Matthew Provoast, our co-host talks about his own fine art practices, a body or work “Dear Grandpaw”, and owning Light Gallery + Studio.
To kick off our new podcast, Light Conversations, where we talk about the arts and sit down for conversations with creative leaders in Grand Rapids, we thought we’d first let you get to know each of our co-hosts. In this episode, Holly Bechiri sits down to interview fellow co-host Matthew Provoast, co-owner of Light Gallery + Studio and commercial photographer specializing in weddings.
We get a chance to get to know another side of Matthew, his fine art photography, including the “Dear Grampaw” series, built off of found photos and ephemera Matthew discovered that his grandfather had saved from his time serving in the Vietnam War.
He talks about the power of making connections to his grandfather and learning more about the realities of the Vietnam War through finding these photos and letters, and working with them in creating his artwork. We learn his philosophies on storytelling in art, especially in photography, and uncover the reason he’s been able to start a freelance photography business, and now Light Gallery + Studio, with such success.