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Art & Life with Christina Mata

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Mata.

Christina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
A unique story? I don’t really have a unique story. My love for photography mostly stemmed from my dad. He was very much into photography when I was younger. I remember seeing him set up his equipment for portrait shoots and cleaning his camera all the time, all the rolls of film he would have, always keeping them in the refrigerator. He had this medium format camera that was just so intimidating to me and a little worn out green notebook that he’d written in all of the camera and light settings he’d work with. I actually have it now and look at it sometimes, almost like a little reminder for me in a way. Probably something that I will keep of his forever. So as I got older and the more I learned about photography, my love and appreciation for it just grew. I had picked up my dad’s camera one day, and started taking pictures. I fell in love with the art of it. Every style, color, black and white, everything. There was not one thing that I don’t love about it, just the idea behind taking a photo and capturing a moment forever.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve always wanted to capture emotions, like speaking without actually talking through photographs. I try my best to capture that where I can, some kind of storytelling in a way, but that’s not always the case with my work. I’m very fond of portrait photography and that is what most of my images consist of. It’s mostly all over the place but that’s also what makes it unique in a way. If you walk away feeling some type of emotion from my photography, whether it’s good or bad, I’ve done my part.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I feel that artists, be it photographers, painters, writers, musicians etc…we each have the opportunity to show some sort of perspective. Perspective to show people in the world that, ‘Hey you’re not alone I get you’. To try and reach out to those who might see things a little too black & white, especially in todays’ political climate. I can only speak for myself, but my role as an artist I feel has developed given our circumstances, we have to opportunity to really say something…anything. If anyone were to come across a piece of art that can move them and show them how the world sees things differently, we all gain something.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I do post some of my work on my personal Instagram @chris_teener. Most of my photography can be found on my site,

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Christina Mata Photography

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