Photographer Matt Hurley adds his otherworldly talents to the Film Construction stills division

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: Film Construction has welcomed the “fresh and spirited” talents of Auckland photographer Matt Hurley to its stills division.

After studying visual arts, Hurley cut his photographic teeth interning at Kingsize Studios Auckland, taking full advantage of a storeroom full of gear to explore techniques and test creative ideas.

Film Construction executive producer Belinda Bradley said: “Matt is an emerging super talent honing a style that is all at once precise, ethereal and beautifully undone. 

Matt is quickly establishing himself as a photographer who composes new visual melodies that translate into meaningful imagery. His stylistic and crafted sensibilities elevate the soul of his subjects and the worlds he places them in.

“Matt is an emerging super talent honing a style that is all at once precise, ethereal and beautifully undone.”

“We’re super excited to be adding Matt to our roster. He creates charismatic work that powerfully blends nostalgia and futurism. And he’s made of all the good stuff, talent, discipline, ambition and, most importantly, empathy. His ability to think narratively will make him an excellent choice for brands looking to tell their story with flair and visual innovation.”

“Film Construction proudly houses a stable of directors, photographers and producers. Built on 25 years of production excellence. Always anticipating tomorrow.”

Hurley said: “I’m drawn to photographing people in place. I love real-found environments and building narratives with delicate detail.

“I equally love being in the studio, where you can paint a picture and control every aspect of the image.

“I enjoy playing with motion blur and bursts of exaggerated colour. I’m also a bit nuts about prop hunting; I guess I see things in a cinematic way. A scene or subject captured well should elicit a physical sensation.”

While Hurley “dreams of international ventures” in his near future, he agrees that Central Otago would be “just as thrilling”.

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