Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, at 8:08 PM Wellington, New Zealand Time
Artista: Mattanaw, Christopher Matthew Cavanaugh
Seer of many fine arts, of the Smithsonian Institution and Musea since youth, &c…
Former Chief Architect, Adobe Systems
Current President/Advisor, Social Architects and Economists International.
The Artist’s museum chapters are dedicated to displaying finer pieces of art it5 produced. The larger Book and Journal includes the writings and autobiographical albums of media which are intended to provide a more comprehensive coverage of the life of the artist and author. Materials which are designated as special productions of artistic interest and value are here included in the museum, and if photographic in this section relating to cameras.
I am willing to alternate between referring to myself as “I”, “It”, “the Artist”, and “Mattanaw”, and other names without much discomfort. There are teachings concerning choice of “person” but these were taught without mastery. In conversation one has artistic flexibility.
Photographs here are produced using a variety of camera types. I was trained in photography first using what is called a “pinhole” camera, which is a handmade camera with a small hole to let light in, and photographic paper to chemically react to the light. The hole had a cover of tape on top, which blocked the light. Once that tape was removed, however, it functioned like a shutter, and suddenly allowed light to fall upon the paper, creating the reaction resulting in a photograph. The time of the exposure was longer than the time usually used for normal everyday photography, and more like what is desired for blurring effects or for capturing night-time photographs.
Later, after this experience, I did normal photography with film, and did the conversion from negatives to paper photographs in a light room. In the light room I would use various chemicals and pieces of equipment that would pass light from the negatives downwards to differing sizes of paper with chemicals on the surface. They would be further washed with chemicals, and if desired, filters would be included in between to create effects. This is the process of creating paper photographs from film that is not ordinarily seen by people who took photographs using film, and more advanced than simply creating photos in a photo shop. In this training many possibilities were created from moving from a hole in a camera to a final print result, with many artistic possibilities along the way.
I have owned a number of cameras which resulted in the materials in this photographic museum, like any museum which would exhibit photographs from a number of professional photographers using different tools an techniques. I was Chief Architect of Adobe Systems, a software company that created the premier software tools used by digital artisans who are doing digital work in addition to any work preceding digitization. At Adobe Systems my role was primarily to architect solutions for storage and final delivery of resulting productions for optimal experiences of audiences. So I’m very aware of the range of tools available, and have used many of them myself to produce what is here included in my own exhibits in my museum.
My current camera of choice is a medium format camera which is a larger digital camera than what is normally used even by professional photographers. It is a Fujifilm GFX 100s. At the moment it is the largest digital camera that can be purchased without moving to home-built or home-assembled hardware equipment. It is current and not an older model, as of early 2023. The current price of this camera is approximately $7,000 USD, and over $10,000 NZD. I have two lenses currently. A 45mm to 100mm lens which was $4,000 USD, and a 100mm to 200mm lens which was ~3,000 USD. The total setup is about $14,000 USD. This is for my professional photography setup, which is, of course, not all that an artist can use. I will use anything down to a pinhole camera made from trash materials. I encourage my audience and spectators to think they can employ anything they like for the creation of artworks, which may be images stored in brains or images stored on media.
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