Matt Inden MATT INDEN IS INVOLVED in every aspect of all limited edition photographs “LED.” Although from the conception of the image Matt’s talents are central to capturing the photograph, he incorporates several people in the editing and printing process. “Taking the photograph is just the beginning; in order to truly get the absolute best images, an extensive editing process is necessary. It is funny how photographers, or I should say, at least I can get attached to certain images for a variety of different reasons. On occasion, images may make ‘my cut,’ but not that of some of my most trusted advisors. I may hike for days with sixty pounds of gear and get a really good photograph. In fact, it happens a lot. It happens more often than the bad photographs and more often than the great photographs. Though the image is good, it may not be great. I may get overly attached to an image because of the time and effort put into it. I look to my advisors as both helpful and necessary people in those instances. Perhaps this comes from my roots as a photojournalist. As a journalist, one has editors and fellow photographers to critique one’s work. I use that input to improve and sharpen my skills as a journalist and a visual storyteller. I still view a criticism as commentary—as information or observation—something to consider in future concepts.”

AS A PHOTOGRAPHER OF NATURE, I like to judge a work by determining whether it is worthy of being placed on a wall. Does the piece inspire the viewer with the feelings of being transported through space and time, into the scene in front of him or her? Can he or she reach out and touch the sloping mounds of sand or the crisp, newly fallen snow? Those are the images for which I search and ask, ‘Will this make it to someone’s wall?’ Of course, ultimately, it is up to you, the people that share my passion for the outdoors, that are the final decision-makers—the outdoor lovers that stop at places of beauty and take a moment to ponder. It is amazing what powerful ideas and emotions nature can invoke.  There are those magical places that always seem to hold you in your tracks a little longer than usual—be it your first time there or your twentieth. To me, these are the places that inspire and that I feel must be preserved.”