When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
There was never a specific moment, it just kind of happened. I was always interested in photo and video but when I went of to school I was able to use my camera to get me into all sort of events. Everything from football games to concerts, I was able to get paid for instead of paying the premium for tickets.
Who has been an inspiration to your photography?
Dustin Rabin has been a pretty big inspiration to me. He is very good about getting back to me and his work is incredible. Some of my favorite photos of all time are form his Paul McCartney project.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about being a photographer?
It’s not easy. I wish it was as easy as just clicking a shutter, but it is much more than that. The work is tough and the pay is far from great. The real salary I get is in the finished product. It’s great to see how people appreciate a photo for what it is. Seeing my photo on someone’s wall really makes it all worth it.
What would you like to photograph that you haven’t yet?
I really want to do wartime photography and truly show people what is going on in places in which we are so removed from.
Where do you see your photography taking you in the future?
I’m not really sure to be honest. I didn’t see it taking me anywhere and then the next thing I knew I was on the field at a National Championship game so who knows where I’ll end up.
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Describe being a photographer in 5 words or less
Rewarding, Access, Underpaid, Perks, Expensive
All photos courtesy of Matthew Paskert http://www.MatthewPaskert.com