There’s An ‘Ap For That: Night Photo of Chumash Traditional Village Along The Pacific

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In Malibu, California, there is a living Chumash village perched along cliffs overlooking the Pacific. This village is the vision of Mati Waiya, who wanted to create a living Chumash cultural village, one in which people stay, eat, live, and people come to learn about native plants, sustainability, ecology, and more through the lens of traditional Chumash cultural values and practices. The village is on land that is the historic home of the Chumash, with eight Chumash prehistoric sites existing within a half mile of the present village, existing as early as 4000-6000 BC. Everything came together during this magical night: the beauty of the location, the kindness of the people in the village, the clean ocean air, the magic and cultural significance of the Chumash village, and the act of “light painting” photography, something I love to do.

I illuminated the ‘ap, the name for the round, traditional Chumash thatched home, with a ProtoMachine LED2 flashlight, a flashlight that can change different colors with the press of a button and is designed for “light painting” such as this. The home was illuminated during the exposure, and is not a Photoshop creation. I illuminated the interior with a red light to make it look as if people were keeping warm by the flames.

Mati Waiya believes that with the new technology of cellphones and social media, we are losing the connectivity between people. But he of course understands that we do need to use this to attempt to bring people together. This cultural village attempts to do that, teaching about the earth through activities and ceremony and more. I entitled this photo “There’s An ‘Ap For That” because I was mindful of his words while taking this photo, a photo of the first home on this land that Mati Waiya built about eight years ago.

Title: There’s An ‘Ap For That (6021)
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 216 second exposure, f/8, ISO 200 3850K. 2015-04-04 22:14. Light painting with a Protomachine LED2.
Location: Malibu, CA USA
Un ‘ap, una casa tradicional nativo americano de Chumash. La foto fue tomada durante una luna llena. PIntura de luz con un Protomachine LED2. Todo el trabajo de color se hizo durante la exposición, y no es una creación de Photoshop. Tengo derecho esta foto “There’s An ‘Ap For That” (“Hay un ‘Ap para eso”) porque yo era consciente de sus palabras mientras tomo esta foto, una foto de la primera casa en esta tierra que Mati Waiya construido hace ocho años antes.

Título: There’s An ‘Ap For That (“Hay un ‘ap para eso”) (6021)
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lente a 14 mm, 216 segundos de exposición, f/8, ISO 200 3850K. 2015-04-04 22:14. PIntura de luz con un Protomachine LED2.
Lugar: Malibu, CA, EE.UU.

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like), on 500px, or my Ken Lee Google+ Page. We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!



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