Graham Matthews, age 56, married with 2 children.
Graham was a part time freelance photographer for over 30 years dividing his time between this and other work. He expanded his skills to include video editing and DVD production as well as developing his skills in business management with a small company called Galaxi Promotions Ltd, (Torus TV, Torusphotographic).
He is currently studying a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography and Video Art at the University of Bedfordshire.
The heavily précised CV below offers a taste of Graham’s experience to date.
1983 First commission as sports photographer for a local football league
1985 Became a member of a local camera club and had several of his prints selected for local exhibition beating other members.
1989 Had a picture selected for the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) national exhibition beating all other camera club members in the UK to be one of 43 finalists.
1990 Took “A level” photography at Barnfield College, Luton. Achieved a grade A (acknowledged as being one of the top 20 students for 1990 in Photography A level by the examining board)
1995 Took part in a charity expedition to Romania as the official photographer.
1995 Had a print selected for an international exhibition in Norway, Sweden and Holland.
2001 Took part in a 6 episode TV series called the “Ghost Detectives” (UK Horizons / Lion TV) examining photographs allegedly containing ghosts. Graham was also the official photographer for the series and apart from the stills he also filmed several hours of additional footage used in the final edit of the shows.
2001 Starred in a live TV broadcast from the Tower of London called “Ghost Watch Live” (BBC Worldwide, UK Horizons) a follow up to the TV series. Also filmed additional footage which was broadcast live.
2002 Starred in Haunted Halloween Live (ITV2 and ITV 1) another live Ghost investigation programme. Graham also designed the show logo and broadcast slide used for the advert breaks as well as designing an animation sequence used in the title credits all of which was broadcast live on ITV 2 and repeated on ITV 1
2003 Starred in a pilot TV show episode called the “Other 1%” another Ghost investigation programme, this time using his photographic knowledge to show how ghost photographs are created and how people can be fooled.
2005 Graham started his own media business called Galaxi Promotions Ltd (Torus TV and Torusphotographic). During this time he had numerous commissions both for stills and video work as well as turning his hand to weddings, portraiture and landscape. Highlight was filming and producing a short DVD for a tourist attraction in Portsmouth and a full length documentary telling the story of a seven day hike across Hadrians Wall.
All his commissioned work to date has been obtained by testimonials.
2010 Joined the production team of Scott Baileys fantasy film trilogy, The Crystal of the Gods as Director of Photography
2012 Started BA (Hons) Degree in Photography and Video Art at the University of Bedfordshire
Throughout the last 30 years Graham has travelled to America, Canada, the Caribbean, France, Germany, Spain, Malta, Tunisia, Majorca, Corfu, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and China amongst others.
A trip to Yellowstone park in Wyoming, America in 2006 was one highlight. Hiring an RV, (recreational vehicle), Graham took his family on a 2500 mile road journey across 5 states, which included visits to Grand Teton, Flaming Gorge, and Arches National Parks.
Ever the adventurer between 1989 and 1999 Graham spent 10 years as a member of a Caving club. During this time he explored of some of the most extensive and dangerous cave systems in the UK, France and Belgium.
He has also parachuted, scuba dived, travelled in a hot air balloon and canoed the 26km Ardeche Gorge in France. He has been camping since he was 8 years old and is a regular visitor to Derbyshire and the Lake District.
With a love of history and theatre, Graham has been a long time member of the English Civil war re enactment society the ‘Sealed Knot’ (www.thesealedknot.org.uk) and is proficient in Pike, Sword and Black Powder musket.
Graham is also a keen member of an amateur dramatic society and has over the last 10 years been an actor, set builder, stage manager and producer on many different productions. These include Charles Dickens ‘Oliver Twist” (as Bill Sykes), Agatha Christie’s ‘A Murder is Announced’ (as a Detective Sergeant), Noel Coward’s ‘Blythe Spirit’ (special effects designer) and a stage production of the TV serial ‘Allo, Allo, (set designer). Additionally Graham has been involved with numerous pantomimes which include Peter Pan (set designer), Aladdin (as the Emperor of China), Cinderella (set designer), Sleeping Beauty (stage manager) and many others.
His involvement includes creating many of the publicity posters, publicity photographs and the show programme which is sold to the public. If he’s not on the stage or behind it, Graham films the drama circles productions and produces a DVD for the benefit of the cast and crew.
In 1967 Graham joined the Scout Association. At the age of 56 he completed all the Scout Associations leadership training course and was also presented with a 25 year leadership service award. He is currently the warden of a small privately owned Scout camp site near the village of Studham, Beds.
Graham Matthews owned his first camera at the age of 15 which he took on a hiking trip to the mountains of Snowdonia. The pictures he took on that trip started a passion for photography that has lasted a lifetime. At the age of 31 Graham started to put some qualifications to his picture taking and studied photography at evening classes achieving a grade A at A level.
Graham loves all aspects to photography and has had pictures exhibited both in this country and abroad. An accomplished black and white printer Graham spent many years photographing people, both as portraits and figure, but is as equally at home with colour in his sports and landscape photography. With the introduction of digital photography Graham admits that the “limit of his imagination” is the only boundary left.
Graham is happiest with a camera in his hand photographing, then returning to his “digital” darkroom to enhance the images for his own pleasure and for others to enjoy. He is currently studying a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography and Video Art at the University of Bedfordshire