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Blog - thoughts, travels, insights and meanderings

Blog of night, travel and fine art photographer + cut paper artist Matt Hill | Queens, NY. Join the fun!

What have I been doing? Making business art.

Matt Hill

My lack of tangible art to show is largely due to working hard on other arts - business and leadership. It's most evident in National Parks At Night (now one year old!) and in my daily efforts at my main source of income - the day job. But I am focusing on growing so that there is more room to make the art that matters to me.

Here is a little glimpse of what I have learned with a podcast called Obscure Entrepreneur with James Murphy

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Paper Fashions premiere in Doctor Faustus at Quintessence Theater

Matt Hill

I was honored to contribute some of my paper fashions to the Quintessence theater's production of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, which premiered yesterday night in Philadelphia.

The paper wings adorn opposing angels who torment Faustus whilst he makes poorer and poorer decisions. Here are some samples from the show:

It's remarkable to be included in such a passionate act of art. The theater company is non-profit, yet goes to great pains to make sure the actors get compensated for their craft. And craft it is, for I was drawn into the play with ferocity and enjoyed the dark humors, struggles and relentless creativity.

Special thanks to my friend Chris Llione for considering me for this epic spectacle.

Please make some time to see the show. Here are the details:

April 2 - April 24, 2016
Quintessence Theater
at The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Tickets and details

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Night for Day in Times Square

Matt Hill

There is something gorgeous about shooting at f/2.8 for two minutes during the daytime.

And since my Petzval hasn't gotten a lot of love lately, I played around a bit with the waterhouse aperture plate with a star. Fun bokeh in a place as shiny as Times Square.

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National Parks at Night

Matt Hill


I am so very delighted to share with you a dream that was almost two years in the making. Gabe and I have been talking about launching a program for night photography workshops in national parks, and now it's a reality.

There are five instructors: Gabriel Biderman, Lance Keimig, Tim Cooper, Chris Nicholson and myself. We are teaching one workshop only at each location. So please join us! In th meantime, here is a little story about how I fell in love with Arches National Park, and how NPAN was born:

I was on a road trip with my best friend and one of our stops was Moab and specifically Arches. I had, of course, seen the photos others had made. I had imagined the ones I could take. And I was excited.

We rolled in in late afternoon, checked in and drove straight into the park. It was sunset, and we wanted to see a few choice locations and scout for potential night photography.

At sunset, the red rocks glow; they almost vibrate with color. I was a passenger, and glad of it. My neck was whipping from side to side, and I was mentally noting every location I wanted to document by the light of the full moon later.

Did I mention it was January?

Having seen enough roadside attractions, we stopped at the base of the viewpoint for Delicate Arch. seeing it for the first time allowed for contemplation of scale. I knew that a person in juxtaposition to that stone semicircle was minuscule, and it looked small from the roadside. We decided to hike up in magic hour.

The snowy and icy approach was treacherous. But the opportunity to see Delicate Arch from above with daylight-bright moonlight behind it was magical. It was also quite cold, so we spent 1/2 hour up there making some long exposures – all the while mesmerized by the geological wonder in front of us.

Descending by flashlight and moonlight, we chatted excitedly about what we had seen, agreeing that more people should see it by moonlight. I filed that one away and immediately started thinking about bringing other lovers of night photography to Arches for a similar experience.

We did more roadside shooting that evening. The snow, moonlight and clear, bright skies erased any concerns I had for the cold weather. I was in the midst of being totally present in one of the most beautiful spaces I had ever seen.

We are only teaching at Arches National Park once. We hope you join us!

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