The work featured in this exhibit is from the first half of Matt Stock's Artist in Residence at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. As a night photographer and light painter it was important for Matt to spend the time during the residency capturing Central and South Florida from sunrise to sunset. The works in the exhibition were not captured in a single exposure. Each image represents dozens of exposures illuminated with the help of assistants on location over many hours. Those images are then combined in post production into a single luminous image.
People often look at the work such as Elysian Fields and think that it happened by chance; that it was being in the right place at the right time. But it was in fact preparation that allowed Matt to capture this image. The foundation of Elysian Fields existed in theory over a year and a half before the environmental conditions were just right. That magical night produced not one, but four distinct thunderbolts that lit up the night sky. Matt says, "The beauty of the moment gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. Not because the lightning was so impressive; it was. But because so rarely in life do ideas and dreams match reality."
The award-winning Sigma Pro photographer goes eye-to-eye with some of North America’s most amazing animals, birds and butterflies, fish and frogs, all stunningly captured in his award-winning book Curious Critters: Larger Than Life. After seeing his work, people will never ever look at nature in the same old way. Ever since opening FitzSimmons Photography 17 years ago, he has been committed to artistic integrity and environmental conservation.
A fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, Stone grew up exploring the springs, swamps and hammocks of Central Florida. Through his extraordinary pictures, he strives to start new conversations and expose the dynamic relationship between mankind and the natural world. His book Everglades: America’s Wetland was published last year, winning a Silver Medal at the Florida Book Awards, and his first TED talk in March 2015 has already received more than a half million views.