Matthew David Parker always had an eye for the arts. From painting to sculpting at a young age, he knew he had a drive to express himself artistically. It was not until he started taking photos with his family’s camera that he found the true outlet for his artistry. Not long after finding his new love, he took on a job during his early teens to save up for his own camera. It was as his work as a paperboy in New York City where he began to train his eye for the scenes he wanted to capture in his surroundings. The early photographs he took along his route laid crucial foundation for him.
After gaining experience over the years, Matthew David Parker found himself an opportunity to take promotional photos for his friend’s bakery shop. His honed skills allowed him to take mouthwatering photos of the baked goods that were to be used in store and online. His friend then went on to recommend him to others who required promotional photos. It did not take long for Matthew David Parker’s name to extend beyond family and friends and make its mark in the professional photography world.
Utilizing his knowledge of New York City, Matthew David Parker has gone on to capture the most iconic landmarks under a captivating, fresh perspective. The style in his photos have been described as demonstrating a contrast between the perfectionism of man’s architecture and the imperfection of mother nature. From portrait photography to photojournalism, his work has exhibited that this rising talent is no one hit wonder in the photography world. He has done professional work not only for locals in New York but for clients across the United States. His presence has even hit a global scale as he has contributed to clients based in Europe and Asia.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
1. I think most people would assume photographers love traveling because of all the new moments we can capture. That is certainly the case, but I believe it is much more than that. There is the opportunity to experience a different culture that is a big appeal. It is interesting to meet different people and taste new food. The allure of traveling is having an immersive new experience.
Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?
2. I consider traveling somewhere between a hobby and a lifestyle. My job allows me to travel quite often, which I am grateful for. However, I rarely travel outside of work related reasons.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
3. It is hard to choose one place as there are so many beautiful places I have been to. One of the top ones is definitely Tagaytay, which is located in the Philippines. There is an area called the Picnic Grove filled with individual benches with small roofs. It is a perfect place to have a snack and enjoy the magnificent view as it overlooks the surroundings.
Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?
4. I do have a trip to Japan scheduled soon for business reasons. I am quite excited as I have always been interested in traveling to Japan. In my spare time there, I hope to attend one of the summer festivals that occur.
What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?
5. I would advise to not procrastinate on planning out the trip. Double and triple check you have all your necessities packed. Keep a budget for the trip as it is quite easy to overshoot it since buying everything is tempting. Also be sure to leave enough money aside in case of any emergencies.
Where would you like to go?
6. Since I can soon cross Japan off my list, I would like to visit Victoria, BC sometime. I have seen pictures, and it is really a sight to behold.
Where would you like to revisit?
7. It would be nice to revisit the Philippines again. The climate may not be forgiving as it does get humid. However, the people there are all so friendly. The sights and the food are amazing.
Do you travel alone? Why?
8. I do travel alone. As it is business related, sometimes the trips come up on short notice. It is difficult to ask a buddy to suddenly drop what they’re doing and expect them to join me.
If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
9. Top 3 places would be the Philippines, England, and Italy.
Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?
10. I think I am somewhere in between. It depends on how long I am staying.