All Is Vanity by Charles Allan Gilbert

All Is Vanity by Charles Allan Gilbert

My name is Matthew W. Kennelly and I am a documentary photographer based out of Seattle, Washington. I'm a candid, black & white photographer with the occasional posed and/or color additions upon request. I am a proud black sheep of the trendy photography community. I aspire to be a successful documentarian with the influences of Dan Winters, Nate Kaiser, Noah Abrams, Mark Seliger, Eugene Richards, Luc Delahaye - to name only a few. I believe everyone has a story and many go untold. I am in this industry to provide what I believe everyone deserves - a voice. If you have a story you need help sharing - please reach out to me. If money is the issue, don’t let it be. We'll see what we can do. No story is too out there for me to document. I’ve done it all from weddings to funerals, championship games to natural disasters. Help me tell the stories that need to be told. If I need to travel to you, we’ll make it work.

A bit about me.

I am 22 years old & living in a little '59 red rambler named Amos. I have a one year old Boxer named Cassius, a 77’ Volkswagen Bug named Joe, and two motorcycles named Charles and Fort. I am the son of an entrepreneur and a free spirit. I flunked the only photography class I ever took my senior year of high school. I went to college to become a teacher but dropped out the first day. I volunteered at a school in Uganda when I was 18, giving me my first story to document, thus propelling me into my career of 4 years. I have 3 younger brothers whom I’m very close with. I’ve been writing music since 13, building furniture since 18, and tattooing since this year. I have experienced the pain of loss in many ways, but am learning to live the joy of grace in all ways. 

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