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Current Issue: Sobremesa

Within photography there is one goal that should be held above all others. In looking at the image, we should not only question does it evoke reaction, but through what means? Is a photo able to do more than paint with light, and does it convey enough to stand as a unique language we can speak through?

It is clear that photographs have become a language, unfortunately like spoken languages there are some things that require more effort than a simple translation. Words like this, known as untranslatable words aren’t actually an impossible task to translate. Rather we must work harder to try and define a single word through abstract ideas about what that means. Sobremesa is one of these words.

Sobermesa: On Translating Photographs takes what I have learned throughout this project. What I have discovered and presented of the series, of the pair, and finally of the surroundings within our images. Combining them for what is the culmination of this project and leaves the discussion open after it is done.


About Serif & Silver

Serif & Silver is a quarterly film photography journal produced and published by Nate Matos. Each issue introduced with a short essay of thoughts on art, film photography, and the ideals that photographers hold close. This essay translates to the overarching theme and supports the photographs inside. A total of four issues will be released, each coming out quarterly beginning in June of 2015, beyond that who knows.

Alongside each issue, select items from Nate’s personal collection will be available for sale as well. These items include One of One releases, limited edition prints, and physical goods related to the theme at hand. Visit the shop below to see what is currently on sale. All related items are limited to stock on hand and will not be re-introduced to the catalog.

All money raised through Serif & Silver goes to its continued production, as money is scarce within print media this publication is done for the love of both photography and the printed photographic collection. Because of this, your support in purchasing not only the issue, but additional items available in the shop will help keep it running. Serif & Silver will never resort to a crowd funding platform for publication costs, and because of this your support is greatly appreciated.

Nate Matos, 2015


Previous Issue: Unchanged

Despite the areas around us, the ways in which we interact with the world, with art, despite of the focal point, these photographs display their purpose. It isn’t the subject that provides the most context in a photograph, but rather the negative space around it. In this space we find the meaning, we find the story, we find the background, and we find the soul. 

If we were to remove the subject, the negative space would not be able to exist on its own, surviving only as a mish-mash assortment of smaller less significant focal points our eyes dart around on. We know that space without a focal point is a mess, but it is where we want to live. The negative space supports the focal point by surrounding it, by stepping back, by giving it a home and a community to reside in.

Unchanged: The Moral Order of Negative Space is a reflection on the areas we occupy. Spaces in the real world, how we interact through communal and private, natural and man made, both in the real world and perhaps more importantly through the photographs we capture.

Serif & Silver


Issue II: Artifacts – Past, Present, and the American Roadtrip
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Every day we are fortunate enough to be able to look back on our past experiences and evaluate them with a more critical eye. We watch ourselves grow and see how we can improve in the images we make. If you have read the first issue of Serif & Silver (Polaroids: Instant Photographic Prints 2010-2015), you are getting this opportunity now, comparing this second issue to the words and photos within those pages.

Tomorrow you will wake up, go about your day, and think about the good or bad things that occurred just 24 hours earlier. These little life experiences help us improve ourselves, help us grow, and help us learn more about the world around us. But although they are necessary, it is undeniable the space they take up in our psyche. Similar to a roll of film, we are only allotted so much space. 36 frames to remember what […]


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