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 . . . *


High Woods Photography is about the English county of Sussex, from 2015 to the present. It documents the changing landscape and its wildlife; the people who live in the countryside and in the town, with photographs by Matthew J. Thomas.

Matthew has worked in nature conservation in Sussex for over 25 years, exploring the hidden corners of the High Weald and South Downs. He lives in Arundel, West Sussex, with his wife, Elaine, has one stepson and has recently become a grandpa, with two beautiful granddaughters.

In 2001, Matthew and Elaine founded a church in the East Sussex town of Newhaven. They were pastors there for 12 years, sharing their lives with the local people. Matthew continues to photograph this special community.     

* from The South Country by Hilaire Belloc



Matthew is available for commissions and has photographed subjects as diverse as large private gardens, luxury children's furniture and country families at home for a varied range of clients, including web sites (see for example The Beech Estate) and advertising.  For further information, please either phone or e-mail:

Phone: 07763 206030

E-mail: matthew@thehighwoods.co.uk


Prints of the photographs featured on High Woods Photography are available for sale in a variety of sizes and media. Please contact Matthew to discuss your requirements.