the journey to mastery. It is worth every step.
My will to learn and improve any of my skills is an existential journey. My love of learning, collaboration and work is what drives my everyday life. My love for my work consumes my finite hours like a gluttonous hound. This is the drive behind ‘Matt Muller Photography’. A little bit of business is an added pressure to commit to quality and problem-solve effectively on-the-fly. The chance to collaborate and expand on the work or lives of others keeps me behind a lens and computer screen until the early hours of the morning. It makes my fingers numb from playing guitar; it exhausts my mind, body and emotions in the theatre…
It makes my life worth living. My dedication to my crafts is comparable to a dog’s jaws clenched on its prized bone. No amount of intimidation, criticism or failure will ever make me lose my love for what I do.
Now, to find a photography course…
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