WORKING AT BEDFORD Camera & Video in Little Rock, Matt Snider has seen it all. “I see people travel all over the world, and everybody takes pictures of the Grand Canyon. They take pictures of these big monuments—they take pictures of things that were almost designed to be photographed,” he says. But when it comes to Matt’s own photography, his approach is a little different. “I try to find these everyday mundane things that you would pass just going about your life that you wouldn’t think would be photogenic, and I try to make the mundane exciting.”

And how does he do it? Well, a lot of times, it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it’s a matter of getting caught in the rain at the end of a mostly fruitless day of shooting and turning down an unfamiliar road, just to see what’s there, and finding something extraordinary. Where others might just see a dry cleaner closed for the evening, Matt saw an explosion of luminous, vibrant color—a modest man-made structure at play with its environment, exhibiting both warmth and loneliness, simultaneously alive and inert.

But that point of view is worthless without capturing the moment. So what did Matt do?

“I just stopped in the middle of traffic and rolled the window down, used the window of the car as a tripod and took off.”