Author: Matthew Harrison

Danish Imports: The DJ

This is the third instalment of my Danish Imports blog posts, looking at the stories behind people’s decisions to live, work or visit Denmark. Today’s story focuses on Danish DJ, Nikolaj Yu Andersen. You can read previous stories about Meriel or Luke if you’d like a quick recap regarding the ideas behind the images and […]

First Published Photo. Ever!

It felt gooooood! This was the very first photograph I had published anywhere ever. It was back in 2004 and I was still slaving away for the very cool Internet Bank, Egg Plc. But for several months I’d been chipping away at a City & Guilds Photography Course (Home Learning) and it was going slowly, […]

Danish Imports: The Architect

Today I’ll be sharing the second story behind one of my Danish Imports subjects, Luke Lorimer. If you missed the first post then you can read it here. These images were used for my first exhibition, Danish Imports, which was held at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen throughout August and September, 2014. Australian classically-trained pianist Luke […]

Cheeky, thieving bastards!

I really couldn’t think of a better title for this blog post today. Allow me to explain. A couple of weeks ago I was literally shutting down for the summer holidays: computer, brain et al. During July most of Denmark is on vacation so it’s a pretty safe bet that emails will be limited and […]

When Matthew “met” Noel Gallagher

A brand new Career High has just been achieved Throughout the next few paragraphs I’m going to break a couple of cardinal sins when it comes to blogging and acting professionally. I’m going to: Boast and brag about my job as a photographer Not offer any guidance or advice to any of my readers Talk […]

Your Instagram pics are worth a fortune!

How one man made millions photographing other people’s work Ever heard of the American thief painter and photographer Richard Prince. It’s highly likely that you haven’t, but it might be worth remembering the name in case he starts following you on Instagram. In a gallery exhibition titled “New Portraits,” which ran at the Gagosian Gallery […]

Surviving the 2015 Copenhagen Marathon

The man’s face shimmered with sweat in the afternoon sun as his legs soldiered on. Mile after mile he continued through the streets of Copenhagen, whilst around him, thousands of runners struggled to keep going and crowds roared in his ears. His goal: to reach the finish line so he could start editing his pictures […]

Denmark: the land of pork, windmills and same-sex marriage

Or, how Sasha and Anthony got one step closer to happiness written by Antoaneta Borisova This is the story of Sasha and Anthony, a lovely gay couple, who have been struggling to be together for more than six years now. I use the word “lovely” not because I want this article to be cheesy, but […]

The Sports Photographer on top of the World

If you’ve had your head in the sand for the past few weeks (or have just moved to the country) then you might have missed out on some pretty awesome news: the return of Red Bull Cliff Diving to Copenhagen. Back in June 2013, several of the world’s bravest athletes stood on the roof of […]

From the UK to Oz. On a Bike!

The distance is over 11,000 miles, and this maniac did it   Back in December I had the pleasure of working alongside freelance writer Oli Broom from the UK. Oli flew in to Denmark to write several articles about the cycling culture here (or just culture, as the locals kept reminding him), and one of […]

5 Things Every Photographer Needs to Know

Just starting out? Get to grips with these camera functions before anything else I was one of the lucky ones, starting out on a non-digital SLR camera. An Olympus OM-1 where loading the film was the first really important ‘setting’ I had to master. Then there was the ASA and the Manual Focus – two […]

Terror attack in Copenhagen

Denmark pays its respects It’s actually quite hard to describe the feeling in Copenhagen this morning. People are going about their business as usual, that much is clear; but as soon as I left the house I could see something different in people’s faces. On the train I watched a guy scold another for banging […]

Behind The Scenes: Lasse Sjørslev

How do you get a nice image when photographing with fluorescents?   Last week I was given the task of photographing TV2 News Presenter Lasse Sjørslev, and how pleased was I when it started to rain and snow just a few minutes before the shoot! Knowing that Lasse would have to change clothes at some […]

The Builder and The Window-Maker: A Modern Fable

Once upon a time there lived a Builder who was renowned for designing beautiful and interesting properties. One day he was commissioned to construct a block of flats with the one condition that he installed differently designed windows for each apartment and a magnificent front door to attract buyers. Over the next few months he […]

Derbyshire, Batman and Phone Apps

First off, Happy New Year everyone. I think this is the last week where you’re allowed to actually say that; afterwards you just sound like a prick who’s been somewhere warm over the christmas period and want to boast about it to your colleagues because you’ve arrived back so late in the new year. Anyway, […]

When Matthew met… John Hurt CBE

Bizarrely, most people respond by asking, “who?” when I tell them I’ve photographed John Hurt. Maybe it’s a generation thing; after all, he was born in the 1920s, making him something of a relic in the eyes of today’s Reality TV-Loving Youth. So if that’s your generation and you’re reading this asking the same question, […]

When Matthew met… Moyles

Firstly, apologies to my Danish and non-UK readers, as you probably won’t have a clue who Motor-Mouth Moyles is, but rest assured this guy played an integral part in my journey to becoming a photographer. And in 2010 I actually got the chance to tell him. Well, actually I kinda got in a bit of […]

Matthew James: The Prequel

I love prequels and backstories. So much, in fact, that my partner wants it adding to my gravestone when I finally go. I’m always banging on about Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and (just the other night) Downton Abbey! What great prequel stories they could create, I keep thinking […]

From the archives: Paul Cummins

Paul Cummins. A name that’s been banded around a lot recently in the media, and I knew I’d heard it before somewhere. For those of you who don’t recognise the name, Paul is the man behind the 888,246 poppies that surround the Tower of London, to commemorate Remembrance Day, which takes place today. Every year […]

Re-editing Past Images

I can quite easily flick through all the pictures that I took prior to taking the NCTJ Photojournalism course, and not pay a single bit of attention to them. But as I take more and more images for other people and companies, I find myself returning to my own personal snaps more often. In June […]

The Danish Imports are coming!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog calling for non-Danes to step forward to be part of a new exhibition I’m hosting. The response was insane, I’m pleased to say, and after some heavy vetting, I managed to narrow it down to just a few people. To quote the official Facebook Event Page, ‘Danish […]

Paptastic

Poor Princess Mary. And I mean that sincerely. For a good couple of hours she was hounded by men with cameras (including me, I should admit) and they just would not leave her alone. It was a couple of Saturdays ago here in Copenhagen and the weather was hot hot hot. A children’s anti-bullying relay […]

Foreigners wanted in Denmark

Right then, who wants to be photographed? More importantly, who can tick off each and every one of the requirements on this list, and wants to be photographed? i) You were not born in Denmark ii) You have either A) Moved here permanently or, B) moved here temporarily iii) Or, you might be visiting Copenhagen […]

Copenhagen Marathon 2014

Since 4:56am I’ve been scrolling through hundreds and hundreds of images from yesterday’s Copenhagen Marathon and the same faces keep showing up. The difference in each picture, however, are the looks on their faces, as things gradually go from jolly and exciting to nightmarishly strenuous. As I set off on my bike yesterday morning shortly […]

Handbag Marketing Chief needed

A Danish job vacancy website has published a tongue-in-cheek position for an Animal Skin Handbag Marketing Chief. The bags allegedly contain skin from Marius the Giraffe, as well as recently killed lions and other endangered species. Whoever said that Danes don’t have a sense of humour? The opening line reads, “Are you fond of animals […]

London’s G20 Riots

The crowd were all facing the same way but nobody was moving. I strained my neck to try and get a better view, but apart from the general chatter of the thousands of people around me and the police and news helicopters circling above, I was still none the wiser of what was going on. […]

Paralympics

Russia is getting its fair share of attention at the moment. Not too long ago there was the Pussy Riot incident (girls locked up for singing anti-Government songs in a church). Then there’s the recent Anti-Homosexuality Propaganda laws that were passed by Vladimir Putin (to protect the children, apparently). And of course now there’s civil […]

How to get an upgrade to Business Class

The first time I ever asked for an upgrade to Business Class on an international flight I got one. Not just for me, either, but for my partner too. So I decided that it’d be nice to share my secret with you all, because I can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to […]

A Game of Ice and Gunfire

At 8am the first gunshot fired, signalling the start of the 2014 Holmenkollmarsjen in Norway. I stood at the side of the start line and watched the colourfully-dressed competitors through my 200mm lens. Minutes before there had been jokes and laughter, hearty pats on the back and hand-shakes amongst friends, but now there was just […]

Turtle-hatching

Our timing couldn’t’ve been better: we had arrived in the Australian town of Bundaberg during the peak season for turtle-hatching and that evening we were going to be treated to a show. Otherwise famous for its rum distillery, Bundy hugs the east coast of the continent, 365 km north of Brisbane and relatively close to […]

The Aftermath

Last Friday was cold and temperamental in Copenhagen. Add to this a trailer full of exhibition walls, a grumpy old man with his dog, dead-ends in carparks and a tight deadline to return borrowed goods and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a headache. Yes that’s right, it’s Bryllupsmessen Friday all over again. As mentioned […]

Bryllupsmessen

This time last year my future was hanging on a thread. Just around the corner was Copenhagen’s biggest Wedding Fair (or is it Fayre?) at the Bella Centre – known simply as Bryllupsmessen. And despite having done several weddings in the past, I had never actually tried to sell myself or my services to strangers […]