These Five Things: Matt and Agnes Hage

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Matt and Agnes Hage. Self-Portrait on assignment in Nepal’s Khumbu Himalaya near Mount Everest

Looking at Matt and Agnes Hage’s travel photography gives viewers a sense of what a 19th Century explorer might have felt discovering an unknown land – awe, amazement, wonder. Looking at one of their images takes you back to a pre-youtube era, even a pre-TV era when the Natural World seemed fabulously foreign.  Matt and Agnes show us some classic old cameras handed down from Matt’s grandfather and some iconic old school travel books

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Matt and Agnes Hage have created a body of work that could be characterized as ‘extreme travel’ photography. The scale, the shapes, and the sheer unfamiliarity of their landscape photography makes you look at planet earth in a slightly different way. This is the first of a two-part interview, we will dig into their own work a little more on Friday.

1. A SHOT OF A SINGLE OBJECT THAT EXPRESSES A POWERFUL MEMORY/EVENT

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Matt Hage: A couple of my grandfather’s cameras left to me after his death. He wasn’t a photographer by trade, he was a logger in the Pacific Northwest, but rather the family documentarian. He had over a dozen different cameras, many of which I used for my class work in college. My grandparents often got me some sort of a camera for gifts and all of his photography equipment was passed down to me. I also have all of his hunting rifles.

2. AN IMAGE OF THREE BOOKS THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU

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Matt and Agnes Hage: Three books that have inspired us; Mountains of the Middle Kingdom by Galen Rowell, David James Duncan’s The River Why and Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie.

3. FAVOURITE PHOTO YOU HAVE TAKEN?

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Matt and Agnes Hage: Using our pack mules to ford a major river in the Andes. It’s from one of our first big projects overseas. We were there to climb the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya and produce photography for a major clothing/equipment client during the climb. It was a hell of an adventure and a really good time.

4. FAVORITE ARTIST/MOVEMENT/PHOTOGRAPHER/IMAGE-MAKER?

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Matt and Agnes Hage: Photographer Beth Wald’s work has been a source of inspiration from the beginning. We got to hang out with her in Boulder last spring. Closest thing to star-struck as I’ve ever been.

5. CAN YOU RECREATE THE IMAGE OF A SCENE FROM YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE FROM THE CONTENTS OF YOUR DESK/BAG

Matt and Agnes Hage

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