With one rucksack strap hanging halfway off his shoulder, lifestyle photographer Matt Shore is exploring the hallows of London’s Barbican Estate. “I love capturing anything that is beautiful or tells a good story through an original perspective.” The brutalist complex built during the 1960s and the 1970s in an area devastated by World War II was a means to post-war housing. In a photograph by Shore, it lends a decidedly softer appearance through his personal aesthetic with a golden rose hue of light across a statuesque concrete facade. A transplant to the city, the Canadian Toronto-native spends most of his free-time examining the United Kingdom’s capital culture with his lens.
A producer of the creative industry podcast, “Filler”, he and his co-host Harry Hitchens interview creative professionals from other photographers, filmmakers, designers, and editors such as Dan Rubin, Jack Harries, Blaise DiPersia, and Rosa Park respectively. Each interview incites questions on the themes of creative process, to the business of creating, to using creativity to generate positive change in the world. Every episode, wholly delving into the creative field from the people shaping it. Of a curious nature, Shore began his world investigations long ago. “Exploring my surroundings and discovering new things to do and see,” he said, “the first time I travelled was when I was eleven or twelve.”
Perpetually moving, Shore’s love of journeying culminated in 2014 backpacking through Western and Northern Europe to London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Edinburgh and capping off in Liverpool. “More so than a passion, travelling is a lifestyle,” he observed. “More than ever before, people seem to be willing to put it all on the line in the name of a nomadic lifestyle and I definitely sympathise with this sentiment.” But could you honestly blame him?
“I think it’s the moments that come after you get back,” Shore explains. “The ones that come months—even years—after an adventure when you think: I took a nap 3,000 feet on a snow-capped Icelandic volcano. Did that really happen? Those moments tend to get my adrenaline pumping and push me to get out on my next trip.” A common cry of the creative, of the curious, of the wanderers not lost, Shore earnestly affirms what many already know but what some may not yet be brave enough to accept. “There’s truly nothing better than letting go of it all, buying a plane ticket, and exploring a new place.”
Seated on the floor of a rooftop terrace with one of the clearest views of St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London, Shore reloads his medium format camera. “Whether you’re halfway around the world or two blocks from home,” he says as he fidges with a spool of 120mm film, “treat each experience as a worthwhile adventure, and embrace life as it happens.” And when it comes to some travelling words of wisdom from Shore, “Pack well and bring a camera.”
Written by Sheila Lam