Born in East London in 1994, Matt Slater is a photographer currently working in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied photography at the Cape Town School of Photography, where his portfolio projects where primarily concerned with the traditional darkroom processes.
Through his exploration of the craft, Matt has deconstructed both the image and processes to create a visual language that uniquely blends archaic process and current technology.
Efflorescent Cherry is an exploration of the beauty of imperfection and the traces of human touch and its anomalies.
At the core of Efflorescent Cherry, there are strong accents of an ancient Japanese aesthetic and worldview known as Wabi-sabi.
Wabi-sabi aesthetics comprise of characteristics such as asymmetry, irregularity, roughness, minimalism, modesty, intimacy and to see value of the ingenuous integrity of natural entities and processes.
Impermanence, the acceptance of transience and the serenity that comes with the process of ageing also permeate throughout this ethereal body of work.
Throughout this work the intimate confrontation with the fleeting moment heightens the appreciation of the beauty within these transitory states.
“My process of creating work involves engaging with more archaic photographic practices; working with analogue cameras and in the darkroom.
The workflow I use is very intuition based and experimental. The darkroom allows the work process to be meditative and by using alternative printing methods in my image making; the work opens itself up to ‘flaws’ and irregularities; creating an alluring quality through spontaneity.”
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