It’s a job title that sounds on par with an intergalactic planet hopper, and the reality of the role isn’t far off either; travelling around our planet, discovering it’s most beautiful far flung locations, and capturing it to share with the rest of us comparatively untalented earthlings.

Meet Matthew Vandeputte…

Can you provide a quick background of who you are and what you do?

I’m a Belgian timelapse and hyperlapse cinematographer based in Sydney. I create visually engaging and unique content for ad agencies, brands, destinations and tourism boards.

What inspires you to pursue time-lapse photography?

I remember seeing a timelapse short film on Vimeo years ago and my jaw dropped. I was hooked from the first few seconds and had to know how it was done. Years of experimenting and improving later now I’m here with a full time freelance career as a timelapse photographer.

What projects are you’re most proud of?

In November 2014 I travelled to the Himalayas with Untitled Film Works for a Canon produced TV show about photographers. This eventually aired on National Geographic channel, one of my bucket list achievements!

What gear to you use?

I started out with basic Canon gear all those years ago and have stuck with the brand since then, Now I’m heavily invested in their glass and just got the new 5DSR DSLR, love it! For tripods I use the Italian brand Manfrotto and for motion control gear I have US based Kessler Crane sliders and motors. All this goes in or on my Lowepro bags!

What has been your favourite place to adventure and film so far in Australia?

The Northern Territory left a mark on me, I can’t get it out of my head ever since I went there a few months ago for a social media campaign trip (the hypermeet) and can’t wait to go back to shoot more content and experience nature out there. It’s a brutal and raw environment out there with so much history and culture!

Do you have a dream destination in Australia that you’d love to photograph?

I would love to go to Darwin and shoot a project there that I’ve had in my mind for well over two years now. I think it’s about time I pitch it their tourism board 🙂

For We are Explorers followers who would like to try this, what do you recommend they do?

Get a tripod and a remote for your camera and just go out and shoot! I have gotten plenty of people hooked on this hobby and every single one of them has thanked me for it. It opens up a new world, a new perspective to what you experience every day. It’s very addictive and easy to do (tutorials a plenty online!)

Where can our readers find more of your work?

My youtube channel (www.bit.ly/MatjoezSubscribe) is filled with content/tutorials/behind the scenes/video blogs etc and the number one place to go if you want to see more. If you prefer an easier to access platform that you can casually scroll through I recommend instagram www.instagram.com/matjoez. My website is www.tjoez.com.

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