I am grateful and proud that the prestigious Monochrome Awards counted five of my photographs among the few to be awarded in their international contest.Read More
A little more than an hour after 🌅 the daystar rose high enough to crest the headlands above Rialto Beach and the first rays of light burst through the treetops behind me, alighting on this tree and lit the peak of this monolith.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME PHOTOGRAPH
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The sea stack, battered by storms, fell in 2016. I’m 99% sure that this is the only photograph of its kind- with the first rays of light illuminating the tree.
I set up camp in a nook just off the beach and then didn’t sleep a wink for the next twelve hours. We drank wine, cooked food, watched fireworks in far-off La Push and took photographs all night long.
I also captured “Halo,” an 8-minute long exposure of the moon and stars haloing the tree at midnight-ish. Four hours later “Moonlight Sonata,” - an orange moon setting in the V between two sea stacks that looks like a sunset with a sky full of stars. I owe Iron for that shot, I was almost catatonic from being cold and wet and tired and a little drunk in front of a blazing camp fire.
The next two days we hiked down the coast to second and third beach.
Best New Years ever.
Create what you love and love what you create. That goes double for me with “Nude 1” because this is @adventuresoflina. Fine art nude pieces have been on my to-do list for years but I haven’t been ready to create them until now. As I’ve grown in art I’ve learned a few important lessons that helped me to create this piece.📸
1.) Create with purpose. I knew I couldn’t just shoot a beautiful, naked lady and call it art. I wanted more. The same has applied to my landscape photographs, too. I can’t simply point my camera at a pretty landscape and press the shutter, regardless of how skillfully I press it. There has to be a reason, the frame has to share my voice.
2.) Inspiration is not created in a vacuum. If I sat in a dark room with my legs crossed and my fingers in a fancy pose my whole life I’d never have created anything. I might find my center, I might, but create from that place I will not. I learned that I need to gather inspiration then, more importantly, I need to curate it. Take only what I love from the works of others, compile them, dissect them, define their intangibles and then create only what I’ve discovered.
I kick the podium on this topic every time it comes up in one of my classes. Finally- I’ve listened to my own advice. I take my inspiration for most of my work, especially the color and the light, from paintings. With Nude 1, I also gathered form and composition. My portrait inspiration for this piece and others to come comes from painters like Ruben, Botticelli, Giordana, Caravaggio, and more the more modern Acencio. Photographer inspiration comes from Erik Almas, Dan Hecho, Brooke Shaden, and may others.
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Just because I’m using a camera doesn't mean you need to make a photograph. This idea has been rattling around in my head for some time but didn’t really come together until I read it on a share from Brooke Shaden. In one of his tutorials Erik Almas said, “You don’t make a photo, you create it,” taking Ansel’s statement about “taking” a photograph versus “making” one one step further.
When people see my landscapes they assume they are paintings. I take that as a compliment because it implies that they feel they are looking at art. Their assumption also implies that they don’t think of photography as art. In it’s purest form, photography is not art- it’s documentation. Photography is rarely practiced in it’s purest form, I’ve certainly never done it. Still, the consensus leans to photography being something apart from art. In Nude 1 I wanted to take a serious step away from photography and bring textures and abstract ideas into the frame with the dislocated cubes.
For me, the end process is always the print. The print allows me to take one more step in the artistic process: actually painting on the finished print. Nude 1 will be a full-size portrait, printed on a heavy weight, molded art paper such as Hahnemuhle Museum Etching or other photo rag. I think 45” or more. I think I will finish the printed piece with a clear acrylic paint added by hand with brushes. The result being, hopefully, a piece of artwork that is not questioned for the tools of it’s creation but instead simply appreciated (or not) for it’s content.
Model: Angelina Aho @adventuresoflina
Here's what I say Thank You for:
When I was "yay-high" I thought I was going to be a pencil artist. I wanted to draw comic books and live in stories. Something happened - life, puberty, the News channels... I don't know what, just 'something' and all that changed.
I didn't find a platform for creativity - a place to drain my energy - until I was halfway through my career in the military. I realize now that I was waay off course back then.
When I say Thank You, I'm thanking you for lending me the means to get here.
You know, Jim Rohn said that if you want to get ahead you've got to set a better sail, keep it maintained and stay sharp for course corrections. However, a ship doesn't vector without the wind and it sure as hell doesn't float without the water.
Thank you for being those things for me. Your patronage and your support enabled me to create the eight pieces laid out below.
Cheers to uphill journies- the view is always better as you go.
I just can't stop falling in love with her and Avendasora. I captured this in Seattle but it feels like far and away. Keep reading...
Tree of Fire is one of my newest creations this year and my first image in medium format. There's no going back for me.
It's the color of action. The color of love and the color of passion. It is the color or rage that blooms behind your eyes. It is the color of lust her hands leave on your thigh. It is the fire in a peace that's ready for war. It is the pounding of your heart ever more, ever more. Read more.
I have actually been practicing
being thankful. Admittedly, I'm bad at it. Bad at remembering to practice. Poor, even, at recognizing the gifts I have in plentitude.
I am thankful for... A) that you have opened this email- you're part of a slim 20% that do. & B) That, for a change, I won't be eating spaghetti at home and watching a movie this year. Though, it's been a 'thing' long enough to be considered a tradition by now.
While I won't be doing any sort of holiday sales this year I do have some things to look forward to for you.
AVENDASORA - I am in love with this new piece and I will be releasing it in email and social media on the 1st of December. Some of you may have seen previews of her already. She has me in a trance and is certainly this year's masterpiece.
DECEMBER 4TH, an inauspicious Monday, is about the cut off for ordering a piece for Christmas. After that, I'm not 100% positive that I will be able to get it to you by the big day, especially if you want it framed.
Buying Art Is a Conversation
It's a conversation between you and the art; between you and your significant other; between you and me. Let's have that chat! Feel free to
A) email me- firstname.lastname@example.org
B) call or text me- 808-321-8643
C) let me take you out for a drink of a coffee
D) find me on Social Media Fb Instagram
• btw, if I've disappeared from your insta channel it's because I went ahead and grew up and changed my handle from @fotofighter to @realjasonmatias Check out the grid from my insta feed below.
Some new bits on the website:
Brand new SQUARES. These are 12x12, open edition accent pieces that you can mix and arrange any way your heart desires. There are almost 60 of them now. They are organized by Landscape, Clouds, Water, Black and White, and Abstract. You can buy them directly from the SQUARES page.
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