Matt Lutton December 17, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
Tags: United States
Statue of Liberty seen from the Staten Island ferry. 2007
Matt Lutton (b. 1984) is a Seattle-based photojournalist specializing in documentary projects examining the politics and individuals of underrepresented issues in our modern world. He expects to graduate later this year from the University of Washington with a degree in Comparative History of Ideas, and has further background in Eastern European and Russian studies and language. Matt has completed work from New Orleans to Kosovo and in his hometown of Seattle, is soon to photograph stories in Siberia and Moldova, and plans to relocate to Belgrade, Serbia in the near future. His project “Homeless in Seattle” was recognized by the Alexia Foundation for World Peace in 2007, and was displayed at Seattle City Hall in July 2008, one of four exhibitions he has shown this year. He was also selected as an ELEVATION 2008 winner by the Photoshelter Collection.
About the Photograph:
“This picture was shot in November 2007 as part of my ongoing three-year project in New York City, called ‘I See A Darkness’, which is inspired by the music of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the book ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Mikhail Bulgakov. The first pictures were shot in 2005 when I was an intern at Black Star photo agency. After that summer I realized I had a set of photos that I wanted to grow and have since made four trips back to work on this project. It’s about my reactions to the city and imaginary narratives between all the characters and places there. This photo was taken on the Staten Island ferry looking out at the Statue of Liberty. There has been a lot of reaction to this picture for political overtones, but I see it in the context of the alienation, distance and ‘mystery’ that I feel in so much of New York. While I do lots of documentary and photojournalism work, this project of street photography has some of my favorite pictures and is always a joy to work on.”