Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I'm Matthew David Powell, a 36 year old art director living in New York. Photos > MDPNY is a street photography blog I started in 2005 to tell my story of daily life in and around New York City. I retired posting to this site in March 2013, it is now strictly archival. For new works, please follow along at:
A little about me:
I've been fascinated by photography for basically my entire life. As a child my mother always carried a camera in her purse. I was amazed by the its magical ability of stopping time and dispalying it in such vivid color and detail... I fell in love with the story it told. As an adult, I'm still amazed. Photography gives me the opportunity to appreciate and share otherwise overlooked details in the world around me.
Being able to stop a moment and share it almost exactly as you saw it can be an amazingly better way of communicating than with words. My mind has always worked visually, and photography acts sort of like a language. To this point, I usually have some form of camera with me.
I'm orignially from the West, and have called NYC home for just over 10 years.
What interests you visually?
Subject wise, I enjoy urban storytelling; street photography of what it's like to live in a big city. I also love architecture and details of urban growth and decay. I'm really fascinated with the connection between people and their environments, and NYC is an amazing place to observe this.
The power of interactive communities. I'm amazed and inspired daily by people who share their world through images on the Internet. I don't know these people in real life, though I share a connection to their work. I also love that it's interactive, which allows for conversation and commenting; it's really interesting to see how differently people experience the same photograph.
It's the closest thing I've ever come to realizing a childhood fantasy of being able to see the whole world at one time, and in a way I think it shows that everyone in the world has a lot more in common than most mainstream media would have us believe.
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Duplication, alteration or removal of any material from this site without consent and attribution is expressly prohibited.
If you are interested in using a piece of my work for non-commercial, non-derivative purposes, please contact me and I'd likely approve it. Commercial licensing may be available for certain images.
If you are interested in obtaining a print of a certain photograph, please send me an email indicating the title of the image and I'd be willing to discuss availability and pricing with you.