Right Brain: Matt Krane | SummitDaily.com

Right Brain: Matt Krane

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Photographer Matt Krane first learned to manipulate light in pictures covering early Grateful Dead shows in the San Francisco area for his college paper. He later would again shoot the band when they played in Telluride in 1987. His current show at Clint’s Bakery and Coffee House in Breckenridge is a collection of images that range from three decades of work, including a photo derived from the first roll of film he ever developed to more recent landscape shots. Krane said he’s calling the show – at least in his mind – “Architecture of Nature.”Krane said when he’s with a camera he’s all ears and conveys sound in photos through motion.”I have a still water photograph where the wind is whipping through tall grasses, and, at least for me, I can hear the hissing of the blades of grass.”Another component of Krane’s work is the commercial side which includes architectural photography documenting interior spaces and landscapes. Krane and his wife, Cindi, live in Breckenridge with their three rescued animals – two dogs and a cat.

What would you like to do with your art?I dream a lot in sound and light. I hope through my images that people will want to go out and experience these places for themselves. I hope that then they will want to work in some way to preserve the special places, not to mention some aspect of the health of the planet.What does art give you and why do you do it?I get a great sense of serenity looking for sound, light and structure in nature. I feel a deep sense of accomplishment, communication and perspective.

What do you try to convey through your art?I’m struck by how the more things change and the world becomes more cluttered, the more important certain constants are: ocean tides, gravity, earth’s rotation. We have to depend on certain things, to make sure we conserve and preserve. Also, it’s very important to get out of yourself, your comfort zone.Biggest challenge/how I dealt with it?Getting clear of the hurt and confusion brought on by a tough relationship and recreational drugs so that I could see and feel again. It took a lot of faith, cleanliness, counseling, the love of true friends and family.What are you most proud of regarding your art and/or greatest accomplishment?I’m very proud of this new exhibit (at Clint’s Coffee House in Breck) that people are reacting positively to a range of images from three decades. I’m also proud, even astounded, that I can scratch out a living behind the camera.

How do you stay fresh/motivated?I work outdoors a lot. I’m very sensitive to light and seasonal changes. My wife has deep roots in northern New Mexico. We travel there a lot – land and lightscapes are weird and wondrous. I follow modern photography. Cinematography inspires me as do books.What do you do when not making art?I enjoy guiding people in and around mountains and river systems. I ride a mountain bike, swim and practice yoga. I listen to a lot of music – in the loft where I have a sound room and a collection of around 2,000 vinyl recordings. My wife and I try to get to Hawaii every other year. Our assorted 200 pounds of canines need a lot of outdoor time.

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