Matya Shick is a photographer who was born in Kibbutz Urim, Israel, and attained an MA in Biochemistry from Tel – Aviv University. She specializes in artistic aerial photography of Israeli landscape.
Nature’s changes and its disappearance and renewal are topics that interest her as an artist who experienced some personal crisis. She chose the vantage point of aerial photography which she then ‘re-connects’ with the ground through imprinting on ceramic porcelain tiles, metal, and other materials.
The aerial photography is taken mainly from a light, twin-engine plane, Air Cam, which has been developed and adjusted especially for National Geographic. It has no canopy and is able to fly low and slow. The shooting is done while flying, without a tripod and in constant wind, so that my speed of reaction and a steady hand are vital.
Shick’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Israel and abroad, among them: B.P. Art, Tel – Aviv; Tel-Hai Museum of Photography; Einan Gallery, Modi’in;
Anne Julie Gallery, Denmark; Montefiore Gallery, Jaffa Art Salon, Venice Art Biennale, Venice; Saatchi Gallery, London; and in the Knesset, Israeli house of parliament.