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1000 Words Windows Phone Experience 4th Edition

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words #wpphoto | 0 comments

Welcome to 1000 Words Showcase for Windows Phone via the Windows Phone Experience Flickr group.

This group has many great artists and photographers and along with many mobile photography communities is rich in story.

We Are Juxt has asked a these great photographers to help curate this showcase and are very happy that they agreed.  Please put your hands together for Aman, Sony, and Jean Brice.  Their bios and contacts are below.

We hope to showcase the great diversity and beauty of the work shown to continue to inspire other mobile (connected) photographers/ artists within our community. 1000 Words is titled under the premise that “a photograph says a 1000 words.” We Are Juxt believes that mobile photographers/ artists tell stories through the photographs/ images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today. We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/ arts community.

If you are a Windows Phone photographer please feel free to contribute to the Flickr group.

To view the 1000 Words Flickr gallery by week click here.  Feel free to add your own images. This gallery is curated by Ryan V.

Also please visit out 1000 Words IPA monthly showcase, curated by Mike Hill and the 1000 Words Facebook monthly showcase, curated by Jen Bracewell and Josh St. Germain.

We Are Juxt thanks you for your contributions!

Click here for the other Windows Phone Experience Showcases

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia – Lumia 1020 by Marc Bibusch
Flickr  // Twitter  // Website 
Nokia Lumia Icon

With this photo two things, i really like, have come together: Fine cars and the freedom of raw photography. I have known the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia quite well since my parents used to drive the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia in my childhood. When I saw this car in the amazing light, it felt just natural to take some photos with my Lumia 1020. I used Lightroom for the processing and created the look with a custom matte preset.

Untitled by Antti Tassberg
Twitter // Flickr // 500px
Nokia Lumia Icon, Post processing tools: Lightroom

I spotted the birds and the power line trough a bus window on my way home. I exit the bus and toked a series of pictures hoping to capture the moment the birds would take wing. Missed that thought.
This frame I liked most and b&w conversion felt like the right treatment for the image. Image was captured in DNG.

Untitled by Marc Biarnès
Flickr
Nokia Lumia 1020, Post processing Tool: Photoshop CS 5.1

While waiting for my train in the wintry greyness of Paris, a train arrived on the platform on the opposite side. I caught myself observing each window of this train like Jeff in “Rear Window” of Hitchcock. I was on my bench and every window was a scene of the life.

 Untitled by dr pajchiwo
Flickr //Instagram //Grupa Mobilni //G+: Wojtek Papaj //AMPt
Nokia Lumia 800 (WP 7.8)

I took the photo with the app called Soviet Kam – then the “original RAW” from the app was edited with Fhotoroom and framed with Phototastic.

Lake Burning Sky by Christophe Brutel
Twitter // Flickr
Nokia Lumia 920 (WP 8)

The story behind the picture is quite simple: On this evening I took a look at the sky from home at sunset time. What I saw led me to believe that the show would be quite nice by the lake which is about 5 minutes walk from home.

So I grabbed the Lumia 920, ran to the lake and I was not disappointed: the water was perfectly still making for a perfect mirror to the stunning sky. I then started to take the pictures frantically. This is one from the batch, uploaded unedited from the phone.

Shining in the darkness by David
Facebook  // Instagram // Flickr
Nokia Lumia

I know this has been done many times by DSLR, but it is something I have always wanted to do with a Nokia Lumia. The photo may look complicated but in reality it is easy and worth to try out if you have right equipments, a partner and follow the safety. With the 4 second shutter delay, you can create beautiful light painting sparkler photos. This was actually so much fun, just be careful not to start a fire!

One of the most interesting features of the Nokia Camera one the Lumia 1020 and 1520 is the ability to capture photographs in RAW or DNG format. I recommend you to shoot in RAW, so you can make fine adjustments to colors temperature and exposure in post processing.

All the stars are like little fish by Jennifer Bracewell
We Are Juxt // Website // Instagram // EyeEm // Flickr // Twitter
Nokia Lumia 1020

I took this picture while on holiday in San Diego last weekend ( March 1). I was walking around the Old Town district in the rain and stopped to look inside this very old adobe building. Some of the rooms were decorated with period furnishings. I loved the light, the tones, the stillness of the scene, the feeling that the room was not empty but full of memories.

I was listening to “Violet” by Hole when I edited the photo, that’s where the title came from. It seemed to fit. I used filters and texture in Fantasia Painter Pro and Fhotoroom to give it a glow and vintage feel.

Tourist by Anna C. Cox
We Are Juxt // Email // Instagram // Twitter // Flickr // Website
Nokia Lumia 1020

Loved the long hallway and light of the Chicago area Museum. The light coming through the roof was beautiful coupled with the leading lines drawing your eye through to the far away door. It was taken on the lumia 1020, Nokia cam and processed in snapseed.

Vacant by Joel A.
We Are Juxt // Flickr // iphoneArt.com // AMPt // Backspaces // VSCO
Nokia Lumia 920

This shot was taken on Holly Beach on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

I used the Lumia 920 native camera and post edited w/ the Marketplace apps SophiaHD (b&w) and Fantasia Painter (contrast/vignetting).

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Curators

Aman G., Germany
Twitter // Flickr  // Tumblr // 500px // Mobile Photography Blog
Born in Ethiopia, escaped from a civil war as a child in the end ‘70. Grew up in Germany… loved the Nokia N95 8GB with its fantastic Image quality back then,  but my real mobile photography obsession began late december 2012, when i bought the Lumia 920. I shoot to freeze the moment, …addicted in details. There’s no real concept behind my photos… i see the moment and love the fact to have my weapon in my pocket to catch that moment…. Any where… any time.


Sony Arouje, India

Flickr // Tumblr site of my Lumia 920 photos // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook
By profession I am a Software Architect working in Banglore, India. I am very passionate about photography. I started clicking from 2007 when I bought my Nikon DSLR camera. I never explored mobile photography until I bought the Nokia Lumia 920, it got an awesome camera. I realize the power of mobile photography and I kept my DSLR aside and started shooting in my Lumia 920. I love street photography and majority of my photos are from the streets of Bangalore.

Thoughts of NYC

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in FEATURE, Featured Articles | 8 comments

It has been two years since my last trip to New York City.

I went to see the “Art Meet Technology” exhibit which featured one of my photos.  I was super stoked to say the least.  I reached out to friends, former colleagues and high school friends to join me in the event; it was great to see those who showed up.

Seeing everyone got me talking about life as a photographer.  I think that this was the first time I actually called myself a photographer.  Let me explain…

As I’ve been documenting my life through images I just categorized myself as someone who enjoys taking photos, casually.  I never really saw myself as a photographer since I feel I still have so much to learn and there are things that I’d still like to try and do to push my limits; I suppose that goes with anything in life.  But what I do know is that something changed for me that night.  Seeing my image up on a wall, in the city where I grew up, made things different and official, unlike any other time.  It was a combination of people asking me about this whole mobile photography business and what it is that I do, all of them intrigued by how this came about using a mobile phone.

They asked questions which made me think about my role and why I love the scene so much.  I’d like to think of myself as a magnet, bringing everyone together under one roof.  This is what makes me happy and keeps me going.  Meeting people face to face that I’ve “met” online or randomly in person – whether at a coffee shop or event – add to the power of connection.

I was in NYC for one week and did my best to get out and about despite the freezing cold.  I felt like such a tourist, in one of the most amazing places on earth – my home away from home.

I felt like a kid in a candy shop, trying to figure out which treat to try first as I planned my week.  I was on the subway more times than I could count and probably more times than I ever did in a year when I lived there.

The first thing I wanted to do was take a walk down 5th Avenue.  I wanted to be in the midst of all the fashion and glamour and submerge myself with all the visitors while getting lost in the sea of tourists.  I noticed many of the same stores and of course, some high tech billboards which were new.  But what caught my attention was the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Looking at it made me think of La Sagrada Familia, all caged up under construction.  I wondered what was going on so I went inside.

 

There she was as beautiful as ever even with the metal frames.

People were walking in for the evening mass, taking a seat on the pew, while others prayed and left.  It felt so calming and rejuvenating to be in there.  It gave me a sense of belonging.

At night I’d stare at the skyscrapers, with their flashing lights as they illuminated the sky.  It got me excited and the thrill ran through my veins.  I felt like I was twenty again.

And then I was reminded of home…

and started to miss my husband and son dearly.  It was the first time I had left them for this long since SuperMax was born and it felt strange.  Being in the big city without them made me feel empty even though I was so happy to be home again.  This feeling was so new to me so I coped as best as I could and continued to have fun and enjoy the moment.

One of the things I enjoyed the most was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It was so nice to spend a few hours there and really take notice of the people and exhibits around me.  I wanted to capture the beauty of the architecture and art, all of which makes the Met so special and grand.

So I stood there for a while as time went by.

As I mentioned it was super cold the week I was there.  Snow was still on the ground and the wind chill made it almost unbearable to stay outside.  As the sun started to set, people swiftly made their way home and the streets became empty again.

A rare happening in New York City.

On my list left to do before heading back to Seattle was to go see the 9/11 Memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge so I did just that.

It was the first time I walked around ground zero since the attack.  I could never face it nor come to grip with how I felt about the Freedom Tower project.

Stepping on sacred ground, where so many people lost their lives made me feel a bit uneasy, as if it were wrong of me to be there.  As I looked at all the people gathered around the memorial sites, a darkness came over me, and seeing the names of those lost was heavy on my soul.

 Having gone through such an experience and seeing our city rebuild itself makes me try to process it all.  I will never recover from such a horrible event but what I do know is that no one can take away the love I have for the place I grew up in.

I continued my quest til the very last minute.  The morning of my flight I made it down to the Brooklyn Bridge, recounting my week as I mentally said goodbye to my home away from home.  Not knowing when I’d be back again, I wanted to get a good look at my beautiful city.

As I admired the architecture all I could think of was how proud I am to be a native New Yorker.

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All the images were taken with a Lumia 1020 as part of the Windows Challenge.   

Experiments: Photoforge by Oveck [Tutorial]

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Tutorials, You Are Juxt | 2 comments

My name is Oveck, I’m a singer-songwriter/ Visual Artist who is passionate about photography.  I try to catch moments, reactions and expressions but I also like to manipulate the images adjusting them to my own vision.  You can find me as @oveck  for my color and double exposure experiments as well as @leblancetlenoir for my black & white work.  For my music please visit my website www.oveckmusic.com

 

To create this image I used 2 of my favorite apps Photoforge2; to create the layers and blends and VSCO CAM for toning.  I used one of my pictures (portrait) and one of @danotis #danotis_freeforall pictures (landscape)

1- I start by uploading both pictures to photoforge2 creating 2 layers (layer #1 portrait of the girl and layer #2 landscape)

2- I position layer#2 where I want it, in this case I place it on top of the shadow that’s being reflected on the girl’s body so when I use the blending options I get the desired results.

3- I create a duplicate of layer #2  so I can decorate the bottom part of the picture doing the same as step 2. This duplicate is now layer#3

4-At this point I will blend layer #2 and layer #3 to layer #1.  I do that by selecting blending mode – lighten.

 


5- Next, using the layer mask tool what we want to do is add a mask for both layer #2 and layer #3.

6- Select the masked layer and make sure that the brush color is all the way to left to be black*, adjust the brush size depending on the area you want to erase. I like to keep the brush hardness to the minimum, so it gives me a softer blend instead of a cutout look.  Repeat the same steps to layer #3. *If you make a mistake, you can always go back by selecting the brush color to be white.

7- The next step is to merge all of your layers and crop the final picture using the crop tool to 3×4. After that export your picture to your camera roll.

8- At this point all we need is to give the tones desired to the final image. I do that by using VSCO CAM app.  I use preset #4, adjust temperature to 1 and highlights to 1 as well. Then export to Full/Maximum file size.

9-My final step is to create a white border for my final picture since I crop it 3×4 and I want to fit it into a square but maintaining the full image. You can do that by using Squaready app or I prefer to go back to Fotoforge2 and create a new project adding my picture to a white background.

1000 Words Flickr Showcase 72

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words Flickr | 1 comment

This week it’s a feast for the Black And White lovers! Monochrome, as simple as it may seem, it has its subtle tones and differences! Incredible shades and tonalities that varies and gives that particular photo a strong or antique look! And what a feast for the eye today with these great artists showcased here! Powerful imagery with even more powerful stories attached to it! As always I am completely blown away by what I see every day!

Thank you ever so much for your constant support and love!

D.C.

Hand of Time by Eric Raddatz.

As I grow older I find the body change intriguing. Lines and wrinkles, skin becoming thinner, knees crackle like Rice Krispies in the morning.  Photography has been a very real part of my processing emotions, and change. A way to hide and see at the same time. This photo is the first step in creating a series of images to identify and project what each of us face today and tomorrow.

photo process:  capturing the image on my iPhone 4S then edit on #snapseed to sharpen, B&W for contrast/depth to express the wave of feelings that can grip me when looking in the mirror.

// Web // Twitter // FB // Flickr //

Let Go by Joanna Dunford.

It was shot with a runaway balloon on my favourite beach on a windy day with my iPhone 5 and a processed using noir photo. I was just having fun creatively to see what I could make.

// IG  // Tumblr // Juxt  // Flickr //

Existence by S. Furusho 

Our lives are not always clear as vaguely. I go with the aim of goal that can not be reached in that. It is far endlessly, but, I will head to there with an umbrella of hope.

// Flickr //

Under ConstructionJose by J. Lang Lenton.

I’ve been enjoying quite a lot shooting in the street. I find it very challenging, and the feeling of not knowing what is to be found, is just great.

With this photo i came out with a simplicity i like in street shots. Streets are usually full of people, sings and cars and is not easy to arrange a simple composition.

I came across this really smart man, and I really love the guy, but he seem to be in a hurry, to fast for a decent shot. This was a kind of a ‘give up’ shoot as i was loosing him. Than noticed the net on the building on my right side and really like the texture of it. I arranged the shot as i was thinking about it.

I shooted it with Hipstamatic ( Jane + Blackeys Supergrain) and than added some texture with Scratchcam.

// Flickr // Instagram //

The Monochrome Set by Milo Salgado.

This photo is part of a series I called The Monochrome Set, a series of edited Hipstamatic shots.

We go to the beach very often, and almost all year is bright, sunny and hot, so it is really beautiful when you are at the beach on a rainy day, like this day when I took this photo. Tita our dog was with us, and my kids and their cousins where swimming in the sea under the rain. When my nephew was walking into the sea, feeling the water temperature with his feet, I saw Tita walking around in the sand (she’s not very enthusiastic about the water), I decided the framing very quickly and took the shot. The straight Hipstamatic shot was a little too dark, so I decided to post-edit the photo. I used VSCO cam, I can’t really remember what preset sorry, to turn it black and white, and then used Snapseed to give the shot the soft sepia tone, a little brightness and texture, and the frame. I was looking to recreate the cloudy, rainy day, trying to make the image happily sad, as any Red House Painters song.

// Web //

Creating & Looking :: An Experiment with Two Photographers

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in FEATURE, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Creating & Looking :: An Experiment with Two Photographers by Rebecca C

I’m interested in the differences between the intention of the artist vs the reception of the image by the viewer; what the artist puts out in to the world and what we, the viewer, receive.  To investigate this idea I’ve asked two photographers, Michel and Deena, to choose a work of their own and write a little bit about their purpose in creating the image and/or some background about how the particular image came about. I asked each of them to write  about what they saw in their own image and then to exchange images with each other.

Once they received the image from the other, I  asked them to write their thoughts about the other artist’s work. I asked them how it made them feel and how they read the image, a gut reaction and not a critique

This is what Michel and Deena shared with me about their own images as well as their initial thoughts about each other’s images.

I would like to thank both Deena and Michel for participating in this experiment.

Deena’s thoughts on her image:
My way of editing is very unconscious most times. I see things and make note of the intention for that image. Working within the squares is what I think of first, and secondly, the image that will overlay those squares. This image was made after spending a weekend with my two siblings. When I started making the piece, I always start with the content of the squares. I make sure the images won’t be too invasive once I’ve added the overlay. My sister has an infectious smile. For this image I knew I wanted to make an image to reflect that while creating a piece that tells another story within each frame. The starkness of snow scene with its minor details of trees and power lines worked for this piece as an overlay, adding story elements without detracting from my original intent.

Michel’s thoughts on Deena’s image :
The photograph is musical.  I first sense the count, the numbers involved.  The four images, three frames, two overlaid pictures and the single composition.  The square frames measure a melody of lines.  There’s a catalog of linear elements, straights, arcs and scratches, wiggles and woggles.  This melody plays across the scene looking for an anchor, an alignment to hold on to.  The anchor it plays to are those tones, the larger scaled human form that rests so quietly.  Finally, I see two different spaces, the perspectival depths of the lines against the flat human tones and their shared fragile tethers

Michel’s thoughts on his image:
There’s a found horizon line which sets up two spaces in the photograph.  One space harbors solid forms and bodies the other is ephemeral and fragile.  Between them lies a tension.  That tension is described in the fragmented and reflected pieces, an altered third space, a new layer beyond that horizon.  This reflected view is what holds the picture still, a glimpse of the unexpected, if even just for a moment.

Deena’s thoughts on Michel’s image:
Black and white and architectural. The element I find myself gravitating toward in Michel’s imagery is not always shape, line, and form but the space between what he sees. This image feels as though there is a dialogue happening between the two buildings. Being pulled upward by the lines and feeling the balance. One  building seems almost transparent and yet the viewer can see the reflection in the other building’s façade. The words chosen to accompany the images always provoke my imagination.

You can see more of Michel’s work on G+ // twitter // Flickr // Instagram and Deena’s work here.

The Gentle & Sensitive Approach to Street Photography

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in FEATURE, Featured Articles | 22 comments

The Gentle & Sensitive Approach to Street Photography: An Interview with Andrés Altamirano by Christina Nordam Andersen

Andrés Altamirano is known as @justiciere on Instagram. This is where I got to know him and his work. He was born in Málaga (Spain) and is currently based in Berlin.  He does not call himself a street photographer or anything else for that matter.

Despite his modesty, two things strike me when I travel through his delightful photo stream: one – the gentle and sensitive way in which he portrays people (women in particular), anticipating moves and10 actions. Two – how close he is able to get with his camera.

His profile photo does not show his face and I think it is fair to say that he is a private person. I am glad to have the chance to learn more about his photography and find out a bit more about the person behind the camera.

Below are the questions I asked Andrés, as well as his answers.

C: Why photography and not something else? What does it give you?

A: Your first question is already hard to answer. I guess appreciating photography is just like enjoying music or any other form of art. Photography is there all the time. It is the classic way to record moments and preserve memories. But it is also a form of self-expression. Photography requires the conscious use of our senses: passion, sensibility and technique all have to be well-balanced.

The answer to your second question could be an essay on its own, so I will limit myself to just a few words, explaining what photography gives me now, today: photography allows me to express and capture those daily, but precious, moments of random people, especially women – showing signs of what I think is passion, affection or sorrow.

C: How would you describe your style in three words?

A: I would describe my style with a triple H. Humble (because I am just doing photography for the love of it), Hungry (because I am always willing to learn), Honest (because I like to show the photographs as close as possible to the reality of the moment when they were taken – hence the recent move to analogue cameras.

C: As a street photographer, you are able to get very close to your subjects. How do you do that?

A: There is no secret to this. When I started, I used to pretend I was on a phone call or I was texting and I shot mainly using the headphones’ button. Now that I have started using other cameras I have realized that the most important thing is to remain calm and confident. It is a matter of practice and joy. Of course, a big smile and a friendly attitude help a lot.

C: What attracts to you to black and white photography?

A: You don’t have to pay attention to colour – this is the magic of black and white. It works very well with street photography. You can concentrate on the moment and on the subject. I don’t think in colour when I shoot. I concentrate on finding the right moment, the right light and the best possible composition. You can’t control all factors while shooting in the streets, that’s why I like the minimal aspect of black and white. I try to portray moments which trigger a particular emotion and I find black and white conveys these feelings in a more expressive way than colours do.

C: Who or what inspires you?

A: Music plays a fundamental role for me while shooting. The lyrics of songs are a big stream of inspiration for me. Of course, I often go back to books, to get inspiration from the great masters of photography. I also take a daily dive into Instagram. There are many talented people out there, so I also get inspired by some of them. I am thankful for this.

C: How did you originally get into photography? What was your first camera?

A: It was Antonio (my brother in law) who brought Photography to me as I was a teenager. He was at the time working as a photographer. My father also used to develop b/w film at home, so we used the enlarger and the equipment that was available to us. I painted a bulb in red and made a darkroom at home. It was a very special time for me. Photography was a way to experiment something new. This is something I continuously do in life: learn and try new things.

My first camera was a Zenit, made in the former USSR. Hard as a rock – it could have been used as a throwing weapon! I still have a lot of black and white pictures I made with it and developed myself.

C: Which is your camera of choice and why?

A: If you ask me which one I have been using the most, definitely is the iPhone’s camera. It has a lot of advantages and it feels second nature for me. I am currently shooting with a Lumix Leica GX1 and a Nikon FM3a. I will soon buy a Rolleiflex 4KF, as I want to jump to medium format and experiment in the streets with such an old “grumpy” camera. I take this as serious challenge.

I think the gear is important. However, it is more important to achieve the shot you have visualized. As long as you get the shot, the camera used is secondary. For me the importance lies on the message. Did anyone ask Cervantes which fountain pen he used when he wrote El Quijote?

C: Which other photographers have influenced your work?

A: I have met good photographers through Instagram and some have left a mark on me. I don’t follow too many people because I have the need to really connect with the people I follow, to get in touch with them. I want real connections. People who inspire me know this because I have already told them somehow.

I have much respect for masters like Leiter, Maier, Bresson, Salgado, Moriyama… but I also think it is important to reserve some energy for your own development. I would like to create my own style one day, as Orson Wells said: “Create your own visual style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others”. I am working on it!

C: You often quote lyrics on your photos. If your portfolio had a soundtrack, what would it be?

A: This one is easy to answer: R&B music. I listen to artists like Tank, Joe, Brian McKnight, Ginuwine, Dennis Taylor, Eric Benet, Janet or Tyrese, to name a few. I listen to them while I shoot. I find this music very special, quite romantic, and kind of spiritual I think. I would like my photos to inherit some of this spirit.

C: How many photos do you shoot on an average day? 

A: I asked this question to some of my friends too. I have always been the worst critic to myself and try to push myself harder every time. When I started, I was taking around 400 pictures per photo-walk (2-3 hours). I was shooting like mad! With luck, I ended up with one picture which was worth posting, and the rest was crap. This ratio has changed due to practice. Now I am much more selective – I don’t want to spend my time deleting or editing pictures. And I am still learning what makes a good image. So if I use my iPhone, I normally take 30-50 pictures at the most. If I use my analogue cameras I am limited to 36 or 12. This makes you think about pressing the shutter. I also hope this turns me into a better photographer.

C: Do you have a photo technique or rule that you follow?

A: No. I just seek for a special moment, especially when women are involved. The only thing I stick to is not to post casual pictures, I mean, successful by coincidence. That way you can’t learn anything and I don’t feel comfortable with this.

The time for “easy” pictures (such as people checking their phone or people far away from the distance) is over for me. This is a strength and a weakness of mine: I need to feel constantly challenged.

C: What’s the one photo app you can’t live without?

A: Another easy question! Snapseed. If you ask me which apps I use, I can tell you because it is a very short list: Snapseed, Noir, Blender, AfterFocus. That’s all. And I don’t use them all together in all pictures I edit. I am trying to reduce my editing time to less than a minute. This can only be achieved if you know exactly what you want.

C: What else is in your camera bag?

A: I don’t have a camera bag! I use my pockets. I go out with my iPhone or camera (if it is analogue I take a cleaning pen), headphones to listen music and some candies. I have such a sweet tooth…

C: What aspects of photography are challenging for you?

A: I want to be more focused on shadows and composition. This is a huge field to explore. I can imagine myself cooking with these two ingredients for a long time. Have a look at Fan Ho’s work. You will immediately understand what I say.

C: How do you pick your subjects?

A: The subjects pick me, actually. I am always aware of my surroundings and my radar is fully automatic. The music helps. It all happens by itself. However, I don’t tell you anything new when I say that I love to study and capture a woman’s body language and signs.

C: Which is your own favourite photo and why. Tell us the background. When are you satisfied with a photo?

A: Three questions in one! There is a little story behind each picture. This is so wonderful about photography. My own favourite photo is the one below. It was taken at an S-Bahn station I go to everyday to go to work. I was trying to find a spot to take a good picture, but months were running free without having any results. I took a lot of pictures but none said anything to me. I couldn’t believe that. It could not be that hard – but sometimes is. Then, I got tired of not making a decent shot there, until one cold morning, I saw that couple. I knew they were going to kiss, so I stood in front of them. The train started to move and I thought that would make them stand out from the background. I took just that picture of them and was such a good feeling, taking just one and knowing how it was going to look. It all happened in a few seconds. Afterwards I realized that I was at that station and that my wish had been fulfilled. I felt really happy.

From this picture I learnt that capturing the moment right before a kiss happens can be even more electrifying than the kiss itself. Can you see the spark between them? When I get to show these moments, I am satisfied.

C: If you could shoot any other place in the world, where would it be, and why?

A: I would like to go to NY with the Rolleiflex. That would be so great. To follow the steps of Vivian Maier – a conceptual travel. Sounds freaky, maybe it is, but I would love to do it.

C: If someone told you, “I want to take photos like you,” how would you respond? What tips would you give them if they wanted to emulate your style?

A: The world doesn’t need more Justicieres. It would be very boring for me, so no please! I need your variety. Just go out and practice as much as you can. A camera on the shelf or a pocket doesn’t produce anything.

Read books. Look at other people’s work. Go to exhibitions. Talk with other colleagues. There is so much inspiration out there that you could spend your life investigating and trying different things. Just keep moving.

C: What will you be doing photography-wise in 10 years?

A: Maybe I would like to take studio pictures of women. Not conventional erotic or model photography, but something with a much more sensible touch. I am not sure about this idea, but I still have ten years haven’t I?

C: Tell us something that we don’t know about you

A: I am very fond of sports. I train at the gym regularly, train Capoeira and do Kite-Surf. I always keep my body fit. I think this is very important in order to have a healthy mind. I also love baking. Muffins make me go mad – especially the carrot, hazelnut and poppy seed ones. OMG. Or the lemon, raisins and yoghurt with that fluffiness inside…







Digital to Canvas

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in FEATURE, Featured Articles | 0 comments

An interview with David Ridgway by Bridgette S.

It is with great pleasure to introduce David Ridgway, a local artist who resides here in Washington State.

I was first drawn to his gallery because of his abstract art and then found out he has been painting most of his life.  The images you see below are samples of his work created using Decim8.

A collection of his artwork along with other Northwest artists is currently on exhibit at the Karla Matzke Gallery and Sculpture Park, so if you’re in the area be sure to check it out (details below).

“Oxidation”

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Whereabouts do you live now?

I was born in Seattle and lived in the area until I was 14, at which time my family moved to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. I lived in Maine until the mid 80s when I headed to the Caribbean to work on a friend’s ketch. Met my wife in St. Croix and we headed for Maui with a friend. Ended staying for 5 years and it is where I studied color with Richard Nelson and got my start as a professional artist. We then spent several years in Maine and Maryland near family and friends. A CBS Sunday Morning feature about a local sculptor inspired a move to Orcas Island in the San Juan’s in 98 and we were there for 12 years. Bellingham is now our home.

Has art always been your passion? How did it develop?

I was always interested in drawing and painting as a child. My family had a strong interest in the visual arts and many painter, sculptor and photographer friends. I majored in Art at college but am primarily self taught.

How would you describe your art? How has it evolved?

The oil paintings I have been doing for several years have developed from an attraction to architecture in the landscape and how man relates to place. The work seems to get more simplified at times and then veers back to details. While on Orcas I did quite a bit of on site painting. Lately it has been more studio work.

“Exurbia”

Describe your workspace. What gets you in the mood to create new artwork?

I work in our converted 2 car garage which we finished during the remodel of our mid-century ranch home in 2010. It has track lights, heat and a small wood shop.
Seeing a new intriguing architectural situation in the landscape has always been an inspiration. Lately, creating something visually compelling on my iPhone or iPad has also been a strong impetus.

What are some of your inspirations? How do you keep the momentum going?

Seeing other work of painting’s I admire is always an inspiration, especially those whose work leaves some of the process visible. Visiting a new location is always stimulating. I recently went to Palm Springs to see the Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley Years exhibit and found the trip rewarding. Having shows scheduled is also a good reason to keep moving forward.

How much has digital art influenced you? Were you open to it from the very start?

I got my first Mac in 97 ( 2GB drive) and started playing with Photoshop and Painter using a graphics pad. I used some of those images as reference for oil paintings early on. While on Orcas, I used my PowerBook and graphics pad for life drawing. Now I use an iPhone 5 and iPad to draw, paint and manipulate photos digitally and am using some as reference for abstract/non-representational paintings.

In the digital era, everything is at one’s fingertips. I wonder if this, in turn, makes you lean toward creating on your mobile device(s)? If not, how do you balance both mediums?

I have found my iPhone and iPad to be convenient tools for capturing a scene or moment, sketching and creating abstract digital imagery. Useful more as sketch pads or preliminary drawing media, as opposed to creating an end product, when I’m using them for reference. My ‘for Instagram only’ pieces may show up somewhere else eventually and I have sold some prints made with PrintStudio and canvas prints through twenty20.com. Having new tools with which to work does create the need to keep things in balance. The ‘always with you’ aspect of the iPhone adds to the immediacy and freshness of imagery. Many of my paintings lately have used iPhone images and digital sketches. Hands on, paint to canvas does remain my first love.

“Leaf I” 

What app(s) do you use most? And why?

A year and a half ago a friend on Instagram, Julie, posted an Android glitched image and I asked her about it. She mentioned Decim8 and I tried it. Since then I have tried many apps and have several I use regularly: Snapseed, Picgrunger, Superimpose, Artrage and lately Photoshop Touch. I occasionally use Hipstamatic and Oggl to capture or post edit. Decim8 remains my favorite editing tool using Sigstop and Graboid effects. It creates a broken collage effect that I find appealing. Combining Decim8 with the weathered grunge effect in Picgrunger adds depth and visual interest.

What do you foresee for the future? Will you continue to transfer digital to painting?

I am intrigued by mobile photography/graphics manipulation apps and particularly what artists, fine art photographers and designers are doing with the medium. I plan to continue interpreting my digital images in oil and mixed media. Some of the digitally referenced work is informing my more representational paintings as well.

Do you feel that art enthusiasts appreciate digital art as much as fine arts? What are your thoughts regarding this topic?

New tools and media are often adopted early by painters and photographers. The advent of smartphones and tablets has created a revolutionary movement in the visual arts. Art enthusiasts are becoming more aware and accepting. The younger generation has already embraced it.

“Leaf III” 

Have you been in any exhibits showcasing your digital art? What response have you gotten?

I had several digitally referenced abstract paintings in a show with two other painters entitled ‘Driven to Abstraction’ at Simon Mace Gallery in Port Townsend, WA in December. The show was well received and it was inspiring talking with people about the new work.

Which painters do you admire?

Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Picasso, Lois Dodd, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Peter Doig and many more.

Which digital artists do you admire?

Jennifer Bracewell
Esther
Mick Day
Carolyn Frischling
Harold Hollingsworth

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I was born and have spent most of my life in Western Washington.

I enjoy painting the local landscape on-site or in studio. My work often is about the places where man and the landscape coincide. Architectural and other man-made objects feature prominently.  My compositions are more about interlocking colored shapes than a realistic depiction of a specific place.

I occasionally enjoy working in a series based on a favored location. The series often acquires more simplified and/or playful imagery over time.

The path I have taken in making my paintings resembles meandering stepping-stones that often take an unforeseen turn. Conveying my pleasure in the process of painting is a primary intention.  Lately I am also interpreting abstract digital imagery created on mobile devices in mixed media and oil. I have been working digitally since 1997.

Website / Instagram /  Facebook / twitter /

My work is included in the recently released book ‘100 Artists of the Northwest’ by E. Ashley Rooney and Karla Matzke.

An exhibit with 25 of the included artists is currently at Karla Matzke Gallery and Sculpture Park, Camano Island, WA.

March 1st-April 23rd.

A Tiny World with Imam Fajarie

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in FEATURE, Featured Articles | 8 comments

An interview with Imam Fajarie by Fahmi R.

The best thing about photography is to be able to show what is unnoticed and to see the beauty that is contained within an object.

This is especially true in macro photography, where we usually don’t have enough time to explore the beauty of the tiny world in our surroundings.

When I came across Imam Fajarie’s macro photography, I saw that he was able to catch the beauty of this tiny world using his android device and wrap it all as one great photograph.

F: Fahmi I: Imam 

F: Hi Imam, before we talk about macro photography, can you tell me about yourself?

I: Hi Fahmi… I work as an interior designer because I love everything related to art, especially in digital design. I have my own company, founded by me and my friends, called ItamPutih Design.

I not only do the design but I also make my design become reality. Because I work on my own company, I have plenty time that can be used for doing my hobbies, one of it is photography using a smartphone.

F: So you love design and photography, two things that stand under one field called art. Why do you love photography? What makes it so interesting?

I: Yes, I basically love art and everything about it such as making a craft, building a mock-up, etc.

I love photography because I am curious about its techniques.  I feel a joy when I successfully catch a moment that’s quite hard to catch.

I use a smartphone which has many pros and cons to create a good photograph. I also experience that my friends guess my photographs are taken using a DSLR camera, that’s the main reason why I increasingly became interested in mobile photography.

F: Why using Android device? And why mobile photography?

I: Actually, I started using a Nokia device as a tool for photography because I thought Nokia had the best camera when compared with other devices. But then Android released the Froyo version and I thought Android was a good combination between photography and it was easy to customize (I love to do some customization on the cellphone) so then I decided to switch to an Android device. Also, Android has plenty of apps that help me so much in post processing the photos.

Why mobile photography? Because mobile photography is economic and easy to handle.  From a user experience, it isn’t too hard to learn and don’t need any special treatment like a big camera.

The main reason why I choose mobile photography is like what I said before, I like it when people guess my photographs come from a DSLR.

F: Where do you get all of your creative ideas?

I: I get it all when socializing with other people and exchange lessons about mobile photography. I am also involved in some mobile photography communities, so I can easily get many great lessons about photography and all of the things related to it. Sometimes other people inspire me on how to produce some good images using mobile phone, then I try to do my own research to develop something that I get from them.

F: Lets talk about macro photography, are there any special tricks to create these images? Now, I agree your macro photographs look like they come from a DSLR.

I: Hehehe, thats’s what I talked about, probably because in macro photography using a mobile device contains a depth of field on its image.

The way to create macro photography with a mobile device isn’t so hard, it just need a macro lens and patience to get the object with a great moment.

The one thing that feels hard is when you try to catch the object using a macro lens.  You need to hold your breath and try to keep as steady as you possibly can, because when you shake a little it will ruin your image and might cause your photo to be out of focus.

F: What’s your big expectation in mobile photography?

I: Simple thing, I hope people see these photos that are taken using a mobile device as a true art of photography. Photography is not about the device that we use to create it, but about the result that we want to create. In other words, I just hope mobile photography can be more acceptable as a serious art on our society.

F: For photography itself, what is your favorite genre of photography?

I: Actually I don’t choose one genre as a favorite one because the photographs that I take depend on the situations that I faced at that moment. So sometimes, wherever I was, and whatever I saw, I just take the photograph that probably potential to be a great photograph without selecting the objects or subjects that refer to one or some genre(s). Either it was a macro, landscape, still life, street, etc. I just snap, snap, and snap if I found any objects or subjects that I like. My point is I just love photography, anything inside of it.

F: Which one is the best fitted to you: composition, color, and balance when you take a photograph or just take a picture then edit it later to fix the composition, color, and balance?

I: I prefer the first one, but sometimes some photographs that I take must be taken quickly as possible (for an object or subject that only happened once on a lifetime or moments that happened so fast). But normally I concentrate on the elements that create a good photograph such composition, lights, color, etc and do some minor edits after.

F: From a scale of 1 to 10, how important is post-processing for you? 

I: I pick 7 maybe.. Because as we know, we still face some cons on mobile photography such under exposure or blurry images. Then we both know, post-processing was really needed to cover it up and turn a bad image into a great one.

F: Ok, now we’re back to the macro photography.  Where do you usually find objects that you think are good enough for macro photography?

I: The macro objects that I usually take are bugs and sometimes flowers. Wherever the plants are then you can find bugs to capture, so I find these objects in my surroundings such park or bush that have a wild habitat. In there, I can find some unique plants and bugs easily.

F: Do you have any special tips or tricks for macro photography using mobile device?

I: It is simple actually, the most important thing is how to keep your hand still. You have to hold your breath to keep your hand still and sometimes it takes a long time to hold your breath. And about picking a time, choose between morning and afternoon when you decide to hunt some macro photos, because lot of bugs are out at that time.

F: Ok thanks Imam for the interview, keep doing what you believe that you can do with your mobile device a’ight..

I: Yes, I will Fahmi, and thanks for the interview too.

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Imam Fajarie

I work as an interior designer, I love anything that is related to the arts such as photography.

Photography is the way to interpret my vision about beauty, purity, life, etc.

Photography is not about the device that we have or we use, it’s all about the result that come from imaginations.

Photography is about the way we see the world.

Instagram // Blog

Searching for Carcosa

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in #wpphoto, FEATURE | 3 comments

Searching for Carcosa by Joel A

Fifteen years ago, a mid-western young man fell in love with a red-headed Louisiana bayou girl and without a thought left the snow and flat plains behind for the wetlands and pine trees of Louisiana.  Culture shock was a given.

Long before “YOLO”, Louisianans have been marching to the beat of their own drummer, declaring “laissez bon temps rouler”.  Most of the world may hear Louisiana and relive drunken memories of stumbling around Bourbon Street, but New Orleans is but a small part of what makes Louisiana unique.

Recently, a large number of people’s attentions, including my own, have been captured by HBO’s “True Detective” and though the lead actors, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, sizzle, I believe the Louisiana scenery steals the show.

Though filming in and around New Orleans, the director captured the gritty realism far removed from the French Quarter and it’s what contributes to the believability of the story line.  Deep in the marshes of the Louisiana bayou, hidden behind the natural gas plants and oil refineries, you can believe that Carcosa exists.

“He said there’s this place down south, er, all these rich men go to, er, devil worship… He said, er… they sacrifice kids and whatnot, women and children all got, all got, murdered there… and, um, something about some place called Carcosa, and the Yellow King. He said there’s all these like old stones out in the woods, people go to, like, worship… He said, er, he said there’s just so much good killing down there…” –Charlie Lang – “True Detective”

Even I, someone surrounded by the state every day, was drawn into the locations mentioned in the series, I couldn’t wait to grab my Nokia Lumina 1020 and see if I can capture the abandoned, forgotten quality of some of these scenes that make you wonder what could have happened there and why everyone left.

I drove the real locations mentioned in the series, even though the director may have filmed far away, the Creole Nature Trail area which has been ravaged by two major hurricanes in the last ten years.  Areas where FEMA trailers still dot the landscape, alligators outnumber people and sometimes three meals a week served on their dinner tables will consist of seafood caught themselves.

I drove Hwy 31, down by Bayou Teche, through Breaux Bridge, past St Martinville, close to Spanish Lake where the show mentioned the Bunny Ranch existed.  I walked around Lake Martin, past signs warning me not to feed the alligators.

As I drove through some small towns, past derelict buildings, I remember Matthew McConaughey’s character, Rust’s quote from the show, “This place is like someone’s memory of a town, and the memory is fading.”  The Louisiana marsh is disappearing almost as quickly as its population.

Yet the population that remains is determined.  Though the show that inspired this photo trip is steeped in violence, murders and drugs, and I know that these things exist here in Louisiana, as well as everywhere, the people that I encountered were the most welcoming I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  From the young boys crabbing on the dock, wanting me to see the big fish they caught, to the Cajun musicians I stopped to listen to at the Savoy Music Center in Eunice or the owner of the meat market that helped me pick out some of the best stuffed sausage I ever tasted, their Louisiana charm was contagious.  No Yellow King or stick figures in sight, at least not this trip.

A Farewell To iPhoneArt.com (part 3)

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words IPA | 0 comments

iPhoneArt.com (IPA) is a place that has been a huge influence on me, the work there was all top notch and everyone was someone I would consider an artist. The creators of the site, Nate and Daria, have decided to move into another direction with their careers and devote their full attention to something they are more passionate about, printing. And on February 24th the website and community of IPA closed its doors. These are some of the people who wanted to say a few words from their experience with this once great website, accompanied by their favorite photos they once posted to the site.

Curated by Mike H. 

To see the 1000 Words features from IPA.

Fiona Christian

Website // Flickr

I’m so grateful to Nate & Daria for creating IPA. What a wonderful community it has become, with so many wonderful members. Many of these have become great friends. It will be a great loss to the community but exciting to see where it’s headed next. I’m looking forward to re connecting with everyone in one of the many new virtual homes that have popped up as a result of IPA’s demise :)

Andrea Koerner

Flickr // Website // Facebook

I will miss the great people, great art and the great conversations that made up IPA. It was the site to go to for all things mobile art. All the incredible people made you feel welcome, encouraged you and created cutting edge art that inspired and amazed. Nate and Daria created a site that became a community. IPA will be sorely missed.

Brandon Kidwell

Website // AMPt // Eye’Em // Instagram

IPA was a new community to me, I was only involved in the last few months prior to it shutting down but it was one of the best and most focused communities for mobile art. A fantastic environment for sharing and supporting each other’s work, free from boundaries and popular styles. A place to post and be proud of your work and find others to inspire you. My short time at IPA has helped change the way I look at mobile art and for that I’m grateful.

Kerry Spokes

Facebook // Gallery

IPA has given me so much over the last 2 1/2 years. It has been the first place where I have shown my iPhone art, met so many other iPhone artists from around the world and gained a wealth of information from other artists on apps, their uses, competitions and exhibitions and of course the most amazing feed of iphone art to view in the galleries and daily postings. I shall miss this family.

Nina Anderson

IPA was a happy bubble for me, where I met incredibly creative minds and learned so much feeling, always supportive and encouragement. There is nothing like that out there at this moment. I will really miss it.

Robin Robertis

I will miss the whole site,  the studio talk, the sharing in our creative process and most of all the artists i connected with!

Jennifer Sharpe

Website

This is the image that stood as the cover photo for my self-portrait gallery. IPA had some of the most amazing selfies I have ever seen. Asleepundercolumnsoflight (Joel) had a selfies group that would intimidate and impress anyone who stumbled on it. My image was taken with two very basic, but still kicking, apps – it was shot with MegaPhoto in a long exposure mode while I moved, and filtered in Pixlr-o-matic. I had just cut my own hair for the second or third time (have given up going to the salon since), the shortest it’d been for a while, so I was taking liberties not just with photos of myself but also my own appearance. I liked that I had taken the shot while I was blinking, it looked to me as if I were dreaming or thinking about something very intently with my eyes closed so I wouldn’t be distracted, listening to the thoughts in my head, shutting out the world. This self portrait is very indicative of my personality, in so many ways and on so many levels.

So, my blue, multiple exposure, short-haired, eyes closed selfie (not high-res even) ended up getting a lot more attention than I expected as a newbie, and that was a very big welcome for me because the caliber of the IPA community was, and still is, like Olympus to me. Most importantly, the acknowledgment of this photo was grounding for me because it made me feel at home in this community – I experiment all the time, and if nothing else, IPA was a place where people took risks and with abandon. I loved that people shared their apps and their process, as a newbie I learned so much from the metadata associated with others’ works – their explanation of their photos, backstory and process – as well as the Studio Talk discussions, which were THE place I came to first to talk about anything photo related.

I will really miss IPA, but during the time I’ve been there, I became part of a community that continues to stick together, and stands for what is avante-garde, fearless, generous, and joyous in art. My kind of people, completely.

Stripping Down for the Cure

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in ryan v | 0 comments


People run through the streets of West Hollywood in their underwear with great regularity. My man at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station couldn’t give me round numbers, but he said that on an average day it’s more than two and less than twenty. “Unless Charlie Sheen’s in the neighborhood and then all bets are off.”

But February 15th was extraordinary, even by the clearly casual local standards. Cupid’s Undie Run sent a hundred-or-so mildly sloshed Angelenos on a mile(ish) run around the borders of West Hollywood Park in their delicates. All in service of a greater good, of course–the event raised much-needed funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

This was clearly an event that called for Total Coverage. I am, after all, a diligent amateur journalist.

The people I spoke with were not running in anyone’s memory or to support sick family or friends, they were there as a simple act of charity. Alcohol and quasi-nudity were also persuasive inducements. The pre-race cocktail session lasted substantially longer than the race itself and I’ve no doubt that the post-race celebration eclipsed the New York Marathon both in terms of duration and casualties.

Drunken titillation aside, the cause couldn’t be more worthy. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Photos shot with an iPhone 4S and Nokia Lumia 920. Processed in Snapseed and VSCOcam.

A Farewell To iPhoneArt.com (part 2)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words IPA | 0 comments

iPhoneArt.com (IPA) is a place that has been a huge influence on me, the work there was all top notch and everyone was someone I would consider an artist. The creators of the site, Nate and Daria, have decided to move into another direction with their careers and devote their full attention to something they are more passionate about, printing. And on February 24th the website and community of IPA closed its doors. These are some of the people who wanted to say a few words from their experience with this once great website, accompanied by their favorite photos they once posted to the site.

Curated by Mike H. 

To see the 1000 Words features from IPA.

Allison Pistohl

Flickr

IPA was the first site I found dedicated to mobile art. I loved that a lot of artist listed what apps they used to create their work. I knew nothing about iPhoneography before finding IPA. I used it as my guidebook and it quickly become my favorite spot to post work, read studio talks, browse galleries. It became my home.

I’ve looked around, at a lot of other sites, nothing compares to IPA

IPA literally changed my life. It opened a whole new world of possibilities for me. I am so grateful to Nat and Daria for the amazing opportunities. I am so grateful for the amazing artists that I have met there. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next chapter for IPA. It’s a very exciting place to be. Cheers to you all! What an amazing community to be a part of!

Meg Greene Malvasi

Website 1 // Website 2

It was wonderful to be a part of this community. The incredible talent and creativity that I saw helped inspire me to push, pull, and experiment with my own work. I learned more about the amazing possibilities of phoneography than I could have hoped.

I will miss IPA

Petyr Campos

IPA // Flickr // Eye’Em // IG

So what does IPA mean to me and what will I miss?  One word, “home”. I joined IPA in Nov. 2011 and was instantly and warmly welcomed. I recall being amazed, inspired and challenged by the creativity of the work posted there. The studio talks always offered interesting and intelligent conversations as well as some heated debates which gave the site a liveliness I appreciated. Finally, what I will most miss about IPA is the people. You can’t have a site without a community and IPA has/had the best community of people of all the photo sharing sites I’ve been a member of. The community offered a very nurturing community of artist who have become my friends and helped me grow and mature as something I would have never considered or called myself in the past, an artist. Finally, there aren’t too many people in this world who I can truly say have had an impact on my life, but Nate and Daria are in that select group of individuals. The IPA will forever be a place I have the fondest memories of, that of home.

Tracy Munson

Website

Although I have not been all that active on IPA recently, I’m saddened that it will be gone. It was such a great place to find inspiration and support. Although my artistic interests have taken me in other directions lately, it was definitely the IPA community that first made me feel like what I was doing had any artistic merit or relevancy at all. I’d hate to be unable to find some of the amazing artists whose work I have admired on IPA and I’m so glad that the community is stepping up and finding ways to keep in touch.

Donna Brown

Website // Flickr // Twenty20 // Facebook

What I loved most about IPA: The inspiration and education I got from other artist. Inspiration. Did I say INSPIRATION?!

 

Karen Messick

Website

It is with great sadness to  me, that IPA will no longer exist as a site, image hosting, community, promoting, sharing and growing the ART of the iPhone. Over the years I have grown in my work, with the group, sharing processes, new apps, answering and asking questions and in general found IPA to not only be a site for sharing your work, gaining feedback and being inspired by the work of others but an educational site as a result of all the great artists who openly gave advice and inspiration pushing the art to new levels.

As an educator I always advised students to search IPA for the amazing possibilities of the iPhone as a tool for image creation by the amazingly talented artists on the IPA site. It has been a very unique site and soooooooo well done!!!

It is sad to see it go. I am so grateful to all those artists that shared and to Nate and Daria for their initiative to create and manage the site over the years! I hope to see everyone online in some web sharing site for iPhone Art! But there will never be another IPA! Nate and Daria should be so proud of what they have done!!

Elsa Brenner

Google+

Once I realized I could make images with a mobile phone, there was no stopping, no looking back longingly at my DSLR. I found IPA and, with it, fellow iphoneographers who shared the same passion. It was a wonderful place to hang out, contribute work and study the images of those far more experienced than I was. I learned so much from them. But iPhoneArt.com as such has now ended, and I miss it — although I’m enjoying meeting the other wonderful crazy, passionate iphoneographers out there.

This is an end and a beginning at the same time.

For the love of Punk and Photos…

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in #wpphoto, FEATURE | 1 comment

For the love of Punk and Photos… by David Norbut

A fifteen year old boy in an apartment building in Tampa, Florida is jumping around his bedroom singing at the top of his lungs making the needle skip on the turntable. Singing every word to an AVAIL record, dreaming it was him singing it to the crowd. Or perhaps just wishing he was in the crowd, longing for an escape. I have spent many a nights packed into firehalls, basements, theaters, you name it. I lived for going to shows. I lived for buying the records, the t-shirts, the patches of my heroes, my favorite bands. My friends and I would drive for miles to catch Fugazi, Hot Water Music, Avail and so many others… There was nothing like buying a record at your local record store never having heard it, this was before the days of Spotify and iTunes.  Memorizing every word then seeing and hearing it live and every person in that room is screaming every word with you.  It’s a hard feeling to describe and there are so many nights I will never forget. The best part is, now thanks to Spotify and iTunes with a click of the mouse I can be transported right back to those nights.

 As long as I’ve been interested in photography I have always felt compelled to shoot music.  The music had and still has such a grip on me, I’m easily drawn to capturing it. Trying to capture the right moment in a song or a band or musician in a real moment. It has long been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Two great worlds combined. There are a few things that directly come to mind when I think about what it takes to capture music or musicians, especially live. The big one is ANTICIPATION. If you know a song, if you know a breakdown is coming or a chorus where the crowd is really coming alive, you know to be ready to get “the shot.” Another big thing is to try to catch interactions between the musicians and even the interactions between musician and audience. There is a beautiful thing going on during a live show, there is a lot of love there. That’s the emotional side of it. In my opinion if you don’t have some emotion or love for what you are doing it’s just going to fall flat. But emotion or feeling aren’t enough. The tool and the technique also play a big role. In this case I’m writing this article about the Nokia Lumia 1020. I want to share my experiments and experience shooting live music with this device. First off and most importantly it shoots better in low light then any other mobile device I have used. We all know when shooting live music that is a huge advantage because 9 times out of 10 shooting music there is no flash photography allowed. Unless of course we are taking photos at punk rock shows, which I just happened to be shooting for this article. Most folks in underground bands couldn’t care less if you use a flash. So during this particular show, I was shooting two bands that had long time friends of mine in each band. So I decided shoot one band with no flash to put the low light shooting to the test and for the other I would fire the flash for each photo.

I shot everything with a Nokia Lumia 1020 through the Proshot app. I found when the light was strong enough the lowlight shooting went well, you have to play with the exposure a bit, but the Proshot app makes that easy. As for the flash, make sure its allowed in the situation and give it a go. Remember anticipation and emotion.

 VERSES NARROW, Nokia Lumia 1020, No flash

EASY CREATURES, Lumia 1020, Flash fired

EASY CREATURES, Nokia Lumia 1020, Flashed fired

VERSES NARROW, Nokia Lumia 1020, No flash

hear the tunes…

EASY CREATURES

VERSES NARROW

The Mobile Camera Club Gallery Opening

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

The Mobile Camera Club Opening of the first 3.0 gallery Paris, March 6 2014

For its inauguration, the Mobile Camera Club gallery will host the second edition of Mobile Photo Paris from March 6 to March 29 2014. One exhibition, two openings:

Thursday, March 6Mob 2014 from 6 PM Sunday

March 16 from 3 PM Mobile Camera Club

Located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

Image by Nettie Edwards

 Mobile Camera Club will exhibit mobile photography in all its forms. The name of the gallery is a tribute to camera clubs and photographic societies, which were the real “test kitchens” of the early photographic years. It is also a reference to Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer and gallery-owner born 150 years ago, who was a real talent scout, a forward-thinking artist, and a staunch defender of photography as a fine art in its own right. At Mobile Camera Club, you will find art prints for sale, either mounted or framed, or not.

The gallery will also provide lectures and workshops to help you use your smartphone as an effective camera, and make the best use of photography apps. It aims to become a reference spot for mobile arts. 2 Mobile Photography The undisciplined granddaughter of traditional photography, mobile photography, made with a smartphone, celebrates the rise of a new generation of digital artists and the era of photography 3.0.

Image by Jean-Christophe Polgar 

Amid the flood of amateur snapshots captured on the go and posted on social networks, there is gradually emerging a truly creative artistic movement, which is inventing a new photographic language. Its thirst for experimentation and freedom and its unorthodox ways are shaking up artistic dogmas and aesthetic boundaries. Mobile Camera Club offers a real place for expression to this silent and virtual revolution. Mobile Photo Paris Mobile Photo Paris is an event that brings together photographers, professional or amateur, whose styles and approaches are different but who share the same tool, their phone, which they find high-tech, fun, and innovative. From 21 to 25 November 2012, the first exhibition at the Bastille Design Center showcased over one hundred works produced only with smartphones.

 Image by Amy Leibrand

Mobile Photo Paris celebrates its 2nd edition at the new gallery Mobile Camera Club. The 11 exhibiting artists:

Nadine Benichou, Catriona Donagh, Stéphanie Dupont, Philippe Durand Gerzaguet, Cécile Edelist, Nettie Edwards, Lénaïc Entremont, Yann Lebecque, Amy Leibrand, Jean-Christophe Polgár, Gilles Saulnier.

Mobile Camera Club

56 rue La Bruyère 75009 Paris

Tel: +33 (0) 695 287 810

Image by  Catriona Donagh

A Farewell To iPhoneArt.com (Part 1)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words IPA | 2 comments

iPhoneArt.com (IPA) is a place that has been a huge influence on me, the work there was all top notch and everyone was someone I would consider an artist. The creators of the site, Nate and Daria, have decided to move into another direction with their careers and devote their full attention to something they are more passionate about, printing. And on February 24th the website and community of IPA closed its doors. These are some of the people who wanted to say a few words from their experience with this once great website, accompanied by their favorite photos they once posted to the site.

Curated by Mike H. 

To see the 1000 Words features from IPA.

Joel Adam

Flickr // We Are Juxt // AMPt // Backspaces // VSCO

I’m not going to get all sappy because that ain’t my style.  I will say that IPA is what got me into mobile art photography and for that I’m eternally grateful. I’ve met many talented artists who became friends, teachers, and overall inspiration.

Nate and Daria, you created a wonderful haven for artists that will never be duplicated. Thanks for giving us all the chance to be a part of something special. I wish you well with the new transition and hope to be included. Take care, kids!

Cecily Caceu

Flickr // Instagram

Like many of us, I first found IPA by doing a Google search for iPhone photography.  I joined back in April of 2011, which now seems like a very long time ago. I immediately signed up and saw such stunning artwork. I have been on Flickr since 2005 but the artwork I saw on IPA had a much different feel and frankly I was a bit intimidated.

It is here that I learned about the world of apps through the generous sharing of information from photographers from all over the world! I have made so many wonderful friends here and feel deeply indebted to you all, as well as Nate and Daria for keeping this site going.

Thank you all for your support, love, friendship and encouragement over the years and for sharing so openly all of your tricks of the trade. I would not be here today if it were not for your friendships and our common love of nurturing our creative spirits! I’d like to think that we are not saying goodbye but that we are simply moving to a different house. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone.

Bobbi McMurry

Website // Flickr // Eye’Em // Instagram // Facebook

I had only just discovered IPA about 6 months ago and loved the warm community of it’s members, the quality of artwork and the inspiration I found in that community. When I had a free moment, I could frequently be found looking through the amazing gallery both in general and of specific members. I also loved the “studio talk” section and hearing what other members had to say and getting to know the members a little better while also learning about the genre in general.  So sad to see it go, but also looking forward to what Nate and Daria will bring in the future.

Monica Matteuzzi

Twitter // Google+ // Instagram // Behance // Tumblr // Pinterest

It was at the beginning of 2011 that I came across iPhoneArt.com. The website  layout  was clean and effective. Its main features – to show personal work, to organize series, to create groups – were the perfect starting point. But above all I appreciated the spirit of the community: it was a place to read useful hints, thoughtful and observant comments,  to improve personal vision and play with the world of photo apps. When Iphoneart lost Nacho Cordova, one of its most supportive and creative members, I then realized how much I was involved in it. That’s why it is hard now to write something about its disappearing. I want to say “thanks” to all iphonographers I knew in IPA and to Nate and Daria, the co-founder, for this rewarding experience. I’ll stay connect with your next projects!

Jennifer Bracewell

Website // Flickr // Tumblr // Twitter

I found IPA a few years ago. I was in awe of the art showcased there. As I became more deeply immersed in the community, I found the people to be kind, generous, funny and talented. A wonderful bunch. I’ll miss everyone and the site that brought us together, iPhoneArt. I wish Nate and Daria the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Susan Tuttle

Website // Flickr // Instagram // Facebook

I wanted to thank Nate and Daria for providing such an incredible resource in the form of IPA to both promote and encourage the work of mobile artists around the globe. IPA was my go-to site for connecting with fellow mobile artists — sharing our work, discussing information on apps and accessories, and learning about opportunities for contests and exhibits. I will miss IPA and am grateful for the time I was able to spend with you all there.

David Rondeau

Flickr // Eye’Em // Tumblr // Instagram // Facebook

IPA was like a corner pub or a neighborhood cafe to me. I’m sure that sounds strange, but whenever I wandered in, there was someone I wanted to hang out with. Yes, they had the same interests, but more importantly, they were genuinely nice, wonderful people that were a joy to be around. They were never judgmental and they never made me feel inferior. This was something I hadn’t felt since art school—a sense of belonging and common purpose.

When I heard it was shutting down, I felt a deep sense of loss. It was a visceral shock! It was no different than hearing that the local cafe, where you hung out with all your artist friends, was shutting its doors. That doesn’t mean IPA was perfect. It was actually an unpolished mess that was painfully difficult to use—compared to other photo sites. But that was OK, its faults could be easily overlooked because it was worth it! When you’re talking about a place that makes you feel like you BELONG, none of those things really matter.

What exactly made this virtual space so special? Here are four things I’ll really miss:

There may be an abundance of photography sites on the internet, but none could compare in quality with IPA. Whenever I wandered in, I knew I would find art that was amazing, beautiful, clever, funny, challenging, inspiring, and so much more. It always drove me to be better.

I’ll miss the helpful advice on all things related to photography: information about apps, printing photos, entering competitions, and everything else I didn’t even know that I needed to know. It was an invaluable source of knowledge because the community was selfless and eager to share what it knew. So much so, that Studio Talk was the only discussion forum that I faithfully looked at every single post. Every single one.

IPA was also a great place to “meet” other photographers and have real conversations. Everyone was welcoming! It was easy to strike up conversations, even with people whose talent inspired or even intimidated you. It was easy because everyone shared the same passion and the same sense of common purpose.

I’ll also miss Andrew Proudlove’s group, Breaking New Ground. It was a fantastic group of people always encouraging and pushing each other to explore an app and push the boundaries of creativity. I learned so much about myself and was constantly amazed by everyone’s endless creativity.

Like all before us who have lost a corner pub or neighborhood cafe, we too have lost our communal space. But we have not lost our friendships or our memories, and most importantly, we have not lost our common purpose! Thank you to Nate and Daria for everything you did to create and foster this special place! Without you, this would have never existed. And thank you to all who roamed these virtual halls—you filled IPA with the magic that it made it special.

Flickr 1000 Words Showcase 71

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words Flickr | 1 comment

My dearest, welcome to yet another week of greatness. This time we have fallen for the artistic super effects, the master of editing and creating and super-imposing and the wizards of the FXing. These people know how to render the normal and the ordinary into extraordinary feasts for the eyes! Hidden deep within we can find powerful messages that are embedded in their work and this is truly one of the aspect of photography that I love. One image only suffice to tell a 1000 words’  story, so let us start looking and feeling and reading and be amazed at what we see!

A special thanks to all of you that are supporting me and for you encouragement, which I truly appreciate!

yours,

D.C.

Malaysian Dancer by Tuba Korhan
Last month I came across to a group of Malaysian dancers in a mall. They are dancing in their traditional costumes to generate publicity for an airline company. After the show ended I asked one of them if she could pose for a couple of shots. She was very kind and accepted my request with a beautiful smile. In this portrait I tried to emphasize her beauty and warm smile. In order to get rid of the crowded background I decided to create a new one. The inspiration came from the artificial orchids on her hair. I used a few different orchid photos, which I had captured before. I edited the new background and her portrait separately, as if these were two different photos and then composed the images on Leonardo app. The other apps I used through my process is Snapseed, Facetune, Tangled, Autopainter and Pxlrexpress+.

//  Flickr // IPA //

Picasso by Giancarlo Beltrame

This image is part of a new series that is taking me a lot in the beginning of 2014 – One, no, a hundred thousand – whose title was inspired by a novel by the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello. It takes some themes very dear to me: the presence and the memory of works of art that moved me a lot, the mask as the contemporary human condition, the eye as the seat of the look that leads to knowledge.

The title of artwork is ” Picasso “. It is a digital collage. The base is a self-portrait taken with Hipstamatic for iPhone in front of the famous painting by Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon ” at Moma in New York. From my library of shots I then recovered the lips, eyes (two different, one is mine and the other is a female), a flower transformed into a little and bizarre hat.

If the mask is an inner journey in meanders of my mind, the cubist painting by Picasso makes good of the multiplicity of forms of my psyche, which gathers together different aspects of the same personality.

All this work has been done by working with Superimpose. I then researched the color tone that I liked with PS Express and PhotoCopier

// Flickr //

Lifecycle 3 by Dani Salvadori

Taken in Hipstamatic. Lens: Americana,  Film: Robusta, Flash: Redeye Gel. Slight sharpening in Filterstorm Neue, slight touch up in Touch/Retouch

Story behind the image: My father died a few weeks ago after a long illness, coincidentally 2 days after I had finished a year long story-telling project on Backspaces. The two events have combined to almost paralyse my image-making; the only thing that seems to motivate me is chronicling the demise of the flowers I’ve been given since my father’s death. This image is from a bunch of tulips I received in early January. I love tulips because they start off straight-laced but end up wild. This one has a particularly fleshy intensity that is almost sexual; a last burst of life before the end.

// Backspaces // Flickr // IG // eyeem //

El primer Episode (The First Episode) by Ana Villanueva.

The red line between women and men as a sign that something may be wrong. What is the price to pay for not feeling lonely?

The story behind:

The “Family Mandates” Series speaks of all impositions we received since we were children. My intention is to express that happiness consists in doing what one feels independent from social mandates. Destroy preconceptions to live in freedom.

// facebook // Flickr //

The Cereal Killer by Cedric Blanchon

This photo is the sequel of my photo overconsumption, the same concept, object and food is mix with the human body, the first speak of overconsumption, this one is more surrealism I think, the title is a tribute to the movie Henry portrait of a serial killer, suicide with cereal, milk and cereals replaces blood and brains. I use superimpose, Snapseed, vfx studio, afterlight apps.

// iPhoneArt // EyeEm // IG //  flickr // Facebook // tumblr // Website //

(A fantastic complete step-by-step tutorial of this photo is going to be published very soon, so watch this space!)

1000 Words Facebook Showcase v3, March 2014

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in 1000 Words, 1000 Words Facebook | 0 comments

Here is the much awaited second edition of our Facebook 1000 words showcase — the first of 2014 and sure to wow you!

We Are Juxt believes that mobile photographers/ artists tell stories through the photographs/ images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today.

We want to support the mobile arts community by having a place for artists to share, discuss, and critique (if requested by individual). These dialogues help the individuals and the community to grow.

We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/ arts community. To submit your work click here.

My curation of these images was determined by the emotional appeal I felt at first glance and how, through their complex simplicity, all of these images, keep on giving. You’ll recognize the names of some of these well-established artists but there are a couple of new/emerging mobile visionaries in this mix. Their work continues to inspire me and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about their creative process.– Mansi Bhatia 

Madeleine by Liam Fitzpatrick

“Madeleine” by Liam Fitzpatrick
Flickr // Instagram // Facebook

This is a photo of my wife, Madeleine. The original was a straightforward iPhone image, taken candidly in a dimly lit bar during a pensive moment. She is leaning back in the seat, resting her head on a wall, and, believe it or not, listening to my father-in-law on the phone.

I didn’t do anything with this image for quite some time, until I became interested, as many of us are, in more painterly edits of my work. When I began looking for images to treat in this way, I recalled this portrait and felt that her expression lent itself perfectly to an almost Medieval, icon-like edit (minus the phone she was holding of course).

The apps used were simply Retouch, Repix and DistressedFX.

 

After Summer Comes the Fall

“After Summer Comes the Fall” by Rebecca Cornwell

Twitter // Instagram

Originally shot for Hipstaroll week 98 with the Lucifer VI lens and C-type plate film.
I cropped and then ran the new image through the Decim8 app. In thinking about aging–which I do a lot now–the emerging darkness made me think of mortality and approaching the end of our lives. I added the fall leaves from an additional shot in Superimpose.

 

Re birth
“Re birth” by Emma Amar

Facebook // Instagram // EyeEm

I love trying new styles, new apps for working different types of edits. This pic interpretation is called “re birth.” For my process, I used “standby” for the shot. I chose two pics and adjusted with “oggl” for the filter, then went into “Paintfx”, blended my two pictures together and lastly added “afterlight” dusty et voilà … It was my moody day!

 

Metropolis

“Metropolis” by Cedric Blanchon
IPA // Instagram // Flickr // Facebook

I used Noir, Blender and Decim8 apps. I made a series of pictures of me with tree branches blended in my skin. It has been finalized with Decim8 and the look of this photo reminds me of Robot Metropolis of Fritz Lang.

 

A Silent Conversation with Myself
“A Silent Conversation with Myself” (part of the “Stop Whispering” series) by Natali Prosvetova
Website // Facebook // IPA // Twitter // Eyeem // Pinterest // Flickr // Instagram

Apps Used:
SlowShutter
Filterstorm
Blender
RetroCamera
Tintype
OsmoAntique

Backstory: Since I didn’t set a formal date for the my shoot, I could not foresee some things, such as a low light. I have a number of different reasons to shoot some of my pics using the Slow shutter app. A huge bonus of shooting via Slow shutter is that it really allows to shoot in very low light. On the other hand, any kind of camera shake or just slight movement will blur your shot. So, if you do not want to get this, you should use your tripod! But, experimenting with intentional camera movement using slow shutter is another great creative way to turn your pics into lovely pieces of art, since motion blur can be very artistic. Some such images are included in my “Stop Whispering” series. I guess, it is undeniable that they did good work on me! It was my very first shooting with this model and I was unsure about the features. So, I allowed myself to fool around, just “play”, by telling the stories, which could help to create the right mood and help the model. I have to say, that finally I was more than pleased with the result.Some additional images captured in the same way are also included in the rest of my “Stop Whispering” series.

 

Rays of the Sun
“Rays of the Sun” by Dilshad Corleone
Website // Instagram // Flickr // Twitter // Facebook

The photo was taken during the  In a Day Worldwide Shoot, organised by WeAreJuxt. That day, actually, I had a long hospital appointment and very little time to shoot, three hours or so in-between the two appointments. It was around 6:50 a.m. … not a single cloud and a beautiful sun. Hats are always something that intrigue me, so as soon I saw the gentleman I was all over him. I followed him for a while then I shot two different ones: this one was taken directly with the sun behind him. I was trying to create a silhouette, never expected all these wonderful rays and glares.

For the editing, the usual suspects: snapseed, VSCOcam, biglens and Filterstorm.

 

May You Dance Through This Holiday Season With Joy
“May You Dance Through This Holiday Season With Joy” by Heather McAlister
Instagram // Flickr

While we’ve seen media coverage of the polar vortex in much of the northern U.S., California has remained in a state of perpetual summer. These things worry and sadden me. “With luck, it might even snow for us,” from Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, is the passage that I originally posted with this image. When choosing photos to blend, images to create, I draw from the emotions that I find difficult to translate in our everyday existence. This is my prayer for rain, snow, and all things balanced in nature. Dancing self-portrait taken on a tripod with a timer in Slowshutter, automatic setting, 0.5 shutter speed. Background taken on a visit to Yosemite last February with Hipstamatic, BlackeysSupergrain and Tinto1884. Images merged using Blender. Texture/snow noise added in Mextures.

Exposure: A Mobile Photography Exhibition

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Co-founded by Amy Leibrand (@_thisspace_) and Daniel Colvin (CS Gallery), EXPOSURE: A Mobile Photography Exhibition is a juried exhibit held each March at CS Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The first exhibit in 2013 was a resounding success despite a power outage during the opening reception that fittingly left patrons to view the artworks by the light of their smartphones.

Dates for the 2014 exhibit are set for March 15 – 26, 2014, with the opening reception 7-10 pm, Saturday, March 15.

The annual exhibit features the work of 60 new and acclaimed artists — split about evenly between Ohio and global artists – whose diverse views and voices are expressed through mobile devices. EXPOSURE illustrates the limitless possibilities of mobile art, shatters preconceived notions about the genre, and demonstrates that a desire to push boundaries can spark a global movement to redefine photography.

 

Ohioans: Adam Elkins | @bigmanjapan Amy Hafner | @amysreflections Caroline Kraus | @blurry_st Chad Cochran | @cowtownchad Christen McFarland | @Xris10 Christina Mayberry | @mayberrygirl1999 Donna Estep | @donnaestep Emily Rush | @ulterior_images Eve Hermann | @eveher Gwenn Danae | @uponadaydreamer Hannah Conley Jared Gibbons | @jaredsgibbons Jay Ross | @jayross1979 Jenn Brewster Jennifer Bender | @JennBender Jimmy Balough | @jimmybalough Justin Fitch | @photofitch Kate Sweeney | @kate_sweeney Lindsey Hogle | @linzho Mark Koenig | @unikoen Megan Corwin | @megancorwin Melanie Schmitt | @maschmitt15 Nicholas Carron | @njcarron Patrick McColgan | @mccpaddy Sue Milling | @suemilling Tim Courlas | @durtball Vanessa Langhurst | @venus2828 Vickie Nelson W.E. Arnold | @wearnold Yana Mikho-Misho | @mikhomisho

The Rest of the World: Ale Di Gangi | @ale2000 | Italy Barbara duBois | USA Caroline MacMoran | USA Cathrine Halsor | Norway Cindi Hobgood | @cindihobgood | USA Cristian Margarita | @Frelu | Italy Dani Salvadori | @danisalvadori | England Dewey Thomas | @deweythomas_sf | USA Fiona Christian | England Gianluca Ricoveri | Italy Gizem Karayavuz | @gizemkarayavuz | Turkey Glenn Homann | @soul_engine | Australia Heather McAlister | @poppybay | USA Helge Jorgensen | @helgejorgensen | Denmark Jacqueline Gaines | USA Jade (Brooks) French | England Janine Graf | @janine1968 | USA Jeanette Serrat | USA Jen L. Phillips | @eelnej | USA Jennifer Bracewell | @jenbeez | USA Lanie Heller | @Momma2maxh | USA Lisa Waddell | @lisamjw | USA Mel Harrison | @MahoganyTurtle | Australia Michelle Robinson | @michmutters | Australia Paul Brown | @skipology | England Rinkey Boleman | USA Roger Guetta | @draman | Canada Stephane Arnaud | @frommywindows | France Veevs Hanson | @Veevs | England Whiispa | @whiispa | Australia

A Journey in The Surreal World

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Dilshad, FEATURE, Featured Articles | 14 comments

A Journey in The Surreal World of Cedric Blanchon by Dilshad Corleone

Cedric Blanchon “displays incredible dexterity as a traditional photographer whose imagination and skill with apps seems to have no boundaries. His strong personal messages are cryptic, disturbing, thought-provoking, and sometimes even witty.” The surreal seems to be the driving force behind Blanchon’s photos, each and every photo of his can be read in many different ways, for they are intricately embedded with an intrinsic meaning, or that is what I feel. I was truly honored when Cedric accepted my interview request. He is the man of the moment, and yet he is one humble, down to earth person that you will ever meet, so without much a do, Ladies and Gentlemen, please do welcome the winner of the 2013 Mobile Photography Award Grand Prize: Cedric Blanchon!

Henry, portrait of a cereal killer

DC- You are the man of the moment, and I am incredibly honoured to be able to interview you here! I came across your photo much before your great win at the Mobile Photography Award, and my true congratulations for that! As soon I saw your photos I was completely taken and although I have read and seen some of your incredible tutorials, I still cannot understand how you manage to create such amazing works of art, but we will talk about this just in a bit! To start with, however, I would love to know who truly is Cedric Blanchon, what can you tell us about yourself?

CB- So I shall introduce myself, my name is Cedric Blanchon I’m 34 years old, I have two children, I live in Troyes in France (approximately 200km from Paris), it is only just 2 years that I have started iPhoneography, and this has changed my life!

Smoking will kill me

DC- What is it that you do as your day job? Are you a professional graphic designer or a photographer?

­CB- Oh no, not at all, I work in a real estate agency, I am a painter decorator, my days are like everyone’s else, except that I’m taking photos with my smartphone, it allows me to express myself, to be creative with this form of art I found a means of expression and to share with others, it’s like therapy for me, some will see a psychiatric, me I’m doing mobilephotography!

Follow me (the Brainwasher series)

DC- So how did photography entered in your life? What made you start snapping?

CB- One day I bought an iPhone, I was amazed by the capabilities of this device, at first I was doing short films for fun, I had fun to cut my movies, and then as I have always loved photography (when I was younger I had a polaroid) I started taking pictures, mainly in the street, at the beginning in black and white, I discovered the photo-sharing networks, and many incredible photographer and artist. I have always been imaginative and there I started to put myself on stage (I hadn’t much choice, I had only me as a model) and the editing always amused me!

Lose yourself in my mind (the Brainwasher series)

DC- When and what made you realise that the iPhone had great potential for what you wanted to do? What was, of course, if you remember the very first photograph that you took with your mobile and what device did you have at that time?

CB- I had an iphone4s, this is the beginning of my series Poladream, I simulate the grip of a pola, and I created some fun things with the phone, some of these were also surreal. It is at this point that I realized the potential of the iPhone and all the apps available; moreover, I believe that the imagination is very important. I had many very positive turns and this has pushed me further. For me this was really the beginning of everything that I’ve subsequently created

Poladream

DC- I have purchased your E-book on the iBook Store, what a fantastic collection of street, black and white and coloured photographs, and while some of those are apped, however, these photographs are quite classic street takes, daily life, truly poignant moments by all means, and yet there is a significant difference with your recent work, so before we go into this, can you tell me more about your street photography:

DC- What is it that you want to show?

CB- I love street photography; I am a big fan of Robert Doisneau. Street photography is special, to capture moments of life is not easy, I have always wanted to show (especially on my ebook) the face and soul of hidden cities, most people show the Eiffel tower its many reflections in a puddle of water, it is very pretty and aesthetic but I prefer to show and photograph those who sleep under the bridges, not far away from the Eiffel Tower, you can see this in many of my photos, especially in my series the corporation for example. I always loved those who wanted to show the hidden things, we live in a world which I don’t find very pretty and to denounce it is a good thing, even if it is most of the time useless, with regards to the ebook, I would like to thank Tribegram and its creator Severine  Mydame on IG, and thank you for having purchased it.

Macadam Chroniques

DC- You are more than welcome! I really loved it! Are you still into street-photography? Or, do you think you are moving away from it?

CB- I always take street photos, although less, I love experimenting with all genres and I do not want to be put into a box, I like to be surprised, and streetphotography will always do that to me!

Up

DC- where do you go to catch your preys? Is there any particular location that you love and you keep going?

CB- I love taking pictures when there is fog for example, I do not really have a special place, I just need to feel it, however, when I go to Paris, I love taking photos in the streets, many of my photos of street (part of my ebook) are taken ​​in Paris.

And we go leave in smoke our past memories

DC- what do you think that makes a perfect street photo?

CB- For me a good street photography is successful when you can smell the street.

Desperate house clothing

DC- HA!! BEST ANSWER EVER! Your recent work is just Magnificent! Surreal, to say the least; and the introduction to your work at the Mobile Photography Award page says that you: “display incredible dexterity as a traditional photographer whose imagination and skill with apps seems to have no boundaries. His strong personal messages are cryptic, disturbing, thought-provoking, and sometimes even witty.” I cannot but agree with every single word, so, my first question on this would be, how did you came across this style?

CB- I think I’ve always had this style in me, I kind a like experimenting with the surreal, dark humor, maybe I dare to do things that others do not dare. Cinema has had a huge influence on me and I try to reproduce that feel into my photos and through my work.

Human after all

DC- There is a strong story line and as they have mentioned it: there seems to be a personal message, which is quite cryptic, murky, incredibly thought provoking, and yet, at times disturbing, combined with a dark sense of humor. What is it that you are trying to say?

CB- it really depends, for the series of the corporation, I was heavily influenced by the black and white film Erasehead by David Lynch, the World of David Cronenberg and Shinya Tsukamoto, Franz Kafka and George Orwell and the movie la Jetée by Chris Marker, something dark, a futuristic universe where man is dependent of the machinery. The photos in this series depict the pipe and the organic hole, a mixture of technology and flesh, ultimately are always technologies like TV for example, that I try to condemn and criticize, I try to say be careful don’t be too dependent on it, the new videodrome series, or the brainwasher series talk about this being dependent. My photos also talk about the place of human beings in our society, what makes us human?

Need holyday?

DC- Yes, what does really make us Humans… You are your own model, can you tell us more about the process of photo taking involved to create this work?

CB- I put myself on scene because I do not have anyone else to use.., I use camera + for its timer, I love to stage objects, it is very important to place some objects in my photos, as organic pipe that actually exists, I love those tinkering objects found after that in my photos

Overcomsuption

DC- How do you see the world around yourself?

CB- Let’s say I have a pretty dark vision of the future, but I believe in humans (some of my photos represent a fetus), I think my black humor comes from it, I prefer to laugh otherwise I would just cry.

Smoky Portrait

DC- The surreal seems to be the driving force behind these photos, any source of inspiration? Each and every single photo of yours can be read in many different ways, for they are intricately embedded with an intrinsic meaning, or that is what I feel.. can you elaborate on this a little?

CB- The sources of my photos are mentioned earlier in the interview, for example overconsumption picture, there are two reading, or even three, first humor, surrealism, and then you can see a review on our consumer society, to want to eat too, literally we vomit, to want too possess things, these things eventually possess us!

The hunt is open

DC- That’s deep! I would love to see a complete tutorial of one photo that you are most fond off, would you like to make me happy?

CB- Yes of course with pleasure, I made a tutorial for: Henry’s portrait of a cereal killer; but I think the idea it’s most important than the edit.

Too fast

DC- I completely agree, the idea is always more important than the edit! Although the edit is amazing and we will be posting it separately. Have you thought what is going to happen next? It, surely, is going to be a busy year for you, where do you want to take your work? What would you like to achieve?

CB- I Continue doing what I love, I am currently working for an exhibition at the Paul Toussaint empty space gallery, I wanted to show my work in real, a little out of the digital sphere and show my photos in galleries, it’s very important to me.

Unilateral selection

DC- Where can we find you?

CB iPhoneArt, EyeEm (EyeEm has created the eyeem market and people will be able to buy my photos online at the website) IG, flickr, Facebook, tadaa, tumblr, Website: http://www.cedricblanchon.com

Yes i know! my umbrella is pink!

DC- Is there anything that you would like to mention, or that I haven’t covered?

CB- No. Just perfect, this is the best interview I’ve done, This is the first time someone has bought my Ebook for an interview and to see all my work, thank you so much!

You also sell your chilhood memories ( the corporation series)

It was the best purchase in a long time, so I am the one that say Thank you ever so much for your time! And again, congratulations for your great win!

Your sexual hologram is ready

Nokia Lumia 1020 : An Essential Quick Start Guide

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in #wpphoto, FEATURE | 3 comments

Nokia Lumia 1020 : An Essential Quick Start Guide by Josh St. Germain

If you’re like me, you like to skip the instructions and learn about a new gadget through trial and error (followed by finally giving in and Googling tutorials and forums). That’s the approach I took when I got the Nokia Lumia 1020 in my hands. I did it mainly to test how user-friendly it was compared to other mobile devices I had shot with. I also just like to tinker and discover things on my own. That often leads to finding tricks, shortcuts, and strategies that I can later share with other users. This article is exactly that.  I’m sharing with you,  the most valuable tips and tricks I’ve discovered while using the 1020. Hopefully this can help you skip a bit of the trial and error and just get to making amazing images. Let’s start at the beginning,  before you even think of snapping a shot…

1. Set the camera button and lock screen options to your advantage :  You never know when you’ll see a moment develop that you want to capture. The time it takes you to get your phone into your hand and to open the camera app needs to be as small as possible. One of the absolute best features of the 1020 is the dedicated camera button. It let’s you half-press the button to trigger auto focus and then full press to capture, much like any pro camera out there. That’s not the best part though. There is a setting to allow you to directly open the camera by holding the camera button down when your phone is locked. Here’s a screenshot of the setting I have -

The other setting that is important is the “screen timeout” length and the “require a password after”. When you are walking around shooting, you don’t want the screen locking quickly and making it harder to access the camera and get a quick shot.  I’ve set mine to 3 minutes and have been happy with it. After three minutes, the phone screen will shut off. HOWEVER, if you set the “require a password after” time to longer, you will only need to tap the side-lock button and then swipe the screen to resume where you were (you skip the password step). If you aren’t using the camera button to access the camera, this will be a lifesaver in those spontaneous situations.

2. Use multiple camera apps for different situations : I started with strictly using the native camera app that is called “Nokia Camera”, but soon learned of the 3rd party camera app called ProShot. As shown in the first tip, I have the camera button set to open the “Nokia Camera” app. You cannot set it to open ProShot. But, you can utilize the live tiles that ProShot offers you.

I keep two different ProShot modes as live tiles on my home screen. One is a black & white filtered P mode and the other is the HDR mode. This means I can open them quickly from my screen after unlocking my phone. It’s not as fast as the camera button shortcut, but it’s great to have in the arsenal as it’s black & white filter is fantastic!

The most important thing to consider when choosing a camera app, is what you’re gonna be shooting. The reason is the “zoom”. If you plan on shooting anything that requires a narrow focus field or plan to zoom in close, you MUST use the Nokia Camera app. If you don’t intend to zoom in too close, want editing options and a higher immediate output resolution, then you should utilize ProShot.

Here’s what the top of my home screen looks like:

3. Frame, zoom, shoot, reframe : This is probably the most important lesson I learned “the hard way”. I love to get close-up shots that have a nice depth of field to them. The problem is always focusing precision. The 1020 allows such a narrow focal range (especially when you change to manual focus), that it’s very easy to think you are focused the way you’d like and end up with a disappointing result upon review. I have found a perfect solution for this problem.

Let’s start with an example of what shooting at an un-zoomed distance looks like

It’s not easy to tell exactly where you are focused. You might think it’s just right and end up wrong when you take a closer look during editing. The answer is simple ; zoom before you shoot! Set the manual focus slider to the nearest focal point (just above auto). Then tap anywhere on the screen to minimize the pop-out focus menu. Then you are free to slide your finger on the screen and zoom in. Before you zoom in, you’ll want to compose the frame as you’d like it to be . Then zoom in as far as possible. You’ll be able to easily see where your focus is. Try to keep your phone in the same position and just move in or out in tiny increments to achieve the focus you want. Here’s what the zoomed in screen will look like :

Now I can see that I’m focused on the nose when I’d rather be focused on the eyes. I moved a tiny bit closer and took the shot. On any other camera, you’d be stuck with this exact image seen on the screen and only be able to get a tighter crop of it. Not with the 1020. You can then go to your camera roll and select “Open in Nokia Camera” to utilize the reframe function and zoom back out to the distance you had composed the shot at. Here is what that will look like :


Once you tap save, you’ll have your fully “zoomed out” image that you had composed before shooting!!

4. Exporting originals or grabbing originals from your computer : I want to go deeper into the reasoning behind choosing different camera apps to shoot with. My decision is often determined by how easily I want to access that glorious 38mp version of my shot. When you take a photo with the Nokia Camera, the image you see in your camera roll is a 5mp copy of the image. Your phone stores the full res version for when you want go back and reframe. The only way to get your hands on the full res file is to connect your phone to your computer and access the phones storage folders. When I do this, I will just copy/paste them into a OneDrive folder I created specifically for these. I will then be able to access them from any device that I am signed into OneDrive on. This can be a tedious method and I usually wait and do it for large batches of photos rather than each time I take a few.

I also talked about ProShot and some of the great things about it. The other amazing feature is the “Export Original” option when you view a photo within the app. You can either tap “Open in ProShot” from your camera roll, or you can open ProShot first and tap the image review button on the screen. You’ll then tap the three dots to open the options and find the “Export Original” choice. When you tap that, the unfiltered and full res version of the photo is saved to your “Saved Images” folder and instantly accessible. If you have auto-backup turned on for OneDrive, you’ll also see that it backs-up to the same folder there. I like this because I’ll have the 13mp black and white photo as well as the unfiltered 38mp original to choose from. Though, if you are doing close-up photos or feel that you’ll want to use that great reframing option, make sure you use the Nokia Camera instead of ProShot.

**I’d like to note that the ability to capture .DNG RAW files has recently been added to the Nokia Camera options. Since I am dedicated to strictly using mobile devices for shooting and processing, I have no use for these RAW files. If an app comes along that allows me to process them, I’ll happily make that adjustment to my process. Until then I’ll stay with just the 38mp+5mp mode.**

5. Re-sizing your images :  Mobile photography has become much bigger than a smartphone screen. You see it on tablets, computer screens, TV’s, and there are many live galleries that are home to large prints of mobile photos.  Size matters when it comes to these larger format viewing situations. Therefore, it is very necessary to mind the resolution and file size of your images. I have yet to find an app available for windows phone that will allow you to upscale the images, so I’ve had to resort to other devices to achieve this when it was necessary (at least you’ll have a good use for that old device you had before your WP). You’ll notice that when you choose to reframe a photo and you “zoom” in, the saved resolution isn’t 5mp any longer. It will be much smaller due to the amount you cropped in to frame the shot. If you were to get a large print of it done, you may have a poor quality result due to the low resolution. As I said, there are many available ways to nicely resize an image, just not yet on the windows phone.

5a. Beware of editing app resolution settings :  The last thing I’d like to touch on is the output resolution of the 3rd party editing apps you’ll come across. I discovered the app Fantasia Painter thanks to this ARTICLE by Jen Bracewell. It’s a great creative editing tool and quickly had me editing many of my shots with it. After a few uploads to Flickr, I noticed that these images were at a fairly low resolution. Three of my favorite shots that I’ve taken with the 1020 were victims of this resolution theft. I then explored the settings within the app and found that the default output resolution wasn’t set as high as the app allowed. I wasn’t going to make that mistake again. So, I will only dive into an editing app that allows me to change the output resolution to a suitable size. If there is no option available, I’ll just edit one photo and then check the res before continuing to edit photos.

This image came out of the app at  932 x 932

That size is fine for a website or social sharing,  but this was an image I was interested in printing and this resolution wouldn’t allow for a high quality print. I was able to successfully enlarge the image using an application outside of the phone. If you make sure that your apps are outputting the highest resolution, you can avoid the extra trouble of needing to up-scale your images.

6. OneDrive : I can’t say enough good things about OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). The auto-backup option offers a great sense of security and it is organized nicely when you sign into OneDrive. It’s extremely easy to create folders for further organization of your work as well as sharing them privately with others or straight to social media. They offer you a great amount of space for free and a backup copy of everything you have shot. You’d be crazy not to use it.

7. Get to know your camera settings : One of the most intriguing aspects of the camera in this phone is the option to adjust the camera settings manually. The manual focus is quickly becoming something I can’t live without. From the Nokia Camera app, you can easily adjust the shutter speed, ISO, focus, white balance, and brightness (which should be called exposure). Until now, you we didn’t need to be concerned with HOW these setting function because smartphone cameras take care of it  for us. Due to the fact that so many mobile photographers are new to the world of photography, the majority of them don’t understand how and why to use these manual settings. It’s an easy thing to research. Just “Google it” and start reading. You’ll quickly find loads of info on how to utilize these settings to be a better photographer. The shutter speed is one of the most useful yet trickiest to learn how to utilize properly. I would highly recommend getting the Nokia Camera Grip case and a travel tripod so you can utilize the ability to take slow shutter speed photos with your 1020. I’ve gotten some great night shots using it and you can charge the case to help extend your battery life!

Here’s an example of a slow shutter shot using the Camera Grip and a tripod

Conclusion : These tips and techniques are what I feel have been the most valuable “lessons learned” in my Lumia 1020 experience so far. I encourage you to implement them in your own way, but also spend some time ignoring any rules and just experiment. You never know what cool trick or tip that you might find to share with other 1020 shooters down the road.