Welcome to Matthew Roderick's Gallery Site! Metro Detroit & Beyond!
Visual artist and multimedia designer exploring and investigating the human condition through photography. Browse through albums completed for a Master of Arts in Photography at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI documented between 2003 and 2006.
Member of the Visual Arts Faculty at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI, and Adjunct Faculty of Visual Communications at The Art Institute of Michigan, Novi. Course concepts include design technology, digital imaging and traditional photography.
With 2007 & 2008 came many changes including a newborn and relocation from Metro. A change of venue for continuous full-time employment, and additional teaching opportunities in southeastern MI.
2007-2008: Employed as a center director for an Ann Arbor community non-profit cooperative. Responsibilities included web design, monthly newsletters, cultural events, adult education courses, after school and teen programs, food distribution, grant reporting and computer administration.
2003-2007: Wayne State University Graduate - Master's of Photography
Visual experiences range from traditional/digital photo processes, historical photo restoration, drawing, image preparation/optimization, graphics, print publishing and web design for several on-line resources. Culture and traveling to new destinations around the world has molded a concentration of ideas.
I am interested in the changing post-industrial landscape of the Midwest, comprising largely of abandoned structures and spaces. These images speak to the contradiction of discarded spaces where land is considered a disposable commodity, while it is actually a limited resource. The by-product of this process of abandonment impacts populations marginalized by poverty, which continues the cycle of dislocation and interrupts a connection with the earth and a sense of place in the community.