Personal Work

Tony Passero - Teaser Trailer by Matt Treager

Last fall I started production on a personal doc following the prolific and talented artist, Tony Passero, whose work can be found all over the neighborhoods and parks of Chicago. Due to some delays and city bureaucracy, the doc had to be postponed and remains unfinished. But I pressed forward and cut a little teaser trailer for when it picks up again.

To learn more about Tony and his art, stay tuned or visit him here -

Music - Home by Dustin O'Halloran

Cyclocross by Matt Treager

New project! I went to document the Chicago Cross Cup series finale a few weeks ago and had an absolute blast at my first race. If you don't know what cyclocross is, you could say it's a road bike race that goes off-road, with a healthy dose of steeplechase thrown in.

Add to that the pure, vomit-inducing torture of slogging up and down a muddy/sandy course with the crowds playfully heckling you to ride faster, you can kind of get an idea of the craziness that is cyclocross.

There's also a healthy dose of drinking done by the riders in the slower, slightly less competitive races. And thankfully, the crowds take care of all your "hydration" needs!

You can view the full gallery here:

Testing...testing...testing... by Matt Treager

Working on some slow motion tests for an upcoming doc series on athletes and their passion. This time my talent was the superb DJ Bennett, who's about to jet off to Australia to play some pro ball.

I didn't capture near enough footage in the time I had (that's why it's a test, right?), but thought I'd share a quick edit nonetheless. Enjoy!

Song: Ghostwriter - rjd2 (

Angeline - July 2015 by Matt Treager

Even though most of my commissioned work lately has been video, I've been itching to get back into the studio and work on some portraits. Something I've noticed that is lacking in my book has been female portraits, so I'm starting to line up some shoots to change that. This will hopefully be the first of many more to come.

A quick look from last night's shoot with our wonderful friend, Angeline. More to come as soon as the edit is done!

Angeline / Chicago, IL / July 2015

Angeline / Chicago, IL / July 2015

Bakken Outtake by Matt Treager

I'm finally finding some time to put a few personal projects to bed. I've been sitting on these pictures from the Bakken for almost 3 years now... it's about time I get them out the door.

A quick outtake from an update to my project People of the Bakken, about the lives of the people living in the thick of one of the largest domestic oil booms in America. In the photo above, Brian Haugen's truck is pulled off to the side of the road, waiting for me to finish taking some photos. He and his wife Margie were instrumental in making this project happen, and showed me so much hospitality and warmth. I remember turning around to head back to the warmth of the truck, and was taken with the way it looked so solitary on the deserted road. It won't make the final cut, but wanted to share anyways. More updates to come (I promise for reals this time...)