Hailing from the streets of New York City, Matthew David Parker has managed to make a name for himself as one of the rising photography talents from the notoriously demanding city. Being a New York native himself, he has utilized the culmination of his esoteric knowledge of the city to his advantage. The depth of his expertise runs deep and stretches across the five boroughs. It is within those boroughs that Matthew David Parker finds inspiration for his photographs. The diverse bustling streets of New York that provide a fresh moment to capture daily are always an interest of his. In contrast, the ever present architecture that makes up the skyline highlight the history of the city, which is another point of interest for him.
It is through the lens that Matthew David Parker gets to share not only his world, but also his love. His belief is that with every shutter sound there is a capture of the present that has turned into a past and is now documented for the future. He hopes that one day, his photographs will be revered as some of the greatest from the city. From the culture to the history, Matthew David Parker lives and breathes the essence of New York itself.
1. Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
Coming from New York, the birth of Hip Hop, I am familiar with the term “steez.” I believe I express my steez primarily through the composition of my photographs. I relish in the geometry of architecture and how it contrasts to the imperfections of people.
2.When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
I had many interests as a child, but I would say the overarching field I always gravitated to was the arts. Whether it be painting, sculpting, or dancing, I knew I wanted to be someone who could express himself artistically.
3.Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
In my teens, I developed a rapidly expanding interest in the history of New York City. As I ruminated through books, it was always the featured photographs that really brought what I was reading to life. I think it was then that I decided I wanted to record what New York is like now so future generations have a chance to look back as I did.
4.What is one current trend that excites you?
I would say a current trend that excites me lately is the development of virtual reality. I think it would be great to see how it changes the average consumer’s photographs. Classic panoramic photos will always be appreciated, but I think there’s room for a new way to see the world.
5.What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I believe my biggest accomplishment would be the point I turned my hobby into a stable career. There is a lot of competition in the photography world, especially in New York. Once I realized my name was being shared from client to client, the stress really melted off.
6.What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
There is a love and hate relationship I have with social media. I do find I am able to interact more with people which I have always loved. It is very rewarding when someone across the world has taken a liking to one of my photographs. On the opposite spectrum, the accessibility of social media has flooded the internet with many amateur photographers. Although I welcome anyone who takes an interest in photography, it has created competition as some companies will settle for amateur talent as it is more cost effective.
7. If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
If given the opportunity to start again, I don’t believe I would have done anything differently. I think the course my life took is the only way I would have reached this point in time. Where I’m at right now is probably the most fulfilling time so far.
8.What do you see for the future?
I believe the future will have a new generation of photographers who have access to even greater photography gear and programs. New York City will be different from the way it has been for me, but it will also be the same in some ways. I hope the new generation will find appreciation for this place I call home and document the New York of their time for the generation that follows.
9.What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
I can’t seem to decide on one so I’ll give two. Always believe in yourself. Pay attention to the overlooked.