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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 lifelong love of plants and 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

Work

Photographic Style

"Every plant has a ‘personality’. By that I mean that it has a particular form, a texture and sometimes almost a 'suspended motion'. For those who have the time to stop and look, these qualities can together provoke a surprisingly powerful emotional response.

"For me, photography provides a tool to somehow interpret the intangible ‘personality’ of a plant into an image; a photograph that can be transported into people's homes and work places. My hope is to be able to share my passion for plants and to inspire people to admire and cherish the wonders of the plants that grow all around us."


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An old Sussex hay meadow in high summer

About

Matthew J. Thomas lives in Wiston, West Sussex. He has spent much of the past three decades scrambling around the wild places of his home county, exploring its natural wonders. After a 25 year career working in ecology and nature conservation, in 2015 he began to devote more time to a lifelong enthusiasm for photography.

In 2016 Matthew's photograph of Sea Kale on a beach at Newhaven achieved 3rd place in the ‘Wildflower Landscapes’ category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. This success spurred him on to improve his photographic skills.

Since 2016, Matthew’s photographs have featured in numerous publications worldwide and he has begun to receive commissions for his photography, including recent work for a Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist and an award-winning winery.

Matthew has always had a particular fascination with the beauty of plants, both wild and cultivated. In 2019 he began two new photographic projects, with the aim of helping to increase awareness of our native plants. ‘The Old Ones’ is a photographic record of the largest and oldest ancient trees in Sussex. ‘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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