Nate Mathews | Chicago IL, USA

Short bio…

Nate Mathews is a Chicago based artist, photographer, sculptor, and educator. Mathews photographic images examine the response people have to poorly designed architecture and how they try to alleviate the predicament. He received a M.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago in 2008. He teaches photography as an Assistant Professor of art at Northeastern Illinois University.

You shoot film because…

I shoot with a 4×5 field camera because I work with architecture and it allows me to perfect my images in ways that most digital cameras can not. I enjoy the experience of looking at the ground glass and composing an image. I appreciate the time it takes me to setup and think about the perfect position, height, and distance I should make the image at. Finally, I shoot film for the quality. I feel that my work needs to be printed large, and 4×5 film allows me to go larger than digital capture.

Your photography feels like…

My photography has a poignant feeling that comes both from the quality of film particularly how it captures light and color in low light situations, but also from the way that I edit my film scans. I don’t feel like I get the same results with a digital captured file.

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