Travel

If you like to travel (or want to travel more) and would like to get some inspiration, then read on my friend. Here you’ll find tales of mountains, robbery and some good old travel photos.

New York City: A Nostalgic Return to a Filmset

American customs is an absolute bitch. I can’t say I’ve ever had an easy time arriving at JFK Airport in New York, but I foolishly hoped that the third time would be the charm. It wasn’t. But instead of pulling me to one side and asking why “a dude would have hair straighteners in his […]

No Man is an Island

Finding solitude amongst Denmark’s hidden gems Words by Joe Miller, Pictures by Matthew James Harrison It’s always hard in life to accept it when you lose friends, family or anyone close to you. People change, they move on and find pastures new. We live, we die… but we dream. We dream that we will achieve […]

Best Instagram Photos of Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen has to be one of the world’s best places to photograph I’ve been fortunate enough to live in many special places around the world over the years: France, Australia, many parts of the UK, and of course Denmark. Each and every one of these places has been special in one way or another. In […]

A photographer’s perspective of Shrovetide

What really happened when I went home to document the biggest game of football in the world? Although I couldn’t see it at that particular moment, somewhere up ahead a ball made of Portuguese cork was being fought over by hundreds of men. Their aim was simple: to release it from the ‘hug’ and get […]

Press Trip to Crete: Part Three

The mixed emotions of being a Travel Photographer Once again, olives reigned supreme on the fourth and final day of our Press Trip. I completely ignored them at the breakfast table, settling instead for some eggs and some sort of chocolate cake. My head was absolutely pounding from the night before and the lack of […]

Press Trip to Crete: Part Two

Long Days and Pleasant Nights At a height of 848m above sea level, Father Andreas’ Shepherd’s Shelter – known locally as a Mitato -sits on the slopes of Crete’s highest point, Mount Ida. Getting there with a hangover was not fun, and my drinking companions from the night before were feeling similarly delicate. As the […]

Press Trip To Crete: Part One

Strangers become friends thanks to alcohol The first time I ever tried Greek cuisine – it was goat’s cheese I remember – I had a thumping headache. I was about ten-years-old and my primary school class were doing a project on Ancient Greece, so we were very lucky to be tasting such an exotic variety […]

A job offer I really really wanted

However you earn money to keep your business going, never lose sight of your goals Over the past few years I’ve learned a great deal about running a business and adapting my photography skills to different genres and clients. I’ve never classed myself as a wedding photographer, for example, but I found work as one […]

10 tips for awesome autumn photographs

This blog post originally appeared over at matthewjames.dk Autumn: Mine and many other people’s favourite time of year. The food is amazing, the fashion and clothing gets more interesting, and the world becomes softer to photograph. But how can you make the most of this time of year with your camera and capture all the […]

Copenhagen to Crete, Part Two: An Aggro-Blogging experience

Long Days and Pleasant Nights At a height of 848m above sea level, Father Andreas’ Shepherd’s Shelter – known locally as a Mitato -sits on the slopes of Crete’s highest point, Mount Ida. Getting there with a hangover was not fun, and my drinking companions from the night before were feeling similarly delicate.   As […]

From Copenhagen to Crete

Why a late-November trip to the Greek island was just what the doctor ordered The first time I ever tried Greek cuisine – it was goat’s cheese I remember – I had a thumping headache. I was about ten-years-old and my primary school class were doing a project on Ancient Greece, so we were very […]

Danish Imports: The Psychologist and her son

Due to some technical issues we’re running a little behind here, so let’s get back on track with our Danish Imports exhibition from last year’s photo exhibition. Today we take a look at the life of Chilean Psychologist Paula and her son. Paula Cavada gives multiple reasons for moving from Chile in South America to […]

It's Marathon Time

You can’t really miss all the maps, posters and warnings that are dotted around the city at the moment. That’s right; it’s that time of year again where 12,000 people put themselves to the test and run for 26.2 miles. The Nykredit Copenhagen Marathon (to give it its official title) is without a doubt one […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Danish Imports – a photo exhibition

If you’re new to Denmark, and even if you’re not, you might be interested in my new exhibition taking place this evening (Wednesday 13th August) at Generator Hostel. Danish Imports aims to shine a different light on the many people who have in some way contributed to Danish society but were not born on Danish […]

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 […]

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 […]

Just a little room

“This isn’t a business, it’s a hobby,” says Leif Thingtved as he pours another fresh latte in to my cup. He lifts a plastic lid to reveal a selection of awesome-looking Danish pastries. “Croissant?” Space is a bit tight at Hotel Central and Cafe in Copenhagen. So tight, in fact, that I’m forced to take […]

A touch of vintage

Finding something stimulating to do in Copenhagen over winter hasn’t been tough exactly, but of course it seems to get harder as the weeks draw on. At this time of year, finding events to take pictures of has been equally challenging, as most organisers and promoters use the dark nights and cold weather to plan […]

Does networking have to involve alcohol?

Networking in any profession is extremely important. Getting out there and meeting new people is the cheapest and most effective way to promote yourself and your services, and when you combine this with moving to a new country then the benefits increase. I was straight on it when I first moved over to Denmark and […]

If I hadn't have met…

When I was 17 I worked in a hotel on the edge of the beautiful Peak District in England. Was I a chef; a sous-chef, maybe; a waiter or a gardener? No I’m afraid none of those glorious positions could be called mine; instead my job was to wash pots, clean the chimney, and every […]