Matthew Turley

Guatemala

A year ago I traveled with Shelley Lovelace to Guatemala for a week or two. Although I’d lived there during my senior year of high school and have returned several times since, I’d never explored the country freely, without an itinerary. We bought the tickets only two days in advance, made no reservations, used mostly public transportation, and traveled light – each only carrying a small backpack with some extra clothes (plus a toothbrush 🙂 …and cameras. I carried a Pentax 6×7, Shelley had her grandfather’s Fujica, and we shared a Fuji x100. We ended up shooting something like 75 rolls of film, 25GB of digital images, and hundreds of iPhone images, most of which have never seen the light of day (or a scanner). At long last, here are a few of mine:
Guatemala

Guatemala

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Guatemala

Guatemala

Nantucket

Some images from a pleasant trip to Nantucket back in July.  I had originally planned to rent a plane and island hop from Long Island (via Matha’s Vineyard) but the forecast called for a fair amount of sea mist over the sound, and as I’m not IFR-certified I decided to play it safe and took a Delta flight.
Someday I’ll go back and fly that approach for RWY 6…

Nantucket

Nantucket

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Nantucket

Sierra Shoot

Last month I was commissioned by Sierra Magazine to travel to Texas and photograph Goldman Prize winner Hilton Kelley for a story about his environmental justice advocacy in his refinery-strewn home town of Port Arthur.  The entire trip took less than 24 hours door to door, but in the short time I had with him, Hilton inspired me with his philosophy and dedication – an impression that has given me a lot of thought in the time since.
Here a few of the shots that ran in this month’s issue:

Sierra Shoot

Sierra Shoot

STS-135

Last summer I promised myself to photograph the final space shuttle launch.  Not only was it to be a historic event, and the last of its kind, but I can probably generalize here and say that every kid born under the influence of gravity will do whatever it takes to watch stuff shoot into the sky – the bigger, louder, and higher the better.
And a shuttle launch is just that – big, loud, and high.  Even from 6.5 miles away (the closest public viewing location) it is an awe-inspiring demonstration of power.  From that distance, the sound didn’t reach us until just before the rocket disappeared into the cloud, but as the roar of the engines came flooding over us the magnitude of what I was witnessing began to sink in – after 30 years of service, the Shuttle Transport System was now to become a relic of the past.

Early on I made the decision to shoot the launch on 4×5 film, knowing full well this thing would happen fast. As it turned out I had plenty of time (hah!) to get 10 hurried shots (8 sheets and two polaroids) before the shuttle disappeared through the clouds in something like 30 seconds:

STS-135

STS-135