Regan Mathews, better known as Ta-ku which means 'me and myself' in Maori, is an artist in all regards. A musician, curator, creator and now a photographer, the Perth-born Mathews has been making waves in all his creative endeavours.
Although he had a relatively late start to photography, Ta-ku has quickly found his style and identity in the competitive world of photography
"For a long time - about a year before I bought my first camera - I was just kind of messing around on my iPhone. I hadn’t really experimented with photography but I’ve always had a passion for it, and that concept of “catching a moment” always seemed really special. Then I hit a point where the iPhone just wouldn’t cut it, I would see a lot of photographers who are friends of mine that were taking amazing shots and had amazing cameras and were just killing it, and that’s when bought a camera." said Matthews.soyjournal.com
By adopting street photography, Ta-ku has found his niche and it shows through his melancholic, abstract and beautiful photos
With over 180k followers on his Instagram account @takubeats, he has a distinct way of arranging his photos in a uniform pattern which aids the storytelling
Like these photos of people commuting during peak hours, look at all the tired faces...
... and of a rainy day in the streets of Shibuya, Japan
His photos certainly encapsulate the hustles of our daily lives very well
A fan of people-watching, Ta-ku travels the world and captures people in their natural environment - like this series of photos of tourists posing in front of a museum in Toronto
He takes the idea of 'capturing the moment' very seriously...
Aside from street photography, Ta-ku's impressive portfolio includes editorial for clothing brands
He has a knack for cityscape photography too - notice how his signature gloomy and low-saturation filter is utilised in all of his photos
Ta-ku's latest project comes in a form of a text-free photography book titled 'No.Sleep - Nihon'
NO.SLEEP is the latest project by the multi-talented Ta-ku and his long-term collaborator Repeat Pattern. The concept will see Ta-ku and Repeat Pattern photographing cities around the world, each over a 24 hour period. The 24 hours is then presented in a text-free book that is published by Capsule. First in the series is NO.SLEEP NIHON which was shot in November 2014.capsulestore.com.au
Interested? You can purchase the book here.
Ta-ku currently has over 180k followers on Instagram. He uploads photos throughout the week, with an average of 3k likes per post.
Follow Ta-ku here for more street photography.
Also, you could check out some of his music here - it's as good as his photos