Artist Statement: Jason Matias is an artist and photographer from Washington. His voice can be seen in his images of "comfortable isolation" from the Pacific Northwest, Europe, and North Africa. Having left art behind as an adolescent to pursue more "realistic" goals he reconnected with art through photography as a means to share his experiences with his family while he was traveling in the military. It has since bloomed into what he displays here today. Jason relates, "I want to capture beauty, create beauty, and inspire beauty. I want to captivate, and engage; to learn, teach and learn from teaching. I think that these qualities are what professionals and leaders aspire to and develop for. I also think that these are the values I have towed with me since adopting the core values of the Air Force, specifically “Excellence In All We Do.” I deeply appreciate this opportunity to work hard on this dream and am grateful that you have spent a few moments to read about me."
I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my to-do list. I’ve visited a fair bit of the world, though, witnessing it with the slight disposition of a New Yorker. The New Yorker in me was pummeled and reshaped during my first years in the military. A fast-talking, ‘arrogant’ (my accent made people automatically assume this), overachiever, was not received well in a group mostly comprised of less urban people. I was young, and I learned, and I traveled, and I relearned, and now all of the above is a habit. When the habit fades I know it is time to move again. Along the way, I learned first the camera, and later the pen. Today I carry both and they war with each other for my attention.
Photography began as a means of solving the “no picture, no proof” argument when I used to do solo backcountry hiking in Alaska. I was stationed at Eielson AFB at the time. Since then it’s bloomed, wintered, and bloomed again. I now define my photography within two distinct veins: Comfortable Isolation and the Personification of Nature. I have been slowly massaging the craft of being a cameraman into a vision that is wholly my own.
Awards & Recognition
2013 Hawaii Photographer of the Year
2013 Every Hero of Humanity by the Everyday Hero Project
Published 3 times in National Geographic 2014, 2015
Finalist in Nat Geo Traveler Contest 2015
Finalist in Weather Channel’s It's Amazing Out There 2015, 2016
Named Top 100 Night Sky Photographers by Space.com 2014, 2015
Named Top Artists To Watch For 2015 by Art Business News