San Diego is a town chock full of talented photographers. From the photojournalists at our local newspapers to the locals who shoot for national magazines like Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, to the hipster music fans who tote their Holgaroids and Dianas to local shows, and the street photographers who spend hours exploring our city, this is a region with a lot of photographic energy.
|Matt Mallams. Photo by Elyse Butler|
Today, we launch a new feature in Credentialed that we call “Perspective.” We’ll be regularly bringing you Q&A’s with talented local photographers in our community and featuring some of their work here. We kick off the feature with questions for Matt Mallams, a self-proclaimed “graphic documentary” photographer, who is consistently making waves in the national photo community.
He is a co-founder of the Aevum photo collective and is spending his summer in Hawaii, gaining a fresh perspective on the world before returning to Ocean Beach later this year.
So, you’re off to Hawaii for the summer. What do you plan to do while you’re there? Are you working on a specific project or is this more like a retreat, a new place to look at with a fresh set of eyes?
Exactly, a new place. If I get the opportunity to spend some time to explore a new town, I’ll take it. I photograph more when I am getting to know a new spot.
I have some new projects I’m working on, I am doing a lot of street photography, focusing on the tourists in Waikiki and I am continuing to explore new avenues of putting my pictures up in public. And I’ve been getting in to screen-printing. I am working on blending my street photography and silk-screening together and creating a set of designs and t-shirts. In the end I want to blend all of these and create a body of work with public art, photography, and printmaking.