For today’s Cameo we’re having 38 year-old Scottish photographer Mat Hay. With the images of his subjective reportage Heather Burn, Mat contrasts the picturesque, mainstream representation of the Scottish Highlands while still creating a poetic mood into his photographs. See here for all the photographers who previously made a cameo on FotoRoom.
Ciao Mat, thank you for this interview. How are you?
All good, thank you. Keeping busy.
What is photography for you?
It’s a way to explore the world and have a reason for doing so. I always need a creative release so this ticks a lot of boxes for a life choice.
What is Heather Burn about?
The project looks at what it’s really like to live and work in the Highlands of Scotland, in particular the more remote areas. I felt compelled to do it because often the representation of Scotland can be quite clichéd or romantic, and because of this I just couldn’t relate to my home country. It also shows how humans interact, exploit, and rely upon the landscape and the animals we keep.