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Top Ten Photos of 2013

2013. Is. Over.

I realize that everybody has the same 24 hours and the same 365.2 days in the year but some people’s days go much faster than others and my year seems to not have happened at all.  BUT when I forget where my time went I have my top ten photos of 2013 to remind me.

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RAW Honolulu Photographer of the Year

RAWHonolulu Photographer of the Year

It’s difficult for me to think in such grand terms.  There are many and more photographers in Hawaii. Everyone I know knows a ‘photographer’ and I don’t mean me.  I don’t feel like photographer of the year when I know several colleagues who could have easily won in my place.

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It’s not my opinion that counts in this instance.  Thank You’s are due to all the people who feel that I deserve this award and rally behind me.

Winning photographer of the year for Hawaii puts me in the running for Photographer of the Year (period).  RAW:Natural Born Artists is an organization making it possible for stand out artists to actually stand out around their region and the country.  When all the city finalist showcases are finished there will be 54 artists in each category (there are nine) eligible for the title RAW ARTIST OF THE YEAR.  In my case, RAW Photographer of the Year, nation wide.  That does give me a tingle, I admit. I also admit that I think I can win.

I know that I have a leg up because I “live in paradise” but I have made concerted efforts toward separating my photography from the beauty of Hawaii.  I set out to shoot different every time I am in the field.  I sit on the beach, usually an hour before sunrise, and take in the landscape.  I imagine where all the photographers that will stroll in in the next hour are going to shoot and I cross those options off my list.  Or, I simply go where I expect to be alone.  The photo on the right is from Sandy Beach, on the south shore.  The one below is from Shark’s Cove.  Both are images that have never been produced.













I’ve always had this be different mentality but it really took root when I read a post from someone who had shared my image with another photographer they are fans of.  They said that my images are beautiful but that they are beautiful only because I am in Hawaii.  “If you were in Hawaii you would create amazing photographs.” Challenge accepted, every day.

My goal is to blend photography and art as seamlessly as possible.  Art is creation and photography, in all the far reaching styles, is documentation.  I want to move in the direction of Eric Alamas mixed with Peter Lik and little bit in the direction of Benjamin Von Wong.  I want to be a gallery artist and a commercial artist.  I want to take people’s imaginations and dreams and make them real. Along the way, I want to root out and create my own dreams which are theatrical and finely detailed.


Perhaps you can see some of these influences in the three images below.












Man on the Music.  Two time Grammy Award Winning artist, Dana Leong

Man on the Music. Two time Grammy Award Winning artist, Dana Leong

How does winning photographer of the year catalyze these goals.  Foremost, it makes them feel validated.  People believe in me.  That belief keeps me standing tall when the Reality Bus comes to run me over.  It comes often and there seems to be many volunteer drivers. It is my hope at this award will ad to my credibility as a photographer.  Perhaps it will be the tipping point for people who want to invest in my work or talent and drive me toward a sustainable career.  I hope that I can meet many more talented and successful artists willing to share their experiences with me and even collaborate on creative projects.

A year ago, when I began all this, I was hoping to recover the expense of my camera.  Today, while photography as a small business has become drastically more expensive then I imagined I am more invested spiritually than financially.  I look forward to representing Hawaii in LA at the national RAWards (I hope).


My top ten photos of 2013  ||  I took a photo for the President  ||  An awesome black and white waterfall  || The Last Light of 2013



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2013 RAWards and the Holiday Giveaway

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Aloha Everyone, 
Thanks to your help I am a finalist for Photographer of the Year! On November 30th we find out who wins! I am inviting everyone to join me and the other artists at “RAWards” for a talented night at The Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s. -Come help me celebrate my first year in photography!-Details1) Tickets are $15 online pre-sale, $17 the week of the event and $20 at the door.
2) All Ages are welcomed. 21 and over will be carded
3) Purchase tickets at www.rawartists.org/fotofighter
     (purchase icon is right above my portfolio in the center of the page next to “I Am RAW”) 
4) Bar and Food will be available. Food will be from Firehouse Food Truck (ono!)
5) Parking will be in Hawaiian Brian’s parking garage and will be validated, $1.25, for the night. There is plenty of parking.

I will have a small display but will be making the most of my space, rotating and presenting pieces Vanna White style! Be sure to stop by, I will be showing full edition size(30″ and 60″) images printed and mounted to acrylic. (check out my sponsor for the event: Lightjets Plus

Come see your favorite images at the showcase. I will be able to take orders for prints and deliver them before Christmas.

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You can follow the event on FB here to stay updated with the event.  

What else is new?

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New image of Ka’ena Point Arch is now available.  From now on, when a new image is released it will by 20% off for the first week of its release. Ka’ena Arch will be 20% until Saturday, 11/16.    link: http://jasonmatias.com/galleries/landscapes/

If Also,  if you’re not following my on Facebook there I am giving away one of these two prints and 5 2014 Calendars in a sweepstakes on December 1st.  Click on the picture to enter.  Share and “Like” my sponsor LightJets+ Printing for additional entries.  More about this giveaway here.

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If you can’t come to the show you can still support my photography here:http://goo.gl/saEVGX Anything helps!

Jason Matias
Artistic Landscape Photographer
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10 Best Photographs of Summer 2013

Top ten photos of Summer 2013

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