Michael Bradley

Last week, Toronto FC signed American midfielder Michael Bradley and while it may not have received the same level of hype that the signing of potent poacher Jermain Defoe did, it’s an equally bloody big deal. Matt was on hand to snap the first official shots of the former Borussia Mönchengladbach, Chievo & Aston Villa man, who joined Toronto from Italian club A.S. Roma - a bit of shock when one considers the U.S. international left a club currently in second place in Italy’s top league for one which has sputtered since its ‘06 inception. Thankfully, a slew of new signings, including the aforementioned Defoe, Gilberto and possibly Bradley Orr, has TFC management and it’s supporters buoyant; a fact that bodes well for the forthcoming season. Could a spot in the elusive playoffs or even a sneaky bit of silverware beckon?

Detroit Bikes

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Some short while ago, Matt took a spell down south to the soul-stimulating nitty gritty that is the Motor City, and though Detroit is a mere 232 miles, and is more south-west than is anything else, hell, it’s still a trip south. Who wouldn’t pass up a trip to the one-time automotive capital of the world and even if she’s not the prized pig she once was…perhaps therein lies her charm?

Sent by Canadian Business magazine, Matt met up with a man who saw the glow in Detroit’s gloom and decided to set up shop. Zak Pashak, proprietor of Detroit Bikes, a company that maintains a mandate priding simplicity and minimalism while not eschewing quality or comfort, pays homage to the city’s historic manufacturing deftness in the character of their craft - all coming from a Canadian, originally of Calgary, believe it or not. Producing purely the A-Type Commuter Bicycle, a handsome three-speed with a classic riveted saddle and matte black finish, Detroit Bikes' creations are as accessible as they are attractive, retailing just shy of seven hundred dollars, and are available in Toronto at Bikes On Wheels - a periodic patron and pal of our Matt.

Not content with just one stop - though, you’ll see various stages of assembly were captured in the Detroit Bikes factory which make it feel like much more - Matt made time to check out the handiwork of the Heidelberg Project, an undertaking which sprinkles whimsy, often bordering on the bizarre, upon the decay in part of Detroit’s east side by means of “color, symbolism, and intrigue,” and have been doing so for twenty-seven years. Stop by the Heidelberg site for more about them - after you’ve perused all of what Matt’s trip to Detroit had to offer, post-jump…

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John Tavares

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It’s been a tip-top couple days for Mississauga native John Tavares; Monday saw him score a hat trick for the NY Islanders, Tuesday selected for the Canadian Olympic hockey team and today, well what do you know, a spot on the Passing Shot. While the latter may not collect interest in the centre’s memory bank, photographing him at the Islanders training facility in Long Island, NY, for Gillette, was a uniquely memorable experience for Matt, art director Rob Trickey and the always on-point cinematographer Mike Rybinski, who teamed with Matt on the video, below.

Best wishes to John & the rest of our athletes in Sochi, Russia!

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Red Bull

imageA timely new year lead off, looking back on a special shoot from the twelve months gone by, with a client in Redbull that Matt’s been lucky enough to work with for nearly a decade. When the opportunity to shoot Redbull’s winter athletes - Erik Guay, Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant, François Hamelin, Noah Bowman, Travis Gerrits - came about, Matt knew he wanted to capture it all in camera and to build a set in studio; a decision which paid off aesthetically and adds to the overall radness of the finished product. The project picked up a cool feature from Fstoppers and a fantastic, flattering video from VAPR Media, which can be seen, in all it’s Matt’s ego-building beauty, below. Thanks to the efforts and creative culmination of great collaboration between stylist Marc Andrew Smith, Hair & MUA Sandra Yang and expressively master prop maker/set designer Peter Sutherland.

Ride the ice-ridden slope for more from Matt & Redbull’s athletes.

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a Passing Year

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.

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XXXmas

Yule tidings, in seasonal green & red (as well as helpings of bling, brassieres & booze), from Matt & all of us at the Passing Shot, with a rather playful look at a pair of Père Noëls, in photographs for RMW Music & Dine Alone Records, respectively.

Happy Christmas!

H&M

A rather rakish end to the week thanks to stylist Yang Yu Goh and the collection he curated from H&M, for Sharp Magazine. The assignment delved into five H&M outfits in that (warmer weather) winter and recently past autumn, aesthetic, should one be of the voguish inclination - and one really should be, considering that this time of year is ideal for laying. For more from Yang Yu Goh, Sharp and Matt, check out the exclusive accompanying behind the scenes video, below.

Cold-FX

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As the beast that is influenza begins to rear his ugly head, Matt and the creative team over at john st. have come up with just the scythe to slay that crippling creature: a new campaign for Cold-fX! Props to Peter Sutherland who, alongside a troupe of trusted assistants, built both bus & elevator set. Matt & Co. endeared to construct such a realistic scene that a bona fide bus, via the slightly shadowy yet always fruitful Kijiji, was corralled, taken apart and completely rebuilt at in studio - talk about enthusiasm! Littered throughout the talent, as is a proclivity of Matt’s, were pals Marc Andrew Smith, Brad Moore & Carol Zara, who were amongst those taken care of by wardrobe stylist Charlotte Carson & MUA Sandra Yang. A specific thanks to john st. - namely Creative Director Stephen Jurisic, Art Director Christine MacLean, Copywriter Dhaval Bhatt & Producer Alisa Pellizzari, who we’re all to thank for making cold & flu season a little more bearable.

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Madison Skye

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A seasonal sweet that is equal parts naughty & nice - confusing for that certain jolly fat man with a list - featuring the astonishingly adorned, present-day pin-up, Madison Skye. Revel in this premature Christmas present! 

David Cronenberg: Evolution

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The fact that TIFF used an image of Matt’s as the primary source of marketing for their first major original exhibition is flattering, but the level of flattery doubles when one considers that the subject of said exhibition directed several of his favourite films (Eastern Promises, a History of Violence) - David Cronenberg. TIFF is the midst of showcasing offbeat artefacts from Cronenberg’s films…on loan from his own house, with over three-hundred peculiar props, costumes & designs from the likes of Crash, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch & a Dangerous Method. Matt’s original image of Cronenberg was non-digitally manipulated by the creative services at TIFF for Bell Lightbox, using, of all things (though perhaps eccentrically fitting considering the subject), a photocopier as it’s inventive medium.

Ride the jump for more imagery from the project and David Cronenberg: Evolution can be found at TIFF Bell Lightbox until January 19th.

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