1000 Words IPA March 2013 Part 1
We Are Juxt believes that a picture is worth a thousand words, we tell stories through our photos, and sometimes a photo can say more than a whole book ever could. These folks I’ve picked to showcase today are from the site iPhoneArt.com ( IPA ) which has some of the most fascinating and beautiful galleries of work I’ve ever seen in one place. It is a small community, but everyone there is a true artist in every way. These are a few that submitted to the 1000 words group, we will try and do this on a once or twice a month bases, it all depends on the number of submissions we get. Please visit the site and these artists galleries, there’s plenty more where they came from. To see more from this beautiful gallery go here.
Curated by Mike H.
To see previous 1000 Words from IPA.
Spring Is Coming by Lola Mitchell
IPA / Flickr / Eye’Em / IG
Thank you for featuring this photo. It was inspired by a conversation and the weather. One of my dear friends is going on a trip to Japan, it will be her third time there. We were talking about it and after our conversation I started looking at Japanese art online. I have always dreamt of going there and love the Japanese esthetic. That same day I went for a walk and it was one of the warmest days we have had here in Los Angeles this winter. It felt like a renewal, a rebirth. It was made to express this surge of feel good emotions with a Japanese flair. Hope it worked!
Fishin’ for Trouble by Wayman Stairs
IPA / Flickr / Eye’Em / Prints
This edit was actually heavily inspired by my dad. Every summer when I was young my family and I would go camping. Every morning started with some early fishin’. The last couple of years we have been going back to our favorite lake to go camping again, but now with a family of my own as well. My dad always talked about going night fishing on the docks using a flashlight to attract more fish, although we never really did because it was considered cheating. However, that lead to the idea behind this piece.
This picture started out as a picture of Shaver Lake with a heavy amount of morning fog. I took the lake picture into juxtaposer to add the picture of my son fishing to it. I used photo wizard to draw the fishing line and then juxtaposer to add it into the previous version. Then I used juxtaposer to add the light and shark fins. Then I used Snapseed/Filterstorm to add detail, structure and saturation. I then opened up that image into Alien Sky to add sun, planet and lighting in the light bulb. Then I used filterstorm again for some final detail work (sharpening, shadows/highlights, etc.).
Unspoken Thoughts by Paula Gardener
IPA / Flickr / Eye’Em
Backstory is a poem I write for this image:
Those unspoken thoughts of past secrets, future dreams, promises made and broken. All embedded deep within my consciousness, whispering their demands of my mind. Like adolescent children, seeking my undivided attention, each thought equally important, each one a burden. So now I’m consumed by my unspoken thoughts…….my mind, my heart, my subconscious spirit.
Walk In Koreatown_1 by Jennifer Sharpe
IPA / Website
My 2 Current Projects:
(Abbandonata) / (Still In Utero)
Ok about the process for creating this photo. I’ve only recently started to work much more fluidly between apps, and also more fearlessly. This photo began as a Hipstamatic photo taken through the window I was sitting closest to during a bus ride, my morning commute. I captured this older Asian woman passing the bus station, on a very sunny day, holding what almost could have passed as a parasol. For a few days I fiddled around with the shot, I had recently bought a few new apps and passed it through many of them seeing what resulted. First I played with different filters which changed the colors. Then, with various color schemes I liked from the programs I played with – Alt Photo, Jazz, Photoforge, and Luminance – I started layering more. I toyed with several versions of these, taking the same photo of the woman and enlarging her, positioning her differently than she originally appeared, I took one other photo from the bus shoot (a passing column of some sort) and played with that in conjunction with the photo of the woman. I used Juxtaposer and Blender trying everything they offered. Then I stopped for a while. A few days later, I went to a Chinese New Year celebration at The Huntington Library and Gardens, and took only three pictures. These were of a flowering quince tree, and it was a bonsai. Since our family makes a quince pound cake around Christmas every year, which is when quinces appear on the market (Nov-Jan), I was really happy to see what a quince tree looked like in real life, and to see that it blooms – even if it was in miniature. Not only that, but the blooms were in two separate colors (somehow), red and white.
A few days later I got back to my woman with the umbrella, and decided to take these red and white quince blossoms and put them into her picture. I thought about beautiful screens with flowers painted on them from Japan and China, and I thought about their history and the length of their existence in the culture, and I wanted to create a piece that was like a found object, something old, but still beautiful. So then I turned to Scratchcam, and found some textures that I liked, and then I went through Alt Photo again, and then finally found the right kind of frame in Jazz. Like a postcard frame. A postcard with a very old picture of a very old screen, something someone had forgotten about and put into a trunk, but also something that still held some of the original color and could convey this feeling of a garden, spring (it already feels like the East Coast springs I grew up with in Los Angeles), and a lady taking a walk. Since I took the initial picture as the bus I was riding on was passing into Koreatown, that is where my title came from. But it also retains something of the feeling that Westerners have about the refined approach of beauty that East Asia is known for, its delicacy and poetic quality, and since I’ve always been interested in this part of the world (my undergraduate major was in East Asian studies with a concentration in China), it felt like the right moment to honor that interest with this theme.
Half Sister by Clint Cline
IPA / Flickr / 500px / Eye’Em / Tadaa: clix2020
“Half Sister” was one of my first test images when Dali Cam came out. I had been in a minimalist mode up to that point and was looking for a diversion. I usually never reach for gimmicky apps but something about DaliCam – despite its horrid resolution – said, “Strap in, this is gonna be fun!!” I grabbed a handful of images from my library and began randomly running them through the app’s 4 basic settings just to see what it could do. Then I grabbed a gorgeous portrait of my granddaughter, closed my eyes and said, “shazam!” The position of her eyes within the frame caught the app’s algorithm just right (I tested this on similar images and got similar results) as it stretched the eye, elongated the face and squared the jaw (also see “The Thinker”). Now I knew I was onto something. I up-rezed the result in Iris (now Laminar Express), and took that into Noir to produce a b/w layer I then applied in Superimpose (multiply setting at about a 10% value). I then pulled it into Snapseed to selectively darken the left side of the image to remove some jagged edges and provide some shadow depth opposite the original light source. I built a background in iColorama which I ran through PhotoCopier to give it a painterly feel, combined that with the face in Superimpose, then a final pass through Photocopier then added a shadow edge in Pixlromatic. The final was up-rezed in SquareReady.The title might seem obvious – half a face, thus “half-sister,” but like much of my work there’s generally a double entendre lurking about. I’ll only say that no family members were harmed in the production of this image.
I am the Passenger by Jennifer Thomas
IPA / Flickr / Eye’Em / Backspaces: @ikebana_jen / IG
This shot was taken in London late in 2012 at St Pancras International Station. The station has the most striking vaulted ceiling and with all the shiny metal and light filtering it, it’s a mobile photographers dream. I was travelling to Paris to see my sister and always find it interesting to observe fellow travelers at stations and airports in various states of despair, joy, loss and happiness. The title refers to the 80′s version of the Iggy Pop song, The Passenger by Siouxsie and and Banshees.
I shot the image using the hipstamatic app with rockbw film and the lucifer lens which work well to capture the sheen on the metallic surfaces and gives you a high contrast finish. I edited it with the Ansel filter in Cameraplus for extra sharpening.
The Path To… by Tommy Vohs
IPA / Website / Facebook
I was at a crossroad in my life the day I shot this on board a streetcar in Toronto. As I sat in the back of the tram, I felt fear, uncertainty, excitement and hope…quite the contradiction really. I was on my way to an end and a beginning. This photo is symbolic of that journey. The common thread in my transit shots is there is always so much to see, beyond the walls, where the floors give way to street and sidewalk….. There is always a way out, a pathway to lead you somewhere. Are you open minded enough to see it?
I’m a sucker for double exposure because of the whole 2 story aspect and the more you look, the more you see. I used Leme Pro to shoot with the DX camera on a 2 second delay. I ran the shot through Photo Wizard playing with the saturation and hue to get this amazing orange. (I did have a black & white version of this shot but it didn’t have the same oomph as with the bold, in yer face orange). Then I used iPhoto to soften up some areas with the soft brush. Next I used one of the Artistic templates to focus on the center spot and blur the top and bottom. Thanks very much for this great opportunity to show my photo!