The past twelve months were grand to Matt and very kind indeed. So much has happened that burrowing into it all while waxing poetically is a balance, sadly, that may not be achieved. Bare with the length and breadth, both in word & photo count, as we reminisce…
When it comes to bread & butter, that being Matt’s photography, this year was a bona fide buffet - one shared with a solid team that centered around Tara, Papi & Lorne. Personal creatives which stood out and should remain favourites for some time were Rauncho the Panto Pervert, the Baron Samedi tribute which featured in the DOS art show & that rather risqué ice cream truck outing that was certain to make your cone drip, while model Kristie Taylor, judging by the quality & frequency of their collaborations, was this year’s muse - were there ever one. Notable clients and commercial shoots of 2013, in no particularly favoured order, included the likes of Red Bull, Mooseknuckles, Cold FX, Sportsnet, Sharp Magazine, Esso & Gillette - a list that should be difficult to top in 2014, but is a target to strive for.
From shooting cheetahs (click click, not bang bang) in South Africa to double doses of the wilds of both Los Angeles & Vegas, 2013 was certainly a year of travel for Matt. Miami & New Orleans round out the register of glamourous locales, but jaunts to Vancouver, Pittsburgh & Detroit were just as enjoyable, if not exotic.
Fitness was the word of the year, both in terms of personal gain (or loss, considering the near-ninety pounds Matt was able to shed through training with Ben Dussault) and in being a source of inspiration; Matt admittedly wasn’t inspired by athletes until stepping into their shoes. Jose Bautista, Steve Stamkos, John Tavares & the beautiful bunch of babes from Sportsnet’s Beauty Of Sport project are all perfect examples of fit people at their prime, and their effect was felt both in Matt’s portfolio and in the lifestyle changes he made in his day to day life. Having embraced cycling and reppin’ Bikes on Wheels like a pro, Matt clocked over 3500km on his bike, sharing the road with pals Jason Barber, Steve Carty, Tom Nesbitt, JD, Brendan Sack & Dave Tupper, claiming many King of the Mountain crowns, including the Brock Struggle - a title he still holds. In his own words, Matt’s as “fast as fuck!”
Speaking of changes, the biggest deal of the year, and one which will bridge the gap between this year and the one to come, is the well-nigh Goldie Barnes, an addition to a Barnes duo which celebrated five years of marital bliss only several weeks ago. Learning to be a father to Goldie tops a list of what aren’t exactly resolutions, as nobody actually follows through on those, but a list of tangible goals for Matt to attain in the new year. Balancing work and family follows up, while continued mental and physical strength, forging friendships & a trip to Asia all garner a mention, though producing great photographs is likely to be the ambition that persists with an absolute rate of success. After all, making photographs is Matt’s favourite thing to do…
Ride the last jump of twenty-thirteen for a rather vivid look at the year that was.