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Matthew J. Thomas

Botanical Photographer

Based in Sussex, Matthew J. Thomas is a botanical photographer and a qualified ecologist. With a particular interest in the photography of native, wild plants in their natural habitats, his aim is to express the beauty of plants in all their tremendous diversity.

Limited edition and open prints of his work can be purchased via Saatchi Art.

Vase full of meadow wild flowers

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Yew Trees, Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

Yes trees at Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve


Photographic Style

"Every plant has a ‘personality’. By that I mean that it has a particular form, texture, growth habit and even a kind of 'suspended motion' that creates an emotional response. For me, photography is a tool for somehow interpreting this ‘personality’ into an image that can be transported into people's homes and work places. In so doing, my hope is to be able to inspire people to admire and cherish the wonders of the plants that grow around us.

"Inevitably my photographic style has been influenced by a training in plant morphology and years of experience as a professional ecologist. But my hope is that these have been tempered by an artist’s eye, creating powerful images that will linger long in the memory."

Selected prints of Matthew's photographs can be purchased here.

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An old Sussex hay meadow in high summer


Matthew J. Thomas born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire in 1965 and now lives in Wiston, West Sussex, UK. A qualified ecologist and self-taught photographer, he has spent thirty years exploring the wild places of Sussex.

Matthew has had a lifelong fascination for the beauty of plants, and a longstanding interest in photography. From 2015, after a 25 year career working in ecology and nature conservation, he was able to devote more time to photography. In 2016 his photograph of an ancient, Wealden meadow achieved 3rd place, in the ‘Wildflower Landscapes’ category at the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. That year Matthew was also highly commended at the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards and in 2017, he achieved First Place in the 'Bring Home the Harvest’ category of the same awards.

Since 2017, Matthew’s photographs have featured in numerous publications around the world and he has been commissioned by a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award winner and a large, private country estate, amongst other clients.

In 2019 Matthew began two ambitious photographic projects, to help increase awareness of native plants. ‘The Old Ones’ is a photographic record of the largest and oldest ancient trees in Sussex, some of which are much older than the oldest surviving buildings in the county. ‘The Survivors’ is a series of photographs of the rare and threatened plants of Sussex, many of which remain at only a handful of locations.

Matthew J. Thomas

Sussex ancient wildflower meadow

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