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Holladay’s Matthias Busche ‘shoots from the hip’ to capture beauty all around

May 02, 2019 01:57PM ● By Lindsey Baxter

“Moab Anniversary Trip.” (Courtesy of Matthias Busche)

By Lindsey Baxter | [email protected]

What inspires you?

Do you follow your dreams or let life get in the way? 

What skills do you have that others may not know you have?

Matthias Busche follows his dreams and uses his love and skills of art to create beautiful masterpieces. Not only is he an artist, but he has a secret talent that many may not know. “I consider myself to be an experienced sailor. I’ve been sailing off and on since I was 6 years old, mostly in Europe where I grew up,” Busche said.

The Holladay Arts Council recently named Busche its Artist of the Month. 

Busche is inspired by the beauty all around, by colors and light, and passionate people who are not afraid to show who they are. “I feel inspired to photograph more women. Women that are willing to show their vulnerability and power inspire me. I like to capture them more and share it,” Busche said.

Busche is not a photographer who likes to plan ahead and set up all sorts of props and lights. He’d rather just shoot “from the hip” so to speak — candid and impulsive, be it landscape or city or urban photography, it doesn’t matter. 

“Even when I am shooting with a person, I’d like to bring out the spontaneity of the moment and person I am capturing. I also love to edit my photos, ‘exploring’ along the way of what style of editing might be best suited to the particular subject matter,” Busche said. He loves to photo mostly what he finds around him as he sees it in the moment. What he loves about shooting people is how they react when they see themselves in a different way than they normally do.

Lavender. Day (Courtesy of Matthias Busche)


Busche was born and raised in a very blue-collared city called Dortmund, Germany with his three siblings — two brothers and one sister. He comes from a very artistic family. His grandfather on his father’s side was an architect and art collector of famous paintings, mostly from the German Romantic period. 

But because he was trying to make his living during the depression, his architecture career had to take a backseat to another, more in demand trade: printing and publishing. That is where Busche’s father and Busche learned to be a graphic artists and lithographers. “I later studied graphic design and photography in college and graduated with a BA in graphic design. In addition I had other relatives that were architects or artists,” Bushce said

Busche enjoys being with his family, especially his children (he has seven, all of whom are adults except one) and his wife, who is also his best friend and support. “Her love for art is a huge support in what I enjoy doing. I like being outdoors in various ways, sailing or driving through the countryside in the summer in my convertible. I also love to follow my favorite soccer team from Germany,” Busche said.

If you are interested in any of Busche’s pieces of art, please visit his website at or his Instagram @krautcreative.

To nominate an Artist of the Month, email [email protected]