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Published on April 10th, 2017 | by Brandon H

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Matthew David Parker

Matthew David Parker always had big dreams in the city that never sleeps. A New York native, he uses his photography skills to capture some of the most breathtaking images of the city. Believing that every moment has a story to tell, he aspires to inspire anyone to appreciate what is often ignored. He is known for his contrasting work between the imperfection of human nature and perfection of city architecture. Matthew David Parker has become one of the most sought after photography talents coming out from New York these days.

1.What do you do in your spare time?

I try to stay active in my spare time. Being in New York, there is of course a lot of walking involved so that adds up. However, I try to dedicate some time each day toward physical training. Whether it be lifting weights, going for an inclined run, or even my least favorite, squats, I try to get them all in. Admittedly, I’m easily distracted by social media. I can’t count the amount of hours per day I spend glancing at them for updates and feedback.

2.What’s your favorite type of food?

I would say my favorite type of food is Cantonese food. There was this restaurant in Midtown Manhattan many years ago called Phoenix Garden. I’m actually not sure when it closed down. It had the best Cantonese dishes I have ever tasted though. I absolutely loved their fried calamari. I would order it every single time I brought some friends out for a celebration or a simple lunch. I really miss that place.

3.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have ever received would probably be from my mother. I’m highly competitive by nature, and I was very much a victim to repeatedly comparing myself to others. My life seemed to go against the grain in some ways. From my father leaving when I was a kid to my sister’s suicide during my teens, I always felt a desire to have a “complete” family like my friends have. My losses affected my mental state in ways I didn’t realize until I was in my late teens. It was then that my mother said to me, “No one else is you. No one else goes through the same exact combination of experiences as anyone.” It was as if a weight was lifted off me. I could accept and acknowledge my past. I understood that even though it wasn’t ideal, it shaped me into who I am. And who I am is all I should ever expect myself to be. No longer did I expect to live the same life’s course as others.

4.What is one thing you’ve learned since starting your career?

One thing I’ve learned since starting my career is to be assertive and take risks. I’m not talking about foolish risks made on a whim. There is a time and place for those, but I mean more of calculated risks where everything is carefully taken into consideration. If there is just that little bit that’s preventing you from taking the jump, do it. I find we regret the things we didn’t do more than the ones we did.

5.What are you most proud of?

At the likelihood of coming off as very egotistical, I think I am most proud of myself. As I mentioned earlier, there were some struggles in life that pulled me back into a rut continuously. The aftereffects really took a toll on my self-esteem. Although I was partaking in art and photography, I never really took genuine pride in my work as it always seemed to fall short in my eyes. Fast forward many years later, and I am loving everything I put my effort into. I’m loving life. I’m loving myself.


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