Born in north London (1972), Matthew Percival is a television producer/director and freelance stills photographer – he has travelled to over 60 countries during a career characterised by tireless curiosity. He currently works for CNN International and continues to expand his photographic portfolio, documenting his travels and the natural world.
In 2014, Matthew had two photos "commended" in the 'people' category of the Sony World Photography Awards, presented at London's Somerset House.
“Fortunately, I fell into a career that I really enjoy; it’s full on but life is rarely mundane. It allows me to explore new places and hang on to my (child-like) sense of wonder and curiosity. Taking a truly great or even iconic photograph is unfathomably difficult. When you work in television, you come to understand there is a certain luxury in being able to keep a video camera rolling at 25 frames per second, minute after minute. With a stills camera, a single frame must portray the essence of the subject, tell a story and capture that decisive moment – all correctly exposed and composed, in a fraction of a second. My love of photography stems from this elusive challenge. It is akin to the way that learning a new language teaches you to think differently: photography encourages me to seek out new perspectives on the world and to appreciate detail that the naked eye fails to register. So for me, photographs have a revelatory power…the texture of a butterfly’s wing or a facet of a person’s character. When I began learning the grammar of photography with an old Canon AE1 and a few ‘how to’ books, I concentrated exclusively on wildlife photography. These days, my subject matter has broadened - now people intrigue me as much as animals – at its best a photograph can tell the truth about someone”.
If you need a photographer, would like to order a quality print or simply want to contact Matthew, he can be emailed at:firstname.lastname@example.org