This week marks the opening of Pacific Coast Gallery in Hermosa Beach, which will officially open on Friday, May 26. The gallery, located at 205 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, CA will feature large format, limited edition landscape photos from the South Bay and around the world by photographer Matthew Welch. As many of his images are over 50,000 pixels wide, they can be printed at high resolution at extremely large sizes. As visitors enter the gallery, they are first greeted by a 9 foot wide photo of the Manhattan Beach Pier, and they can find their way at the back of the gallery to a 15 foot wide photo of an LA sunset and lifeguard tower.
Beyond these large format landscape photographs, Matthew is perhaps best known for his Flows, which have won Best in Show twice in the past few months, at both the Water + Wood and the Human^Nature art exhibitions in Hermosa Beach. To shoot a Flow, Matthew photographs one viewpoint of a scene repeatedly, documenting the flow of the day as it passes, and then composites 12 images into a single image. His first book of Flows, Just Another Day, has been published in 6 languages. To shoot a Flow, Matthew will typically shoot over 1,000 individual shots of a scene. In the case of his Strand Flow, Matthew shot the same scene 100,000 times over 18 months, and edited these down to the final 12 images. The Flows are a team effort, and Matthew's partner and wife Monica, with her background as a fashion photography editor, is instrumental in helping with the editing of the images. In addition to The Strand Flow, Flows from Morocco, Mexico, China, Japan, Vietnam, Guatemala, Peru and Colombia are also available at Pacific Coast Gallery.