About me

Arthur’s Pass New Zealand – Portrait

Who am I

My name is Matt Chesebrough. Welcome to my page.

Nature has fascinated me all of my life. Growing up in the Ozarks, I spent my childhood exploring the hills, forests, and rivers near my home. I enjoyed the sense of peace I felt while hiking or just sitting in my “thinking spot”; a perch on a bluff overlooking the Big Piney River and the hillsides beyond.

My parents encouraged my curiosity about the natural world. My dad, who had been a draftsman, taught me to draw. He helped me sketch pictures of animals, trees, and houses. He taught me how to create a sense of three dimensions from a two-dimensional surface. With his guidance, I created a signature to use when I finished a piece of work. I’ve been using the same signature since I was ten.

While dad was the pencil and paper artist, mom was the photographer. She documented our family vacations, birthdays, and all the other events that parents like to capture. Mom turned over her Canon FTb SLR to me as a teenager when my artistic pursuits grew from sketching the things I saw before my eyes to wanting to capture their essence in photographs. Since it was 35mm and film was expensive, I limited my shooting to areas near our home and on our family vacations. Most of this early work was just trial and error, but I still loved being able to document the world around me.

In addition to teaching me about art, my parents also helped me find a love of travel. Like a lot of families, we were blessed with the opportunity to travel during the summer months. My folks would load my sister and me into the car and head off across the country. From snowball fights on the side of the road in Colorado to camping in the Smoky Mountains of the Carolinas, we considered ourselves fortunate. These trips opened my eyes to the world and lit the fire of my wanderlust.

I put the camera away for most of my college career as studying to become a mechanical engineer took a lot of time. My curiosity for learning how things worked combined with my affinity for math and science made studying engineering a no brainer. Engineering allowed me to learn how to create things with my hands that were new and unique. It also provided opportunities for travel that have since inspired me to follow my passion for photography.

Since “becoming an adult” I have had the opportunity to travel the world both for work and for pleasure. My camera is always in hand. I like exploring new places and learning what makes them unique. The camera has helped to start conversations and meet people around the world who I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to meet. These moments help to make me feel like the world is a little smaller and warmer place.

Why I’m here

I’m here to share my journey as a professional landscape photographer. My company is based on the following ideas: Sharing the world. Inspiring a sense of adventure. Making a difference for the planet.

Sharing the world

I believe that the world is an amazing place. Having the ability to share my experiences with others enriches the moments for me. That’s why I work to share the stories and lessons learned from the images I post on my website and here.

Inspiring a sense of adventure

Taking a chance on myself to quit my career in engineering to start my own company has been an incredible adventure. Every day, in this new endeavor, I feel incredibly blessed to travel the world in the pursuit of capturing unique moments of nature. I strive to create art and share stories that inspire my audience to take a chance on themselves and pursue their own adventures.

Making a difference for the planet

As a landscape photographer I have the chance to spend days and weeks exploring the wonders of the world. From the depths of the ocean to the top of mountains I’ve gained an appreciation for both the scale and fragility of the planet. This appreciation led me to incorporate giving of time, talent and treasure to conservation initiatives. In part, this is a selfish pursuit so that there are still beautiful landscapes to photograph, but also because I care about the future of the planet.

Thanks for visiting. See you on the trail.

Visit me on the web. www.mattchesebrough.com

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