Matt Paul Catalano
Matt grew up in New Jersey during the 80s and 90s. His father was an avid traveler, fisherman and amateur photographer and one of the seeding factors that led Matt into his interests in photography and the ocean. Matt learned about photography when it was majorly analog in the late 90s and eventually moved into digital photography as it went mainstream.
Being raised near the beach Matt taught himself how to surf and began documenting surf culture in NJ and internationally, publishing a series of surf & bodyboarding DVD titles in the early 2000s . These projects and travels kickstarted his journey in ocean visuals.
From 2000-2004 Matt attended Wake Forest University and Lehigh University in pursuit of a BS in business & economics. He graduated with honors and took employment as financial consultant in 2005 for a year before transitioning to remote role through 2012 building web applications and managing a small team of developers in Bangalore, India. Matt's flexible work situation allowed him to live anywhere by working remotely and funding his work in ocean and surf photography. Matt expanded on his efforts as an artist and part-time photographer from shooting surf tour events in Australia to non-profit projects in Latin America.
He continues to shoot on all mediums and is currently focusing on cinematography and motion projects.