The great hills of the South Country
They stand along the sea;
And it's there walking in the high woods
That I could wish to be . . .
from 'The South Country' by Hilaire Belloc
This website is about Sussex. It’s an extraordinarily varied county. Having lived here for over 25 years, I’ve hardly begun to explore it.
I've been photographing my world since dad gave me a vintage medium format camera as a young boy. It didn’t last very long - one day I decided to take it apart with a screwdriver 'to see how it worked' - but it was the start of a lifelong passion.
Since then I've worked in nature conservation and project management, ran a coffee shop and even pastored a church - photography has been a continuous thread that has strung these various activities together.
I hope my photographs give you a taste of this special bit of England. There's also a gallery of some of my commercial work, most of it shot in Sussex of course. Do give me a call (contact details below) if you’d like me to work on your photography project, whether in Sussex or beyond.
Matthew J. Thomas
Awards Since 2016
2016 - International Garden Photographer of the Year
• Commended, ‘Wildflower Landscapes’
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year
2017 - Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year