Matt Filar fell in love with photography over 30 years ago. In 2002 he finally left his long-time career in mechanical engineering to be able to pursue photography full time. He works in both color and black and white, with both medium- and large-format cameras, as well as in digital format. While his subjects are predominantly natural scenes, he also enjoys photographing interesting compositions and objects from bygone eras.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, he studied at Catonsville Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology, and while he has completed several classes in photography, he is mostly self-taught.
Matt has exhibited in many galleries, and his award-winning photographs are found in homes and businesses throughout the country. His work is available at several locations in Northern California.
Matt is a member of the Ferndale Arts Cooperative, Rotary Club of Arcata, Humboldt Arts Council, Northcoast Environmental Center, Sierra Club, North American Nature Photography Association, Redwood Empire Mensa, and serves on the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission.
He has lived on the north coast of California since 1977, and lives in Arcata with his wife, Tami.