Matthew David Parker Biography and Interview
Matthew David Parker is a professional photographer who lives and works in New York, New York. He’s passionate about all things that involve the Big Apple. Matthew David Parker is also fascinated by its many captivating residents and buildings. New York City isn’t just a location for Parker. It’s a way of life.
1- What influences your photography? What makes you want to wake up every morning to take pictures?
The answer to that question without a doubt is New York City. New York is a lifeline of sorts for me. It drives everything I do. It’s my muse. I love everything about it. I love just sitting around in parks for hours on end and looking at all of the people passing me by. I love strolling around the city on lazy Sunday mornings and looking at all of its mesmerizing structures. I love hearing all of the languages, too. I truly mean it when I say that New York is like no other city on this planet. No place can even come close to touching it!
2- Do you have any favorite locations in New York City?
It’s not easy to answer that question. There are too many! That’s almost like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. There are countless New York City destinations that mean so much to me. I love so many parks in the city. I love the energy of Midtown. I can’t get enough of the cool and laid-back energy the Village offers. I like the elegance and sophistication of the Upper East Side.
3- What exactly does photography mean to you?
Photography is anything and everything. I can’t even put into words what it means to me. It’s my life. It’s my passion. It’s my number one source of enthusiasm. I dream about photography. Images take up so much real estate in my brain. I can’t separate the concept of “photography” from real life. They’re essentially one and the same. When I’m walking around New York City or anywhere else for that matter, my thoughts rarely drift away from photography. I can probably go as far to say that they never leave photography. If I see something interesting or beautiful in any way, my first instinct is to take a picture of it. That’s always been my first instinct, too.
4- Give me an example of your perfect day.
My perfect day would definitely take place in New York City. You probably could have guessed that. It would definitely involve photography as well. I’d say my ideal day in New York City would have mild spring weather. I’d be walking all around the place looking for great things to photograph. I wouldn’t have a strict schedule, either. Time pressure isn’t the best. I’d feel 100 percent relaxed and at ease. That’s my ideal day as a photographer and as a bona fide New York City enthusiast. I hope to enjoy many days like that in the future. Nothing beats a laid-back day in the best city in the world.