Harpenden photographer Matt getting in the picture

PUBLISHED: 14:54 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 06 May 2010

Matt Johnston in the studio

Matt Johnston in the studio

FREELANCE documentary photographer Matt Johnston is putting on his first solo exhibition in Eton this month. Matt, who comes from Harpenden and is a former pupil of Sir John Lawes School where he originally learned photography, is exhibiting throughout Oc

FREELANCE documentary photographer Matt Johnston is putting on his first solo exhibition in Eton this month.

Matt, who comes from Harpenden and is a former pupil of Sir John Lawes School where he originally learned photography, is exhibiting throughout October at the Rhubarb and Custard Gallery in the town.

Aged 22, Matt's exhibition is entitled West Texas and exhibits images from time spent in Midland and Odessa, two small towns in West Texas. The cookie cutter landscape, football religion and the people of the Permain Basin give a view of two towns in the middle of a desert.

While loneliness is the overriding response to the images, they never show the true expanse of Texas but focus on the middle distance.

Matt, who won the best photographer award at the Phoenix Media Festival, has been influenced by artists such as Jeff Brouws and Stephen Shore.

Further details can be found at www.mjohnstonphotography.co.uk

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