Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in San Diego, went to university in Kansas City, MO, then moved back to San Diego.
When did you get into photography and why?
My brother bought me a camera for my 16th birthday, and I began shooting everything. It was a blast! My mind is the sort that finds all people and environments fascinating, and photography is an excuse to connect with all people and environments. I like people who know what they’re all about, even if I’m not about what they’re about; I like to tell those people's stories.
Where would you say is the best place to shoot? Anywhere you wanna visit?
I like shooting anywhere that has a distinct culture. I like big cities and beach communities. This last year I really enjoyed Venice Beach, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, and NYC. I want to visit Japan because it seems like a culture that values fine details. I also want to visit Turkey because it looks like another planet!
How do you take your coffee?
Black, preferably with a doughnut.
Walk us through a day in the life of Matt Rogers.
Most days I wake up around 5 or 6 to pray for an hour. I then smash some oatmeal and go to an office to cut video for 5-ish hours. After I cruise to the skatepark for an hour. I then come home and answer emails, then hopefully get to kick it with friends for the night!
Another part of my routine- I keep a journal with lists of ideas for shoots. I try to execute one of these ideas per week as a discipline, even if I’m not feeling up for it. I view photography like a dedicated relationship, some days it's full of romance, and other days you just gotta do it.
How would you describe your shooting style?
Some adjectives I think describe my style: glowing, alive, mysterious. I want the viewer to see the photo and say “wow, I want to know that person,” or “wow I want to be in that place!”
What type of music do you listen to? What is your favorite song now?
My main genres are folk, hip hop, and gospel worship music. I also love movie soundtracks. The Interstellar soundtrack is different from anything I’ve heard, it’s hauntingly good.
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