Matt Middendorf – aka, @cincymitt on Instagram.
Matt is the force behind the OhioToyKick and a photographer with an instantly recognizable style. He’s also one of the many toy-photographers I’ve come to admire. I found Matt during a ToyPops session and he was an instant follow for me!
It’s been a pleasure to watch Matt’s style develop, as well as watch the OhioToyGroup grow. I asked Matt to tell me his story and he obliged.
If you’ve noticed a theme developing here concerning the artists featured here, you’re correct. Originality, passion, modesty and the ability to speak to an audience through images are some of the qualities I’ve found that the artists I admire all possess.
Here’s Matt in his own words:
I began my journey into toy photography a couple years ago after stumbling across several photos on Instagram. I had resisted social media for a very long time until the women in my life suggested Instagram as a more visual and artistic alternative to Facebook. I was amazed at the content I found.
The passion and creativity that artist were putting into these “toy pics” just floored me. Then it hit me, I love photography and have a collection of toys just sitting on a shelf staring at me. I’m gonna give this a shot! Well, it fit like a glove.
For me, toyphotography is the perfect combination of art and pop culture. Other than music and my family, they are the two things I’m most passionate about. There’s a feeling I get when working with a concept/shot outdoors. It’s the same feeling I had at ten years old, lying in the grass setting up an epic battle between the plastic forces of good and evil. This feeling of nostalgia is no small part one the biggest joys that come from this medium for me. Aside from all this I think it’s also important to recognize the friendships, and amazing people I’ve come to know and love over the last few years. Artist who share the same passions as I do, and folks I’d never have met if it wasn’t for the world of toyphotography.
– Matt –
If you aren’t already following @cincymitt, Boba would like a word with you.