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Matt Bids a Fond Farewell to The Image Flow
Aug 12th 2014 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 19
Matt Schriock bids farewell to The Image Flow after 5 years

Photo © Taralynn Lawton

Five years ago, a young kid walked into The Flow. He wanted to do an 8×10 print. I don’t remember the subject of the print—it might have been of a horse—but I recall that it made an impression on me. When he came back to pick up his print, I asked him to show me some of his other work. It was excellent.

It was less than a year after we opened our doors and we were still at the old location, but we were already pretty busy. I told him that every now and again we could use some extra help and asked if he was interested in joining us. One thing led to another, and before we knew it, Matt was at The Flow every day.

Damien, our original printing guru, was getting married and preparing to take a three-month honeymoon. Matt had been groomed to fill Damien’s very large shoes, and took off in them at a run. In the years that Matt has been at The Image Flow, he has become an integral part of the business, both out in front serving customers, and also in the background. He and I have spent hours upon hours talking about strategy and how The Flow could work better and smoother on the floor, as well as technically. Not only did we build a strong employer-employee relationship, but he has also become a close friend.

So here we are five years later and Matt has recently gotten married, but instead of a three-month honeymoon, he’s relocating to the Los Angeles area. The move did not come as a complete surprise to me, but it is sad none the less. Matt will be dearly missed by colleagues and customers alike at The Flow—a great many people have become dependent on Matt’s expertise.

There is no question that Matt will leave a large gap at The Flow, but in my search for new talent, I was lucky enough to interview three wonderfully talented applicants. After multiple interviews, it was clear to me that I had found a wonderful addition to our team. Tony comes to The Flow with an extensive photographic background and an overall demeanor that will allow him to fit in very well here. He has many of the same talents that Matt has, but also brings with him new skills that I know many of our clients will find invaluable. I am confident that Tony will be able to more than fill Matt’s shoes, and we will do everything we can to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.

Join us Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm at The Image Flow to wish Matt the best of luck in his future endeavors and to welcome Tony to his new home!

—Stuart Schwartz, owner of The Image Flow

 

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, I recently married a beautiful mad scientist. And so, after five incredible years of working, learning, and creating with some of the most passionate and imaginative people I know here at The Image Flow, I am on my way to a new adventure in Los Angeles. In fact, my wife and I have already found a new home and are driving the first load down this week.

Over the past five years, I have seen The Image Flow grow. I remember when we started the “gallery” in the old Flow space, where we exhibited the work of photographers like Henrik Kam, Heward Jue, and Trish Carney. I witnessed Stuart’s ambitious resin projects, after which there was always a dry “puddle” on the floor. I learned how to be more awake than my students at our 5:30am sunrise shoots (maybe my most impressive feat to date) and keep the students at Tamalpais High School in-line at 8am.

My friends and colleagues here at The Image Flow have fed my travel spirit as I have printed their photographs from Africa, India, China, Europe, Antartica, and more. And I’ve helped send Image Flow prints to Paris, Washington, D.C., and Prague.

While LA will surely be an exciting place for me to take and appreciate photos, it will always be hard to top the flowers just outside of the Flow and I will truly miss hearing about all of your crazy travels and projects.

So what’s next for me you ask? Well, I don’t know yet. I might learn how to cook beans and rice like a true artist while searching for employment in the fashion world. Or maybe I’ll pick up some video compositing and or other visual effects skills. Hey—it’s Hollywood after all!

Wondering who to pose all of your urgent Photoshop questions to? Not to worry! There will soon be a new Matt in town. His name is Tony and he’s awesome. Come say hello to him in two weeks!

Farewell my friends, and keep shooting!

Sincerely,

Matt Schriock

 

Read a Q&A with Anthony Fendler, the newest addition to The Image Flow family.

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19 Responses

  1. Ann Buscho says:

    Dear Matt,

    Congratulations on your marriage–may you enjoy many wonderful years together. While this is a major life transition for you, I know that you will enjoy the adventures to come.

    I will miss seeing you at the Image Flow. It has been reassuring to know that you are there, and that I could turn to you for advice and counsel. I will be leaving in a few days for the Far East, so I will miss your farewell party, but I wanted to wish you all the best in you new life. The world is your oyster!

    Warmly,
    Ann

  2. Karen Kent says:

    Dear Matt, It’s always been a pleasure to bring my questions and photography puzzles to you so you can straighten me out. I came to look forward to taking classes with you or bringing one of my questions to you. I’ll miss your presence at Image Flow. Congratulations on your recent marriage and best wishes for a successful transition to this new phase of your life.
    Sincerely, Karen Kent

  3. Linda Winslow says:

    Matt and the mad scientist!
    Congratulations on your marriage and wishes for many happy years together.
    I enjoyed my learning sessions with you, especially photo-shopping and as it turns out, I am also moving to Southern Calif and would like to keep track of you. Arriving back in Los Angeles end of August with lots of photos from 7 months of traveling! Do you have a phone? or email?
    All the best,
    Linda Winslow

  4. jeanne strongin says:

    will totally miss your fun,funny,easygoing,always understanding my stupid questions presence at Image Flow but Amazing great news that you are starting out in a brand new life in LA with your new wife and i look forward to seeing a “Matt” show of pictures on the Image Flow walls in the future – best of everything to someone who always gave his best and nicest to everyone that flowed by

    jeanne strongin

  5. Dave LaDuke says:

    Matt –

    Congratulations and wow! You look all grown up. How fortunate you are to have found your beautiful mad scientist. May you make beautiful mad science, art, love and life together! It was an honor to receive your instruction. Keep it flowing!

    With appreciation,

    Dave

  6. keith silva says:

    Matt- CONGRATS on move south w/ mad scientist… For me, YOU were a real big BIG asset @ TheFlow: thanx for your help, thoughts & valuable presence over these past short five years… BonV doing fashion, or … ?! In my humble experience and opine your agile bedside manner will make you a grand success in whatever happens next in your life!!

  7. Nancy Torrey says:

    Matt –
    Best wishes on your new adventure – you will certainly find your way! Together with Stuart, you guided and fueled my interest in photography – I SO appreciate the patience and enthusiasm you demonstrated in and out of class. The demands of work and commuting curtailed my instruction at The Image Flow, but what you taught me continues to guide my work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I’ll be out of town on the 27th, so sorry to miss the party! Enjoy yourself, and accept your praises as I’m certain they will be plentiful and sincere.

    Nancy Torrey

  8. Kathleen Gaines says:

    Matt! Congratulations and warmest wishes for your unfolding future. I will miss your smiling face and will do my best to come by the farewell party! Kathie

  9. Judi Price says:

    Very best wishes to you and your wife. It’s been a pleasure knowing you this brief time.

  10. Cheryl Spence says:

    Matt! Wishing you happiness and success on your new journey. You are an absolute light, always so helpful and happy to be of service, sharing your many skills and extensive information freely. Hard to imagine anyone could replace you, but…if anyone can attract that person, it is Stuart.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the party. Until soon…xo!
    Cheryl

  11. Linda Connor says:

    I will miss you…There was always a smile on your face, you were always ready to lend a hand and you always seemed OK to re-tell me your name. Now that I have it squared away in my brain* you are leaving!
    Best of luck in LA and if it doesn’t suit you and your new bride please come back.

    All the best…
    Onward, Linda

    * ( After 40+ years of teaching the Rolodex of names gets really squirrely.)

  12. Matt,
    When you first walked in The Flow we saw a kid with a lot of talent and wall of shyness standing in the way of his greatness. As my time with you passed you blossomed… and as the years of your amazing service mounted, so did your skill, patience, intuition and most importantly your confidence.
    Not that my opinion counts for much, but I am proud of what you do and who you have become in the short time that I’ve known you.
    Be well, travel safe, enjoy your beans rice and ramen, and know that The Flow was eternally changed for the better because of you.
    Damien

  13. hi, matt. it’s been a pleasure working with you on my infrequent forays into fine-arts photography. i so enjoyed your enthusiasm, creative ideas, sense of humor, wide knowledge about cameras, and how to make my photos better. all best wishes as you move to the southland as a newly minted groom. — bernie weiner

  14. Rudi Dundas says:

    Dear Marvelous Matt!
    I am so happy for you and your new adventures… But I will miss your phantasmagoric printing and filmmaking skills so much… YOU ALWAYS MADE ME LOOK SO GOOD! Tony has talented shoes to fill. If there is ever anything I can do for you, after all the wonderful things you have done for me, please please just ask!
    Hope to see you down in LA. I do get down there from time to time and would love to keep in touch…
    Best of luck to you and your madly gorgeous bride!
    Rudi

  15. Markus says:

    Congratulations and all the best for the future! Markus

  16. Thank you for your help: teaching and print making. I’ve enjoyed working with you and appreciated your expertise. Wishing you happiness…and a great new chapter!

  17. Joan Moir says:

    I will miss working with you and most of all your “still water runs deep expertise”! If it were not for your love for the mad scientist, we all would feel such a loss but we are no match for the power of cupid’s arrows! Your happiness is ours as well.

    Congratulations . . . to you and Margaux. Wishing you both continued fortunate discoveries!!!!

  18. Wendy says:

    Matt,
    What am I going to do without you?!
    Do have a great life in the south land; congrats on your nuptials; you will be missed.
    I had hoped to make it to send you off tonight, but seems like everything is happening all in the same night!
    A toast to you: May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you ate dead.
    Okay , so I don’t know many toasts. Lol. But no less heartfelt
    My best to you.
    Wendy.

  19. Andi Hatch says:

    Matt! It had just occurred to me that I hadn’t seen you for awhile at Image Flow and found this post. You were always a friendly and so knowledgeable whenever I came in and you will be missed. Congratulations on your new adventure!

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