Morning GloryMy name is Matthew Potter. I am a husband of 1, father of 2, grandfather of 4, brother of 5, brother-in-law to 6, uncle to many.  By day, I am the Director of Development and Stewardship for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne.  Over the last 6 years or so, I fell in love with photography as a form of artistic expression.  This came about from purchasing a DSLR for a trip to Kenya in 2009.  This was much more camera than I was photographer, and it never left the auto setting.  I toted the camera around the Diocese of Cheyenne, i.e., the entire state of Wyoming, in my travels for work, shooting pictures of our bishop, priests, parishioners and churches.  In 2013, I took a class with professional photographer Dan Ballard.  This was a huge step in my development as a photographer and an artist, and I learned more about my camera and composition in 4 days than I had in 4 years.

I love taking shots of Wyoming – the people, the landscapes, the artwork.  More than anything else, I love taking shots of my family.  I know that’s not terribly interesting to anyone but me and my family, but children are amazing subjects and my family is just the best.

This blog is about my 365 project.  This means that each day, for the next 365 days beginning on November 7, 2015, I will be adding a picture and a blog post.  Sometimes it will be about the picture, sometimes not.  The purpose is to help sharpen my creative skills by forcing me to work on my shooting and my writing each and every day.  Dylan Thomas became one of the greatest poets ever in part by writing 4 hours every day.  The consistency and discipline modeled after Thomas will help immensely.

Since that inauspicious beginning with the new camera in 2009, I have shot more than 70,000 images.  Many (most) of them are junk, and I don’t believe they will ever see the light of day.  There are some that astound me, as in “I can’t believe I pulled the trigger on that!”  I love to share those with family, friends, and on Facebook.  I also use my images in all the marketing material for the Diocese and for the Wyoming Catholic Register.

This project is different.  I don’t have any illusions that there will be 365 great shots here, but I am willing to bet that some will be pretty good.

Thanks for joining me in this adventure.  Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think, either about what I shoot or what I write.

May God continue to bless you always!



5 Responses to “About”

  1. Ingrid Borah Says:

    Go for it. Before they did away with film, I spent many hours with a Pentax K1000 shooting flowers. I found so much peace and joy in this, I don’t have it down with my Canon digital camera. Too quick. Maybe you can help me regain the interest again. I can go places on Casper Mountain where no one thinks to go and capture such beauty!


  2. Kathi Chvilicek Says:

    You never cease to amaze me. I am looking forward to this new adventure.


  3. Linda Marko Says:

    Look forward to seeing your work.


  4. Dan King Says:

    Very cool Matt!


  5. vincent mockensturm jr Says:

    You go Matt….. I love the notion of forming creative skills. I once heard a musician say that writing was 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. I bet that widom apply to any art. I am certain that you are up for that, i am.
    See you soon I hope. God bless.


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