By Mike Hetu
Matthew keeps close watch over me while I photograph his apartment. He takes turns peering around corners and sliding out of view of the camera’s lens. He explains, “I like to do this thing where I make people uncomfortable, but also charm them at the same time.” I hesitate before responding. “I’m not uncomfortable, but I’m not charmed either.” Luckily Matthew laughs at my blunt response. As the photo shoot progresses, Matthew’s charm and the apartment’s charming curiosities grow on me.