About

Matthew Thomas is self-taught photographer and a qualified ecologist. He specialises in plant and garden photography and can regularly be found walking the hills of his native Sussex.

For Matthew, photography is first and foremost a time to relax and enjoy life but he has been fortunate enough to do quite well in several photographic awards. These include the BBC Countryfile photo competition and the International Garden Photographer of the Year. His photographs regularly appear in magazines and books worldwide, including features in 'Sussex Life' and 'Country Life'.

Matthew J. Thomas plant and garden photography
Definition of Phytography

Gallery

Some of my favourite garden images. Occasionally these feature their owners too!

Some evening wild flower photographs, made in a meadow adjacent to my cottage.

1. Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
2. Greater Stitchwort (Rabelera holostea)
3. Red Campion (Silene dioica)
4. Common Fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica)
5. Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis)

Current Project: Ancient Trees

I am photographing one hundred of the largest and oldest trees in Sussex through the four seasons. These photographs will be eventually published in a photobook, although it's taking a while to find them all!

Fine art prints of many of this images are available for purchase.

I am very grateful to the Woodland Trust for the use of their Ancient Tree Inventory and to the many private landowners who have granted permission for me to photograph these trees.

Next Steps

Find out how we can work together

Sussex Life Magazine front cover
Sussex Life Magazine front cover
Sussex Life Magazine front cover

Commissions

If you have a particular plant or garden related project that you would like me to photograph, or perhaps a story to tell with visual images, please use the form below, or give me a call on 07763 206030.

Logger cutting up a tree with a chainsaw
Logs being prepared for firewood
logs being split for firewood

Bespoke Prints

I can produce prints of almost any size, framed or unframed. Choose either from my portfolio, or perhaps have a print made of your own plant, tree or garden. For more information, please use the form below, or alternatively call me on 07763 206030.

Room interior with wall print of trees on the stairs
Living room with panoramic print of tulips
Room with yello wsofas and large print of red hot poker plants

Presentations

If you would like me to give a talk and slide show about plant and garden photography, contact me using form below, or call me on 07763 206030.

giving a talk to a local group

Privacy Policy

What is this Privacy Policy for?

This privacy policy is for this website www.thephytographer.com and served by Matthew J. Thomas and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

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17) Any licence granted will terminate immediately if you (a) die, (b) enter into voluntary or compulsory liquidation; (c) have a receiver appointed; or (d) fail to perform any of your obligations under these Terms and Conditions within 28 days of our giving you notice to comply. In the event of termination, all rights granted will immediately revert to us and any further exploitation of any Image shall constitute an infringement of copyright.

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21) These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and the parties agree to submit the jurisdiction of the English courts, such jurisdiction to be exclusive, save for infringement of copyright or non payment of our invoices where it will be non-exclusive.


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