I am a North West photographer based in Liverpool. I took my first
photograph at the age of six when I borrowed my brother’s
camera for the first time.
I also travelled extensively around Europe when I was younger which
gave me a thirst for travel photography.
Photography has always been an important part of my life and I
have been a keen amateur. However, in 2007 I quit my job to pursue
photography as a professional.
My dream of becoming a travel photographer is partly based on a
childhood ambition to visit the Everest region of Nepal and Tibet.
The Ancient and the Holy have always enthralled me and when I was
young I used to ask many questions about the Buddha, enlightenment
amongst other things. At this young age I had the desire to visit Everest
because I considered it holy and felt it had something to offer me – I still do.
My vision has now expanded and my intention is to travel extensively
capturing images from around the globe. I intend to focus my attention
on sites of cultural, spiritual and religious significance, taking
images of the people, and the architecture in these specific locations,
hopefully capturing the atmosphere generated by these places.
It will be a journey of personal discovery and adventure, something
like a pilgrimage. The idea is that through travelling to these
destinations and recording my experiences, I will be not only be
keeping a record of my development as a photographer but also as
an individual, reflecting my personal insight through my work.
Blog site - www.mattotoole.wordpress.com
Email - matthewotoole[at]rocketmail.com