Beyond the Break | Head On Photo Festival

Beyond the Break


Matt Smith

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Exhibition Description

Underwater photography allows me to visually communicate to the viewer the majestic feelings of scuba diving and the incredible interactions between myself and rarely seen creatures of our oceans in their natural habitat. I want to generate compassion in people of how wonderful our seas are and how important it is to treat them with respect.

For me, one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter.

I really enjoy and also feel it’s very important to show people the treasures we have in our oceans, how fragile they are and the importance of protecting them. I like to use my skills as an underwater photographer to try to amaze and educate.

Artist Bio

Matty Smith is a UK born and bred underwater photographer who is now based in Stanwell Park NSW Australia. After emigrating down under in 2007 in pursuit of furthering his photography career, Matty fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and has now made it his permanent playground. Matty is a contributing photographer for Ocean Geographic Magazine & a brand ambassador for Nikon Australia & Aquatica Digital Water Housings. His award-winning images have been exhibited in over all around the world including the London Natural History Museum in the UK and the Australian Museum right here in Sydney. 

Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

04 July 2020 to 26 July 2020

Open Hours