Tony Mattson Photography

About Tony Mattson

Tony Mattson portrait

Here are a few notes about me…

I was raised on a farm on the northeastern plains of Colorado and that upbringing gave me a great love of America's vast open landscapes. Over the years it has been my desire to photograph these amazing views, along with the many details that they contain, and share them with others. I enjoy photographing these scenes and I am glad to be able to share them with you.

I have been involved with photography for the last 30+ years. My first photography job was on an archeological site that was run by the Smithsonian Institution and funded by National Geographic Society. I was the site photographer. I was employed for several years as a contractor with the Department of Energy and did video productions for the field office that oversaw the Sandia, Los Alamos and most of the other National Labs. Later I was employed by the state's largest Community College, running the Audiovisual Department and, also, teaching introductory and intermediate photography classes for the school's Emeritus Academy.

After I retired I became more serious about photography. I participated in many professional level training sessions and workshops. Over the last five years I have had works entered in the NM State Fair (Professional Division), the juried Annual NM Photographic Art Show (ANMPAS), annual juried exhibitions at the Albuquerque Photographers Gallery, and juried shows at the New Mexico Art League and the Cathedral Gallery of St. John. I sell my works at art fairs in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and other area around New Mexico.

I have been a member of the Enchanted Lens Camera Club for several years. In addition, I provide training in photography, Mac computers, Photoshop, Lightroom, PowerPoint and Keynote to groups and individuals.

I developed my love of wide open landscapes when I was growing up on a farm on the plains of northeastern Colorado.
The landscape was flat, but I loved the look of the wide expanses, the land and, especially, the great blue sky on clear days, or the clouds heralding the approach of wild storms on others.

I remember the excitement of getting my first camera when I was about 9 years old. It was an inexpensive little Kodak 120 roll film camera with a built-in flash (bulbs in those days). I was heading off to summer camp and I used the camera to take pictures of the beautiful Colorado Rockies around the camp.

I’ve been taking pictures ever since, but around a decade ago I became more serious about studying the technical aspects and rules of composition, and, as a result, my photos are reflecting the the image what I was visualizing. That is very rewarding. Photography helps me capture the things that I find interesting and beautiful in our world.

I hope that you find my photos interesting too. Please drop me a line here and let me know what you think.