Brushstrokes: Michael Matti and the Indiana Bicentennial Relay

By: Emily Lehner

Michael Matti is known nationally for his photography. He is a 2013 IWU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Photography. Originally from Indonesia, he now lives in Seattle, Washington. He practices his 10497124_10204730686126949_2443053335294817858_ophotography full-time. Matti has shifted from commercial photography to weddings and now he shoots mainly adventure and travel photography.

“IWU helped me discover my passion for photography,” said Matti. He was completely new to photography when he entered the major, and settled on it after switching four times. Currently, he puts what he was taught to good use by capturing beautiful landscapes. He has an eye for sunsets, mountains, and forests. Matti has done work for Camelbak, The Outbound Collective, and many more companies. He keeps a blog on his website,, about his travels.

Matti believes the people in his major became some of his closest friends. “I had a great time at IWU. One of my biggest memories is all the hours spent in the dark room with my fellow Photography majors,” he stated.

Social media is one of Matti’s biggest platforms for sharing the Gospel. He typically shares his pictures along with Bible verses. He said, “You never know who is reading and this lets people know I am a Christian, which opens doors for when I travel with others.” One of Matti’s photographs of a classic Indiana sunset and cornfield was recently chosen to be shown on the Bicentennial stamp for the state of Indiana.

indiana-bicentennialThe Indiana Bicentennial Relay will travel across Indiana and the downtown Marion rally gathering will feature Michael Matti’s Bicentennial Stamp as the torch passes by along with music and speaker that feature the IWU Jazz Ensemble and Masters Praise. The rally will be held on September 28 throughout the afternoon.

The Bicentennial Relay will pass by the IWU Marion Campus (Adams Street) between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28. Spectators should gather near the east entrance (Adams Street) as the procession passes by.


Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at


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