Interview: Photographer Matthew Berti
Matthew Berti, based out of the most Southern tip of Africa in a city called Cape Town, we inquired him about his creative intentions and hopes to achieve with his visually compelling work and see what his take on photography is like!
Where did your interest in photography start? How did you end up learning?
How I got into photography was quite interesting. Once I was rejected from from university I was searching for a car to buy on the internet and while I was searching for a cheap Landrover Defender I came across a video by (one of my now greatest inspiration) Mr Ben Brown called “Landrover tow Surfing”. After I watched his Youtube Vlog I was hooked and I immediately applied for a one year degree in Commercial Photography. After that my friend Dean Tucker (@visualrev) introduced me to Instagram.
How would you distinguish your vision and style?
My vision and style is broadly based on a mixture portraiture within landscapes as well as lifestyle photography to express the beauty of a rather unknown country such as South Africa with its amazing mountains.
What is the best thing you learned that advanced your photography skills?
The best thing I’ve learned through my photography career isn’t really even learnable, I came to the realization that you need to look at the world through different eyes and by travelling around every weekend you learn to adapt your photography to different environments and people
How did you discover and decide what works for you?
How I discovered what works for me was through a year and a half of taking very average photos until I called up a friend and asked her to model for me. When I started taking photos with a model and the landscape I covered both my bases. I didn’t need the landscape as the centre of attention now but rather my subject which made me realise that portraiture was the way to go.
What are you aiming to do with your work?
What I aim to do with my work is to bridge the divide between the stereotype that women need to have a certain body type to be considered beautiful. In turn that is why I don’t edit out skin blemishes as well because I want to stay true to the natural look of all women.
What do YOU see and feel when you look at your photos?
When I look at my photos I really feel that the landscape and model need to create movement and emotion within one another. That is why I incorporate jagged mountains with a model that has a very mysterious look to her, to provoke an almost dream like and unrealistic feel.
Any significant or favourite experiences that being a photographer has brought you?
There has been a lot of memorable moments through the last two years of photographing for sure! I think I’ve come close to death a few times, almost falling off a cliff, almost rolling my car on a dirt road, and even a deadly snake landing on my head during a proposal shoot which were all in the effort to take some amazing photos. I think the most memorable moment was when a few friend of I drove up to the top of Table Mountain (One of the natural wonders of the world) when the national park accidentally left the gate open, which to this day not one civilian person has driven up besides us, the views were phenomenal.