Matthew Broadhead’s third great-grandfather Frederick William Broadhead was an artist and photographer based in Leicester during the late 19th century, and this is where Matthew has made new work, in the ancient Charnwood Forest.
His great-grand father captured the romantic landscape including Bradgate Park, Ulverscroft Priory ruin and the slate quarry in Swithland Wood, and these features of the landscape still exist today. Using large format camera equipment, Matthew recorded the wider landscape of Charnwood Forest and referenced the geology, fossils, landscape, wildlife, human activity, human influence, social history, stories and folklore of the landscape.
He has photographed people that participate in the landscape to focus on its use today, their understanding of place and history and their motivation for using the land.
Matthew Broadhead is a British photographer based in Southwest England (b.1994). In 2016, he graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography program at the University of Brighton and gained sustained recognition for his body of work A Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth. A Space for Humans was featured in The British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper*, The Exposed Issue 2 and Fisheye Vol 1.
Matthew has also been selected as a winner for awards from Magnum, Photoworks and Organ Vida. In late 2019, he graduated from the new MA Photography course at UWE Bristol with a new body of work titled The Sleeping Photographer. Matthew’s practice is an engagement with photography as a critical medium and explores conjunctions between different subjects, notably geology; anthropology; history; folklore and mythology.
Image Credit: by Matthew Broadhead