The Curious Lens Podcast with Matthew Cicanese

Join explorer and wildlife photographer Matthew Cicanese as he shares stories in curiosity from around the world and how these experiences ultimately shape who we become.

New Stories Every Week!

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Meet Matthew

Matthew Cicanese is an award-winning fine art wildlife photographer and National Geographic Explorer who lives and works in the greater Tampa Bay area. 

Each of Matthew's stories is imbued with a sense of childlike fascination that invites you to dive deeper into the details and playfully explore. Engrained in all of his work, you will find the themes of wonder and curiosity.

His career in art and photography began in his formative years at the age of 14 (2005), and in 2015 Matthew's professional journey began following Duke University's MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. Since then, he has continued to tell stories that illuminate Earth's details and inspire curiosity. His experiences and creative direction culminated with Matthew's first solo exhibition at Tampa International Airport, titled 'Earth Up Close.'

Matthew's artwork has been shown and exhibitions worldwide, including the Natures Best Photography exhibition and London's Royal Geographical Society as a finalist for the 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards. In addition to private venues and events.

His photography has been featured by Canon, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, Smithsonian Magazine, and BBC Earth Online (among others). In 2021 Matthew was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 for Art and Style.

About the Show

My Journey Through Creativity

Come with me from the very beginning of my journey, through all the twists and turns involved in the wonderful world of storytelling.

Strategies for Strong Storytelling

Learn everything I know about transmuting creative ideas and stories into successful projects with confidence. 

An Adventure in Audio

Sensory storytelling sits at the core of how I see and navigate the world. This show presents stories in a way that brings your creativity to life through sound.


"The Curious Lens is wonderful & magical!
I can feel Matthew's love and passion for what he does.

It's beautifully made and very authentic.
I love the pace of how Matthew pulls us in.

He's a natural storyteller with many superpowers,
and I can't wait for the next episode!"

Anat Rodan

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"The music... the flow... your voice...

I felt that I went on a journey as I listened.

Thank you, Matthew.

I'm looking forward to the next episode! "

Wanda Salas

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"It's so good."

Ali Pineda

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"I love Matthew's voice.
It's so calm and encouraging.

Hearing his Mom describe him in the hospital
brought back many hard memories for me.

It is usually the hard things that stretch us to grow,
and I appreciate how he shared that in his story.

I'm looking forward to the next episode – well done!"

Cynthia Minoli

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"Matthew's storytelling skills are exquisite!"

Alaina M. Dorsey

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“Very well done; this is NPR quality!

I can't wait to hear more!” 

Jim Caldwell

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"What a great first episode!
I look forward to many more.

The sound bed quality is first-rate!
Even more impressive is his
attention to detail in a well-told story.

I'm thankful Matthew has brought
his voice & message to the audio sphere!" 

Brian W. Sykes

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When do new episodes release?
  • New episodes will be released every week on Fridays as of right now.
  • If that changes we'll be sure to let everyone know!

What kind of microphone do you use?
  • I use a Large-diaphragm condenser microphone for studio-quality sound.
  • The specific model is the "Baby Blue" Bottle Mic by BLUE.
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