Photograph is copyright of the artist; Matt Alofs
In discussing my interest in the photographic images of Matt Alofs, it is only fair that I disclose that he is also a co-member of Stills with me, but I don’t think that this changes my interest in Matt’s work;- )
Matt’s work centers mostly on two distinct bodies of work, his Black & White urban landscapes and the image of his partner, Kate. Both remind me a lot of another Midwest photographer, Harry Callahan (1912-1999), who had two similar bodies of work, Black & White urban landscapes and images of his wife and muse, Eleanore.
This is not to say that I believe that Matt is trying to walk in Callahan’s shoes. Matt’s urban landscapes and portrait’s have a very unique look and character, abet with what I might call a Midwest locality (when you live in the Midwest, you photograph the Midwest!) although he and Kate are very well traveled and have lived outside the US. It’s just that his current landscape images reflect that he is going ‘deep’ as where he is.
Kate by Matt Alofs, copyright of the artist
My primary interest in Matt’s photographs are his urban landscape images, but I have also grown to appreciate his ongoing series about Kate. His images of her work well as singular images, but collectively they provide wonderful glimpse of a real person and indirectly, a story about a relationship. Many of the images of Kate are direct and unflinching, you can almost sense the connection between the two.
Best regards, Doug