So last year is when I really started using Instagram, I found that this was a good home for those images. So what the paper or their website doesn’t use, I could post them there. My main priority is still to give the newspaper the best possible image for any event that I cover. I’m not being paid to Instagram, I am being paid to provide quality images to the newspaper. The other side of it is that I do see many other pictures off of an event or between events and I make these pictures whether the newspaper wants them or not. I found that there was a difference between what I do for the newspaper. when I shoot for the paper I’m using pro DSLR cameras with different lenses or different bodies, it’s maybe a little more complicated work if you want to call it, a little more challenging to capture things. I find with the iPhone, you are free, there is just a simple interface. While my approach is to try and give a fresh perspective on something, there is something liberating and freeing about taking a picture with your phone. You don’t change the shutter speed, you don’t change the f-stop. Something that I feel strongly about is coming up with a strong composition. For me, its finding a subject then composing it in an interesting way. The camera phone lets you do that in a very very simple kind of way. So, Instagram has allowed me to share images with people or subscribers things they wouldn’t normally see, It helps me stay creative.
Those images are hard to make, when everyone is trying to make the same picture, ya know for me, that would be really boring if I had to do that everyday. My dream assignment would be for me to show up and be the only one there. I can photograph how I want to photograph, without restriction, without a police line, or a public relations person telling me to stand over there
It would be to really just find someone interesting and spend some time with them, photographing just to make nice images that tell a story. The connection is really important. While its great to photograph the super bowl or a world series, I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but theres a lot of aggravation and so much work involved and doing that all the time would be a highly stressful situation to be in.
DN- Can you tell us what inspires you, not necessarily just photographers, lets talk other mediums. Things that get you going?
DM- That’s a good question. When I’m really down, I have a huge collection of photography books to go to, full of photos that always inspired me. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, basically any magnum photographers, when I’m in a rut that’s where I go. Something about opening a book and seeing the photos in print, it helps me think about why I do what I do. You can pull inspiration from anywhere, go through a gallery, go through the art museum. For me, its sometimes not necessarily seeking out the photo collection, but looking at the paintings, looking at how painters see light, I think that’s an important thing to remember. While photography might be the step child in the fine arts community, I think your pulling from and being able to understand and use light. Sometimes its as simple as walking around Philadelphia and running into something that is completely fascinating. I tried to listen to music while making pictures, it doesn’t work, but I definitely listen to music. I don’t know if it inspires me to make photographs but I think any time someone is producing or making something it is easy to pull from that.
DN- Well, what are you listening to right now?
DM- laughs, Oh man, anything from TV on the Radio to Led Zepplin to The Lumineers… might possibly lose some credibility for this but anything from Macklemore to Fresh Espresso, the Seattle band. I’m just all over the place.. it just depends on what type of mood you’re in. Going back to listening to music while shooting, I tried to do that while covering a football game, and it was a complete disaster, I had to take the head phones out. For me, its part of your senses, I need to hear whats going on
DN- Can give us any advice on just starting out taking photos and perhaps for folks already in the field trying to make better quality photos.
DM- Overall if you are just starting out, some people are just lucky and they are born with some level of creativity and no matter what they pick up they are good at it, but not everybody starts at that level. For me, it was taking classes to really get a basic understanding on the principles of photography, how to use a camera and probably the most important principle, to remember what makes a photograph is light. Without light you are not going to have an image. I think my best advice to someone starting out is understand light, don’t be afraid to experiment with it, using light in different ways, don’t limit yourself. I hear so many young people say I want be this or that. I think you will miss out if you aren’t open to different styles of photography. If we limit ourselves, you are probably missing out on styles you may be good at. Always try to improve, to seek advice, to accept critiques from photographers that you look up to, find photo books, look at the work of others
As far as mobile photography and the square format, its really finding an app that is simple to use. I recommend 6×6. Find something that controls exposure and focus. For the people that are at that next level, its really your commitment to want to improve. It is easy to get discouraged, don’t dwell on your failures and don’t celebrate your success so much, because the next day you have a chance to do it all over again. I think if you don’t push yourself you’re not going to grow. The idea is to always keep it fresh and keep pushing forward. You almost have to fail to really grow, if its easy for you, I don’t think its art.
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An Untranslatable World: A Collaboration By Jessii Powers and Anna Cox
We don’t know even know what our story is…how can you capture an unknown story?
Sometimes there are conversations that must be had, things that must be said, and emotions that need to be validated. Recently,Anna and I had one, okay actually a few, such conversations. I love when two hearts and heads collide and somehow, in the end, a subject that had plagued you finds resolution or the start of one.
Anna and I have both recently moved to drastically different locations from our previous addresses. I recently moved back to Seattle after living in India for 2 years and have lost a connection with a people and culture I thrived in so beautifully. Anna moved from rural Kentucky to Houston which happens to be the land of the strip mall and cityscapes. We are both at a loss creatively and have found it hard to capture anything that speaks to us in our new homes.
Together we chatted, grumbled, and grieved over our moves and ultimately decided to write a series together that would explain our struggles, conclusions, and our journey through this period of our lives. Throughout this article will be pieces of our actual first conversation so please forgive the rawness. Our assumption was that if both of us were going through this then others were also. And if that is so, perhaps our conversations will help others and in turn help us.
A: Jessii before we really dig in will you share a little about India and what made it so special to you?
J: India is so raw, so honest and so different from anything else I’ve ever known. It wasn’t a love at first sight experience, how could it be when I flew into Delhi at midnight and was immediately thrown into a taxi that proceeded to play 8 hours of chicken as my friend and I headed to Rishikesh? There is a certain surrender that needs to happen if one is to truly embrace India though because if you don’t, if you fight ANYTHING India throws your way, you will get spit out and it will not be pretty. I met a dear sweet friend from Darjeeling while I was climbing, alone, in the Himalayas about a year ago and he said, “India is an assault on all of your senses” and he couldn’t be more right. Within a fraction of a second you can go from smelling rotten garbage and poop to the most fantastic, mouth watering food, layered with some ridiculous sandalwood incense and that’s just ONE of your senses getting hammered. It’s a country of immense contradictions, a country that seems to have calculated inefficiencies to keep more people employed and it’s the country that completely shattered my views on what’s “right” and what’s “wrong.” Everywhere I looked there was a story, every person I met had some nugget of philosophical wisdom to impart on my soul, people talk of balance in their own state of being, no one complained, EVER, and everyone I met had a loving glow radiating from their eyes. Ok, well maybe not everyone but a helluva lot of people. I experienced the most love in my life in that country and also the most terror and I wouldn’t have changed a single experience because it all helped me grow into who I am today.
J: What was it about Kentucky that ignited your creativity? What drove you?
A: Kentucky for me means home, family, roots. I adore the fact you can drive ten minutes from my door and be in the middle of nowhere. The wide open spaces speak to me. I adore the graceful hills and the rich farming history. It is events like the summer time tobacco cutting contest that make my heart smile. Kentucky is unassuming but at the same time has a unique arts culture with Berea being the epicenter for the art community and a thriving horse industry with Churchill Downs and Keeneland. It has everything from city to country and a little of everything in between.
Our conversation started like any good conversation does – a back and forth, stream of consciousness.
A: Maybe this has to do with a photography niche and how that can be really limiting?
J: Oooo… yeah. So many people try to aim for a niche and what happens when they can’t capture what they are comfortable with? So many peeps epitomize their location with their shooting
A: Perhaps the real aim is to be well versed in shooting different things?
J: Maybe not so much shooting different things but like…being open and more accepting of smashing open your genre. Technically, I’d probably be considered a travel photographer and what does a travel photog do when not traveling… And you are the master of picking the beauty in all its forms in rural america so what do you do when you’re surrounded by manufactured urban pretty and concrete? It’s not so much the things as the space. Am I making any sense? I’m not feeling like it
A: Haha! No you are. It’s easy to pigeon hole yourself and you are saying to open yourself creatively to other genres in the event what you normally shoot isn’t available. If you are creative there is a burning need to do just that- create. And what do you do if your personal inspiration is unavailable?
J: Yes! That!
A: I mean what would a street photog do if there were suddenly no people?
J: Or an architecture fanatic if there were no big buildings?
It’s not even the stuff or the place, now that I’m pondering this more… it’s the stories we like to tell
A: BRILLIANT! That is exactly it. It’s the things we identify with. The things that speak to us. I could shoot landscapes all day here but they don’t speak to me
J: I have an attachment to India and the stories I was fascinated with there…even just the visual story and I’m not ready to let go of that attachment yet so I’m stunted in the US, creatively, because I’d still rather be shooting something else, somewhere else…and when I finally let go of that attachment, I’ll find what drives me here. I’m getting all philosophical about this! And I shoot the stories around me that fascinate me…usually when I’m open to that story or don’t identify with it but want to explore more
A: Hahaha! I like philosophical. I am more on the emotional side. I shoot what narrates my story or where I am heart wise
J: I got it! You and I have been uprooted from our stories! Now we don’t know even know what our story is…how can ya capture an unknown story?
So that’s our challenge.
How do you capture a story when you don’t know what to look for? And how do you find your meaning in an untranslatable world? So much of the time we are deeply rooted within our location, so much so that we don’t even realize how MUCH we depended on it to fuel our creative drive until it is no longer available.
Anna and I answered our questions in different ways but the core is the same. We are both set, ready, and waiting for our creative muse to come back and visit
How do you capture a story that speaks to you when the world around you seems silent?
A: I’ve been a part of the IG/online community for over three years now. In the beginning, it pushed me and taught me but somewhere in the last year it has begun to be a hinderance. I feel the bar that I set quite high for myself has lowered based on the “need” to post images. This need, of course, is just imagined. No one NEEDS to see my photos. They are supposed to be just for me, right? They are an expression of my creativity, they are personal. Yet there is this imaginary pressure to post or die. To be unknown, unconnected, unseen translates into a sort of creative death. And in the process, my photographs have become lazy, sloppy, and boring. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of going off the grid for awhile. Just leaving all platforms and pursuing my endeavor off line, away from eyes. I feel the need to grow, to redefine, and I feel I need to do this away from the barrage of images and information. So for me, the end of the journey (or perhaps the beginning) starts here. The funny part is that since Jessii and I started this article I moved back to Kentucky but I am still going to follow through with my idea and grow away from the public eye for the most part. The amazing part is that I took photos of people more in Texas than ever before and really enjoyed it so that is definitely something I will pursue further
J: I spent 2 years in India learning all I could about yoga and the core principle behind the entire practice is acceptance; acceptance of reality, acceptance of where we currently are as individuals and to honor that, respect that, and to just observe and watch as everything in this life passes, whether it be the irritability that builds on the yoga mat that brings a flood of tears while you’re balancing in crow pose, to watching the love you made in your own heart and shared with someone else leave to go reside in another part of the world. What was wonderful about my time in India is that everything I did was practice without the effort. Nothing felt like work and there was a flow. The stories I digitally captured and shared just… happened. It was truly the first time I ever experienced “being” and understood exactly what it meant to “be.” Any frustrations I have with my photography now is just fighting against something that doesn’t exist and I’m trying to force something that maybe isn’t meant to be, right now. I have learning to do, I have teaching to do, I have writing to do and I have a new life to figure out and if my eye isn’t drawn to capture any of my surrounding moments, that’s ok. I knew that wonderful streak wouldn’t last forever, but I also know this uprooted dry spell won’t either. I’m just going to enjoy being wherever it is I’m pulled to be right now and be patient with myself as my new story unfolds and isn’t that what happens, always, if we let it. It’s fighting the development of our story that causes us such immense heartache. Who knows where it will take me, but I’ll be glad to be wherever I am, or at least that’s the practice that lasts a lifetime, or 23,574,234 lifetimes, give or take a few years
What is the answer for you?
How do you capture images when your world is on it’s ear?
Leave us a comment so we can start a conversation and grow with one another.
Members of the Legion of Boom Enters the Loudest Stadium in the World; DeShawn Shead #35, Kam Chancellor #31, Richard Sherman #25
On the Sidelines with the Seattle Seahawks and the Nokia Lumia 1020 by BP
I have had the opportunity to shoot both college and professional football with my smart phone – the Nokia Lumia 1020.
I’ve had to re-read that opening sentence a few times just for it to sink in. It’s crazy talk to say that I have been able to cover a PAC-12 college football game much less also cover an NFL professional team with all access press credentials.
Oh the places that we can let these phones take us.
12s: Cheering on the Greatest Team in Franchise History
My Football Story
I have been a football fan and fanatic since I was 4 years old. I remember my first football given to me by my dad before he went out to sea for the Navy. It was a San Diego Superchargers football. I loved that thing and carried it everywhere. At the age of 6 I fell in love with the Miami Dolphins. I loved watching Dan Marino make plays by throwing to Mark Clayton or Mark Duper – the “Marks Brothers.” From kindergarten to 8th grade, my best friend and I would play school ball everyday, whether on the school playground or the neighborhood street or running across to the high school football field. I played in high school and played shortly in college until blowing out my knee literally in the first few weeks of the season. I never played organized ball again.
I still remain a fan.
I’ve lived in the Seattle area since 1987. Steve Largent, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Matt Hasselbeck, Marcus Trufant, Lofa Tatupu, and Walter Jones were my new heroes of the gridiron. I fell in love with the Seahawk logo, incorporating the native american culture in an appropriate way. I was a fan even during the 2-14 season (1992), a fan during the last 13-3 season (2005) and a FANATIC this season.
I am a part of the 12s. My 5 year old son is a part of the 12s.
Although he doesn’t understand the game fully, the excitement that he sees from me enables him to participate by showing his own enthusiasm. After the Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals, I was a grumpy wreck. I came home and there he was in his Hawks gear; wearing his Marshawn Lynch jersey and carrying his Seahawk football. He came up to me, gave me a hug and a Hi-5 and said, “Dad, don’t worry. The team won’t let you down again. It’s only one game.”
As a father, this is what football has become.
My childhood is now shared with his childhood. Our love for the game makes watching it that much more beautiful.
Football is a family affair
In order to shoot the game of football with your smart phone you really have to prepare yourself for the game. Whether it is taking photographs of your child playing flag or peewees, high school football, college or professional level, you have to understand the flow of the game. By knowing the flow and paying attention to the direction of the game you’ll be able to stay ahead of a very fast moving game. I position myself according to the flow.
When the team is on offense, I position myself in between the team and the end zone. The game play will be coming towards you and you get a chance to capture not only the action, but the players. If you’re able to get a shot of a players face, you’re working towards a really good photo. On offense you should know that the quarterback is going to do a few things; hand off the ball to the runningback, throw the ball to a receiver, take it himself for a run, or get pummeled by the defense.
Jon Ryan #9 and Stephen Haushka #4 are Special Teams Heroes
When the team is on defense, I stay behind the defense. The other team’s offense will force the defense to react and your photos should reflect that. Much like on offense, you’re going to look for certain things; they are going to tackle, intercept, or cause/recover a fumble. You’re the person to try and capture those things.
The game doesn’t just consist of following the actual game. The game is nothing without the storylines. The fans, the interaction of coaches and players with fans, the cheerleaders, the mascots; all of these things make up the game of football. Because a smart phone has some limitations and you’re just not going to be able to get great action shots close up, this component is crucial for folks to be able to capture the game of football. Tell the story of the game, the players, and the fans, and you’ll accomplish telling a great story of the great game of football.
Taima the Hawk: Taima leads the team onto the field every home game!
Football and the 1020
Make sure to bring gear to support you throughout the time of the game. I brought with me a couple battery chargers one of which being the Nokia cameragrip. The cameragrip is crucial because it has the attachment for putting the phone on a tripod or in this case a monopod. I always have my monopod with me. Like all cameras, camera shake can make or break a photo. The 1020 has great stabilization but having a monopod helps in diminishing the chances of camera shake and blur in your photos.
I used the native Nokia camera app for these photos. The manual controls for this app are great and I’ll show you photos along with the settings I used to capture the photos.
*Note: The 1020 saves in RAW format. The Nokia .DNG files respond really well in post process.
Sports photography can be done with mobile phones
The manual settings that I used for shooting the play on the field are; white balance, ISO, and shutter speed.
All of the above are variables and are inter-related since changing one requires changing at least one of the other two and, in some cases, all. Since trying to deal with these variables is very confusing its best to choose one as a “constant”, leaving only a few of the variables more manageable. I suggest setting an ISO and then not touching it unless absolutely necessary. I went with 1/400 since it was an overcast day. Raising the ISO on your camera will allow you to shoot at a higher shutter speed, giving you a better chance of getting the perfect shot – which for me was freezing the action. The higher I went with the ISO, the more noise the camera captured. I want to diminish the amount of blur but not compromise the shot with a bunch of noise. 1/400 was perfect for me.
The light sources in Century Link Stadium change at every view and angle. The looming artificial light from the stadium and the natural light from the sun and clouds made it difficult to capture the true colors on the field with a smart phone. The 1020 helps in making it easier for the photographer to get the best color and true whites from the sidelines. I set my WB on the cloudy setting. It seemed to keep the natural whites and colors that I saw away from the lens.
We Are Juxt has many tutorials in using the Lumia 1020.
I suggest perusing these tutorials here for more details on maximizing manual settings for your perfect shot.
The Pile Up: As you can see from the shot, I was pretty close to the action. These guys were literally 8-10 feet away. The action was so quick that if any of the players continued to run through, I would’ve been a casualty.
Shutter Speed: 1/904s, ISO: ISO400, White Balance: Cloudy
Marshawn Lynch #24: This is another shot that was close to the action. The incompleted pass almost sent the ball towards my head. Luckily it didn’t and luckily Beast Mode didn’t run me over.
Shutter Speed: 1/490s, ISO: ISO400, White Balance: Cloudy
Russell Wilson #3: The amazing Mr. Wilson is known for running around defenses. Although this wasn’t a scoring run, he stifled the defense with moves like this all game.
Shutter Speed: 1/257s, ISO: ISO400, White Balance: Cloudy
The Final Score
It was an honor to be able to document so many great events this past year. From MTV’s Video Music Awards Red Carpet to the Seattle Seahawks, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be able to cover these events with my camera phone. My friends, Daniel Hour (formerly of University of Washington Athletics), Jordan Stead (Seattle PI photojournalist), and John Lok (Seattle Times photojournalist) have both supported me and the community of mobile photographers in Seattle. They understand that photography is about telling a story and people can do it with their camera phones as well as their big cameras.
12s: Scaring the Opposing Offense, Energizing our Amazing Defense
Again, “Oh the places that we can let these phones take us.”
In just a few days, the Seattle Seahawks will be playing in the biggest game of the year; the Super Bowl. For this “final score”, I wanted to wish them a great game and to come back home to Seattle the champions that the city, this region and its citizens (as well as all the 12s around the world) know they are.
*UPDATE (February 2, 2014): THE Seattle Seahawks are World Champions! The “Final Score” was 43-8!
Football is not just about gladiators, it’s about brotherhood.
Other Seahawk Posts on We Are Juxt:
Hipstamatic: The 12th Man (2012)
Go Seahawks: The 12th Man Sendoff (2012)
The Art of Erika C Brothers by Andy B
Erika C Brothers is a Mexican artist who has truly embraced the power of mobile technology and incorporated it into the images she creates. There is a something wonderful about her abstract art which mixes portraiture with a blend of effects and other imagery taken from her surroundings. The results embody a magical look, style and feel which creates some amazing pieces of artwork.
Images like ‘Orange’, ‘Arlequin’ or ‘The Liquid Dreams Series’ are perfect examples of this portraiture work, while others such as ‘Yellow Waves’ or ‘Cotton Candy Sunset’ focus more on capturing the landscape that surrounds her.
I managed to catch up with Erika and wanted to find out more about her life, work and influences as well as the process she follows to get from the original capture to a finished piece of artwork.
AB: Andy EB: Erika
AB: Tell us about yourself and how your interest in art and mobile photography began.
EB: I’m originally from Monterrey, Mexico where our culture is rich in a variety of different genres and parents whose passion involved weekend painting using different methods and visions of blending colors and techniques. Inspired as a child I pursued my own discovery of projecting my thoughts and images, I started through basic art, career in communications, painting amateur for 10 years using acrylics and oils, exploring even cloth and printed image designs until I found what I believe is my true calling with App advancement in SmartPhone technology. However I continue my activities of art creation as part of my vocation to the whole genre of art for personal desire and mental exercise.
I’m a mother of three and moving a few times due to my husband’s work, I was able to expand my optic vision and projection of picture stories from the different locations we lived. Once hooked I started investigating the different options on how to transform the pics to reflect my mental thoughts to each art piece, and set myself to no particular form or function – just what comes to me or how I feel as I create each piece. Now interestingly enough, my husband interprets my pieces for the naming; he is my inspiration and genius behind the naming of each.
AB: There is a beautiful artistic and painterly feel to your work. Tell us about your style and approach?
EB: My style is a combination of modern and abstract, with a touch of everything in between. I love to combine colors and textures blending the image to hence my creative feelings that an image projects in my mind. Most come to light based on daily experiences, travels, situations, and knowledge of the people whom form part of my life.
AB: You mentioned that the Mexican culture is rich in a variety of different genres. In what way have these genres influenced both you and your work and where do you draw your inspiration from?
EB: The Mexican culture has great variety, ranging from Aztec folklore to the popular art of the streets. In particular artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera to modern art such as Sergio Bustamante, all have given me the basis to my creations. All combine one way or other Aztec fundamentals with expressionism and modernism. Hence my inspiration is drawn by the multiple combinations only limited by my mental capacity to transform each art piece.
AB: How have modern day apps helped you to transform your art and how do you integrate them into the creative process?
EB: Modern day apps have been an absolute revolution to modern day technology and photography. Opening the possibilities to all to experiment art transformation directly from today’s current way of computing – tablets.
In general my photos do not follow a particular format or function; I use whatever app comes to mind for that particular moment and experimentation. In total I use about 140 different apps, however mostly concentrate on using 10 for most of my pieces.
AB: Could you give us a step by step walkthrough of the process involved in creating one of your images?
Stage 1: The initial capture
For the initial capture I used Slow Shutter Cam with self-timer on 1. I chose this app since I wanted to wanted to create an initial image in motion with a base blur effect.
Stage 2: MonoVu
To start initial transformation I used MonoVu using option mono22 to give the base effect on monochrome and scratches with a touch of antique.
Stage 3: Procreate
Next I used Procreate to add effects to the models hair extending the flow of motion to the person.
Stage 4: IColorama S
In IColorama S I used the effects of tiles 4/5 to add visual differentiation to the whole piece.
Stage 5: Mextures
Mextures added the next level of texture and roughness for enhancement, using Grit & Grain and Emulsion.
Stage 6: Pic Grunger
For the final effects to truly reflect and wrap up the whole image of a “Life in Motion” I used Pic Grunger Effect – Scratched, Style – Backstage, and Texture – Newsprint.
AB: Do you have any future plans for projects or the direction of your work?
EB: My future plans are to continue my work as part of a life process, as a walk thru life, basically moments in time; start showcasing more my artwork in Galleries and participate together with the rest of my colleagues worldwide on the push, promotion and inspiration of the SmartPhone Art world.
Instagram // Facebook // Flickr // Eyeem // IPA
Clean Cut Masaki: An Interview by Natalie Maddon
Masaki is a man of few words. He keeps it short, sweet, and to the point. He lets his images speak for themselves, and they have got a lot to say. His work is always immaculately executed and full of depth. I think you will all agree, the man from Japan is top notch.
N: Natalie M: Masaki
N: Tell me about yourself. What is Masaki the person behind the crazy images like?
M: ”You are crazy” is often said. However, the friends who I’ve actually met through the photograph have said, “Masaki is an ordinary person”.
That’s right, I am an ordinary person.
N: What is your process like? Do you have an idea mapped out before you start or do your images sort of create themselves as you go?
M: In most cases, I start to make a state in which the image has been completed in my head. An idea floats and is inspired by photos, posters, illustrations, music, movies and many things.
N: Do you have any favorite apps or tricks that you would like to share?
M: My favorite apps are Artstudio,VSCO CAM, Afterligh, Mextures and Photo Forge 2. iColorama, Repix, and Filter Storm are also great.
N: Your images are very thought provoking. Do any of your photos have special meaning to you? Do you have a very favorite photo?
M: Thank you very much!My photos do not have a meaning intentionally. I want you to look at my photos in a free interpretation. My favorite photo(edit) is to shatter the body.I think there is an impact, and each viewer is able to imagine.
N: Did you go to school for photography/design or are you self-taught?
M: I’m self-taught. My grandfather was an instructor of the camera, I learned to look at the pictures of him.
N: What other hobbies do you have other than photography?
M: I play guitar.
See more of Masaki’s work these places:
Flickr // Instagram // EyeEm // Tumblr // VSCO Grid
Time is the one thing that I would like to have control of. I would like to stop and ponder, I would like to stop and admire and to learn from the amazing artistry that is posted everyday on the Flickr group. Sometime I just am positively bewildered by what I see and wonder how or what apps have been used to make such stunning works, I ask myself!
I truly feel lucky to have inherited this project, for the people that I have already contacted and getting to know are those that inspire me everyday and I can only thank them for their support and collaboration. This is only my second showcase since I have started curating The 1000 Words Flickr Group, and rest assured that there are many more to come, with, who knows, some twists in the middle too. But it’s time that one needs to create or do something great so one little advise I give you is, stop for a while, and enjoy this showcase and try to catch the hidden details, for these photos are truly worth every minute you spend on it.
Always, Yours Truly,
Padma by Aylin Argun
Web // Flickr // IG // EyEem
I took this photo with İphone4 and used the MonoVu, Blender and Snapseed to process
Anger Management by Chris Hawkins
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This image is a tight crop of a section of a shot of some street performers going nuts. I was in the right place at the right time. I like to remove distracting elements from some images and did that here using Photo Viva to ‘paint’ a little. I’ve then used Glaze on the image and selectively layered that with the Photo Viva version. The Glazed areas add some pleasing ‘heat’ to the image.There are some final tweaks done with Snapseed and ALT Photo
FB // Web // Flickr // eyeem // IPA
This is a night shoot. During a cold Christmas season night I went with my family for a special light and music presentation in one of the most famous squares in Lisbon, at the end of the presentation wen the square become empty in one corner there was a bunch of people surrounded by an ethereal smoke and a fantastic smell of roasted chestnuts come to me. There was two old couples of sellers, under each seller umbrella there was a light, which compensated the poor response to low light in my iPhone 4S.. This particularly seller as a so special and deep expression face that I knew I did it.
I always use camera+ to shoot my images and for post production pure carbon and dramatic B&W was used, since I always shoot in color.
By Louise Fryer
Web // FB
This is the beginning of a new series of artworks, it is quite personal to me in that it is about lack of faith, disillusionment & insincerity.
I used snapseed to desaturate the colour a little, ArtStudio to add length to the hair and the texture was added in distressed fx and iColorama.
By Martina Woll
flickr // website
It was edited with hipstamatic (John S Lens + D-Type Plate) and instragram filter “willow”.
Shooting The Streets With The Nokia 1020 by Matt C.
Street photography is my passion. I shoot and document the streets of New York City everyday. I recently shot on the streets with the Nokia 1020. The following are a few street photography tips, as well as some anecdotes about the images taken.
While walking around in the East Village I spotted these two men carrying large mirrors while crossing the street. With the 1020 already in hand I depressed the on camera shutter button and had the camera up and running quickly. I was able to capture this image as the men crossed the street. I took a few more pictures as they walked further along the street, but none of those images were close to being as dynamic as my first shot. If I hadn’t been prepared to capture the moment when it presented itself, I would have had to settle for a less engaging image.
They say that luck comes to those that are prepared and in street photography no words ring more true. If you have ever missed capturing a fleeting moment because your device was in your pocket or handbag, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. You should always have your device close at hand and your camera app of choice fired up and ready to go. Don’t waste time trying to find and open your camera app as the moment you want to capture vanishes before you’re ready. With the 1020′s exterior shutter button, it’s a quick shortcut to opening the native camera app.
While standing on a corner in Brooklyn I watched many a passerby navigate their way around this puddle. Most people went around it while others jumped over it. I stood on the corner and I practiced my timing. I found that in order for me to capture someone mid-leap over the puddle, I actually had to press my shutter just before the person entered into my frame.
Timing can be the difference between capturing an image or just missing it. Know your device and practice your timing. Don’t be afraid to fire off a few frames before trying to get ‘the shot’. With the 1020, when you depress the shutter, it takes a second before actually taking the picture. This shutter lag can easily be overcome with minimal practice.
In this street scene in lower Manhattan I was shooting people in the early hours of their morning commute. I found a spot in between two buildings where the morning sun created a shaft of light onto the pavement. I made my exposure for the light colored sidewalk, which also rendered thick dark shadows. The shadows frame the scene and keeps the viewers attention on the pedestrians headed in opposite directions. The quality of light and shadows here adds some drama to scene that might otherwise be uninteresting.
You can use the quality of available light to your advantage in any given situation. You can shoot a beautiful portrait using the soft light of an overcast day. You can also add a sense of drama to a street scene when shooting in the contrasty light of a sunny morning or late afternoon. Using the 1020′s manual exposure dial in the native camera app allows for making quick adjustments on the fly.
In the image above, the diagonal lines of the crosswalk help make the image of the biker more graphic and in my opinion a stronger all around image. Imagine if I had taken this picture of the biker on a regular street blacktop. It may still be a nice image, but if I placed both of these pictures (real and imagined) side by side and asked which one you liked better, I think most people would gravitate towards the image with the diagonal lines.
Always look for shapes, forms and patterns that can enhance or accentuate an image. Incorporating patterns can enhance your composition and can help to make strong graphic images. Repeating patterns always seem to be visually compelling in any composition. Using the 1020′s zoom function allowed me to get closer to my subject and helped fill the frame. I’m usually not a fan of digital zooming, but with the quality of the 1020′s zoom I’m okay with using it if the situation warrants it.
Walking in midtown late one afternoon, I came across a lone man standing on a corner with his dog. It felt strange walking down a street that is usually crowded in the middle of the afternoon only to find these two solitary figures standing there. The long shadows of the man and his dog cast onto the sidewalk mirrored the strangeness I felt as I approached them. I composed my camera and took the picture. I flipped the image vertically using Fhotoroom, a 3rd party editing app, in an attempt to add to the surreal nature of the moment.
I don’t do a lot of post-editing to my images other than cropping, black and white conversion and sometimes adding or decreasing contrast. There are many 3rd party editing apps available for free and for purchase on the 1020. I’m sure you can find one that you like no matter how much or how little you like to edit your images.
We all see things differently. Each of us have a unique perspective on how we see and interpret the world around us. Pursuing your point of view is the best way to develop as a photographer. Your perspective isn’t just what angle you hold your camera at, more importantly it is actively thinking about what you see and how you interpret that through your lens.
This article was originally post on October 10, 1012 and is being rewound for your enjoyment.
Leah Flickinger: The Tree Whisperer by Natalie M.
Leah is one of the very first people that I started following on Instagram. I was instantly drawn to her photography and then came to realize what an amazing, genuine person she is. I feel instantly at peace when I see her beautiful landscapes. It is like I am riding my bike right alongside her. It seems the goal of many artists is to reveal some sense of feeling to their audience. If Leah is anything like her photos, I am hooked.
N:Natalie L: Leah
N:Hi Leah! Lets start off with a few formalities. Where do you live? What do you do? Who is Leah really?
L: I live in eastern Pennsylvania, in a rural area called Bucks County. I’m married and have a 13-year-old daughter. I’m an editor at Bicycling Magazine, which is pretty much my dream job since I love to ride bikes and I love to make magazines.
N: When I first found your feed on Instagram, what feels like ages ago, I felt that you possessed a really special talent for capturing the beauty of nature in a way that nobody else can really duplicate. What do you think has contributed to that special ability?
L: I live in typical mid-Atlantic countryside. It’s very lush with lots of woods and farmland. I’m surrounded by forest and fields and sky, so that’s mostly what I have the opportunity to photograph. And it’s what I see as I’m riding my bike, which is when I do a lot of shooting. I’ve also been influenced by other Instagramers who do nature (and other stuff) really well, including @gregsweney @janske @tazcal @lachlanpayne @sulu1 @kerewin @benjaminhole @beardofbeez @skwii @darrenerbe and many others.
N: Do you edit your photos or do they just come out of the lens looking that way? If yes, what are your favorite tools?
L: I try to do as little to the photo as possible. My goal is to always get a good composition straight from the lens and to make it work with minimal filtering. But that’s not always possible… plus, I like to play. When I have time, I like to make subtle tweaks to brightness, tones, contrast, white balance, etc. using Snapseed. Or convert to black and white. I really like the bw filter options on Snapseed. I also use Snapseed’s Center Focus feature quite a lot to darken or lighten the inner and outer brightness of a shot. It can add that last little kick of depth and drama to a photo. I’m partial to the Amaro, Rise, and Valencia filters on IG. Or no filter at all.
N: What is with your draw to trees? When and how did this happen?
L: Trees are the most ever-present subjects at my disposal—more so than people or structures—so it’s easy for me to shoot them. When I first started using Instagram in earnest in January 2012, there were several tree tags including one started by @kerewin called #ilovebaretrees and another started by @x80sgrl called #treeveins. I tagged my pictures to these galleries and got exposed to lots of other people’s work that way, and started developing my own style. The funny thing is, I love to shoot structures and people, too. I’ve taken some of my favorite pictures in New York City, Paris, airports—no trees involved!
N: Tell me about your #solo_tree project. How did it get started? What significance does it have to you?
L: I have always been charmed by the lone-tree image. It reminds me of the first artwork we make when we are children. The lone tree is iconic in children’s art, and so imbued with potential meaning. Is it a symbol of the self? A statement of independence? A manifestation of loneliness? Anyway, it took me a while to figure out how to get a really good #solo_tree shot, and once I did, I got a little obsessed with them! I started the project on a whim with another IGer, @mungodog. I posted a picture of a lone tree and she casually mentioned I should start a tag. I’d been thinking about starting something, and asked her if she’d want to do it with me. So we started it together.
N: I noticed that you have participated in some “Insta Meet.” How was that experience? Have you been involved in any other community photoshoots or projects?
L: It’s a lot of fun to meet up with like-minded people you’ve met on Instagram. It’s a great way to expand your social circle with other people for whom iPhone photography and IG are common denominators. This summer, I traveled to Paris for work and met up with someone I knew from IG. It was a fun way to connect and see the city from an insider’s perspective.
N: Is there a particular photo that you are most prod of? Can you tell us why it is your favorite?
L: This is hard, but I really like some of the black and white photos I’ve done. They aren’t as well received on my feed, but I feel like they’re some of the best examples of how I see things. This is one of my favorites. It’s a field on a farm about a mile from my house. I pass it every day on the way to work. The way it looks seems to change all the time. It doesn’t look quite like this now.
N: Can you show us a few more that you love and the significance or them or what you particularly love about them?
L: This was one of my first solo trees, and people seemed to like it. I love that it looks so serene and sophisticated, yet it “lives” at a local shopping mall. Ha!
As I mentioned, I love taking pictures of people and structures, and I love to shoot in urban settings. This one was taken in Grand Central Station in New York City. There’s something very Sopranos about it.
I was in Spain earlier this year for work and saw this tree while I was riding my bike up a long climb in the Spanish Pyrenees. I passed this tree, then doubled back so I could take the picture. I love the sea in the background. It’s the Bay of Biscay.
This last one was taken over the summer in Paris along the Siene, where the city sets up a faux beach called Paris Plage. I love the composition of this shot, the juxtaposition of the pedestrians and the umbrella, and the moment when they notice the little girl building a sand castle.
N: Do you have any plans of pursuing photography further?
L: I sometimes imagine that! But for now, I really enjoy taking pictures with my iPhone and encouraging my daughter to make art.
N: Can your work be found anywhere else that we should know about?
L: Not at the moment!
Abstracting the Essence: A Conversation with Kristine by Crystal Labbato
There is little more satisfying about participating in a mobile photography community than the joy felt while watching the way a favorite photographer explores and re-explores their own private corner of the universe. Even better still is when that relentless pursuit of seeing continuously produces images that at once soothe and exhilarate the senses.Kristine Norlander (@kristinenor) is one of these photographers.
Kristine often describes her mobile photos as “daily sketches.” Indeed there is something to this in the sense that she has developed a very personal vocabulary to describe the whats and wheres and hows of the way she sees. Her photographs have the ability to tell entire stories in a single breath. She is able to capture all of the feelings of expansiveness and complexity in her environment, exquisitely reducing them to their most essential elements in a visual expression which is uniquely her own.- Crystal
Crystal: Will you share with us how you first became interested in mobile photography?
Kristine: A friend of mine showed me the app about two years ago, and my first thought was that this was a perfect place to collect everyday sketches of things that caught my eye. After a while I noticed that it was not only about collecting pretty stuff, but also receiving inspiration in different ways of seeing from other IGers all over the world. And then – I was kinda hooked. My ways of sharing pictures developed from shooting pretty things into a new way of communicating; expressing emotions and telling stories in my own visual language
Crystal: What is your usual process for creating one of your elegant mobile sketches?
Kristine: For me, mobile photography is basically about seeing. Looking at your surroundings with a different eye, finding beauty in the transformation of things as you place them into a new context. I shoot a lot – beauty is everywhere. And then the process continues as I edit; picking up pictures in Snapseed and check out what kind of cropping that works. What feels good. Straighten, tune – and I got this habit of desaturating the images, I guess. Colors tend to be too loud. Maybe a round in VSCOcam to see if it brings out some more quality. And that is basically it. Sometimes it is fun to play with different editing apps – like Decim8 and Woodcamera, but I tend to go back to my basic tools; Snapseed and VSCOcam.
Crystal: I feel like you draw inspiration from many sources, music, art, and especially the beauty and love in your life. Are there any particular themes or individuals influencing you especially right now?
Kristine: Inspiration like you say – is everywhere. Of course there are some kind of themes that I often find pleasure playing with; simple lines, empty spaces, shadowplay, reflections, wallportraits, transparency and so on… A theme I love to play with right now is the thing that is most common in this country during wintertime; the color white. How I can build images based on shades of white is really inspiring. And as far as individuals are inspiring me; posting and interacting on IG is all about being inspired by the perspective from users. I learn a lot from that
Crystal: The word “style” can sometimes be a limiting word… but I definitely see a distinct visual language in your photos, and ongoing themes that you revisit over time. What are the sorts of things you like to look for in your photographs? Do you have a favorite subject you like to explore?
Kristine: Well, I guess my visual language has been shaped by different aspects. I used to be a potter – made vessels and sculptures in clay – always in search of the perfect shape and texture. It was a powerful passion. The same passion is there when I shoot pictures; looking for shapes, surfaces and textures – the pure kinds. Perfection. Simplicity. Beauty
I have also been working as a teacher in visual arts in high school for over 15 years now. Teaching about subjects like composition for so long has brainwashed me, I guess. I am a sucker for compositions, loving the process of framing and balancing.
And I love abstract and minimal art; the idea of reaching towards some kind of basic, sublime truth. I love working with emptiness in my images. Something about quietness and how it allows associations to be noticed.
On Instagram, sharing pictures is much about communication. And I like the idea that other people can relate to my pictures in terms of their own memories, feelings or pictures seen. I think I really like the idea that we are all a bunch of sensitive people out there. And we all reach towards each other – wanting to know about ways to see and explore this life. And the visual language shared goes a bit deeper than words sometimes. I think we learn a lot by looking at our shared stories
Crystal: I know you share photos on EyeEm as well as IG. Sometimes IG seems to me very heavily influenced by American culture and trends. Will you talk a little bit about the landscape and culture of your beautiful homeland of Norway and how your environment shapes the images you make?
Kristine: Of course, as for many Norwegians, nature is a big inspiration for me too. Being outdoors, exploring deep woods or high mountains, being by the coast in summertime or go skiing in some big, white space during winter. We love that, and – we shoot it. Those pleasures along with the clean, Scandinavian design-style seems to influence the visual language of many Scandinavian IGers with me (for example @paldyb @elinlia @sannalin @ragnhildsvisuelle @dennishjelmstrom C: You have brought mobile photography to your classroom. What do your students come away with after a photowalk?
Kristine: That is an interesting theme, really. I am writing my masterdegree in arts and crafts these days – about how to use mobile photography as a creative tool. Mainly I write about my experience making my own work using IG as a case. But I also get to test it on some of my students. One of the subjects I teach is media design; where photography is a big theme. Traditionally the pupils use DSLR´s to shoot in school, but using their smartphones tends to change their ways of seeing. It´s more like sketching, which again tend to be more personal. The smartphone is basically a part of their body. They are used to shoot pictures, and post on IG – (aged 16-19 yrs) but when used in a context where I as a teacher give them simple subjects or themes to look for or work with, it makes them think a little different. And that is my goal. I give them something about which editing apps they should try and how they work, and I show them different IGer-artists. The wide range of possibilities and expressions that can be found out there. I try to give them inspiration, and to show them IG can be used to show so much more than pouty lips and party-pics.
So – before a photowalk, I give them different themes to look for. And then I use the account @ig_nvgs to post the themes as tags that they use on their pictures, and I highlight some of their work on that page Crystal: Recently you brought some of your photographs out of the phone and exhibited in a group gallery show. What was that experience like for you
Kristine: That was a big honor and a great experience. It was the first time I have shown my phonepics as something else than pixels on a screen. And of course talking to real people about our pictures without touching a screen is pretty awesome sometimes!
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In the Light: Portraits with a Nokia Lumia 1020 by Dave Norbut
My first love in photography was capturing people. There is a delicate balance in simultaneously capturing raw spirit and beauty.
There has always been something about looking at a good portrait, to me, that is just mesmerizing. For a long time I have struggled with making portraits that I am happy with, or enjoy looking at myself. I feel after many years, I have finally only just begun to understand light.
This series of images was shot in the span of 2 days at each subjects home. I feel the mood is heavily impacted by how comfortable the subject is. In my early days of taking portraits, I thought all you needed was an interesting character, throw em up against the wall, get close, boom boom, done. Looking back it seemed a very harsh way to do such work. With this series, I spent some time, I took my time, I let my subjects move freely and let them dictate when I snapped the shutter. They told me when they were ready, just with a look or a movement.
The 1020 let me control my exposure, it made capturing the light very simple. It gave me control, much more than I would expect from a mobile device. There is no editing necessary when you can control the camera before you snap the shutter. I was even able to view the image in black and white as I was photographing, also a beautiful thing. I shot everything the same, manually controlling the exposure, in black and white mode through an app called Proshot. I was really interested in seeing how the camera would perform and I was not interested in manipulating the image once I started seeing the results. The soul is the subjects. The mood is in the light. The 1020 silently and reliably performed the task at hand. As someone who is becoming less and less interested in the gimmicks and filters and squares of mobile photography this device is doing a fine job for quality photographs.
Look closely you can see the fluidity of things.
Look closer for clarity.
You’ve reached a soft collision.
Let it pull you into your ocean.
You’ve sailed into your dreaming.
This set, with some revision, was originally featured on the mobile photo/story app, Backspaces. It is an experiment in time lapse, macro and abstract minimalism. The apps used in this set were SlowShutter, Hipstamatic, Lomora, Phonto and my Olloclip. The original bases for the photos were flowers. I was inspired while listening to the ethereal darkwave band Claire Voyant, which also inspired some of the photo titles. This series was an attempt to display the softer aspect of my work and the emotions that I felt while creating these shots comes across in both the photos and the accompanied short passages.
We Are Juxt believes that a picture is worth a thousand words.
We tell stories through our photos, and sometimes a photo can say more than a whole book ever could. These folks I’ve picked to showcase today are from the site iPhoneArt.com ( IPA ) which has some of the most fascinating and beautiful galleries of work I’ve ever seen in one place. It is a small community, but everyone there is a true artist in every way. These are a few that submitted to the 1000 words group. We will try and do this at least once a month, it all depends on the number of submissions we get.
Please visit the site and these artists galleries, there’s plenty more where they came from. To see more from this beautiful gallery go here.
1000 Words IPA is curated by Mike H.
To see 1000 Words from Flickr
To see 1000 Words from IPA.
To see 1000 Words from Facebook
To see 1000 Words from Windows Phone Experience
Just My Imagination by Louise Fryer
IPA // Flickr // Website // Instagram // Tumblr
This photo is really about life decisions, choices, paths that we choose to travel and the thoughts of what would’ve happened if we’d made different decisions, I say ‘we’ when really I guess it’s “I”. Are the lives we lead a direct consequence of our own past decisions or are they already thought out for us? I edited it using Snapseed.
Mental Notes by Christopher Hawkins
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This was shot during a performance I witnessed at MOMA some years ago. Until recently, I just didn’t know what to do with it, but my developing skills on the iPad allowed me to return to it with at least some idea of where I could take it.
In the original image, there were many bemused onlookers in the frame. They had to go, so I used some blurring (BlurFX) and some random splattering (iColorama). Then I realised that I had inadvertently given a smoky, kind of explosive look to the back of the piano. I love it when cool accidental things happen! I added some scratchy effects (ALT Photo) and then a slight vignette and a frame (Snapseed)
I See Through You by Erika Brothers
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The inspiration of this photo started actually a the city ground imagine, as I explored the different options of how humanity sees the city, it came directly to thought that each person sees the city through their own eyes, hence my conceptualization was brought about the harsh reality of the concrete jungle.
The first image was taken with ProCamera, for the fusion of my face with the city I used Superimpose, and final touches of lighting and contrast I used Snapseed.
Charlie & The Rabbit by Elaine Taylor
IPA // AMPt // Eye’Em // Instagram // Facebook
This edit was created for a tag that the amazing Joel Adam had set up on Eye’Em: ‘Further Down The Rabbit Hole”. At that time I had just started to experiment with more creative edits so I welcomed the challenge. It coincided with a time when Charlie was asking on a daily basis for a pet rabbit (he ended up with 2 gerbils instead!) so it’s an image he likes very much.
The original photo was taken at one of Charlie’s favorite places. It’s a place where there are lots of big rocks for him to climb and jump off, and little adventures to have. Just as we were preparing to head home, I saw Charlie standing at the top of this particular rock, with an amazing sky behind him and the light transforming him into a perfect silhouette.
I took the shot using Hipstamatic (John S/Blanko). I used Juxtaposer to add the rabbit silhouette. Then I took the image in to PicFx and ran it through one of the sepia ‘Premixed” filters to add a bit more drama and texture.
Everybody Is Identical In Their Secret Unspoken Belief That Way Deep Down They Are Different From Everyone Else. – David Foster Wallace by Jen Bracewell
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I took this the day I found out I didn’t have breast cancer, December 28. During my six week waiting period for testing and results I kept feeling like “why me”– then I realized “why NOT me”.. Why should I be different? What would happen if I had it? I’m just a speck in this universe. This past month was a hell of a ride and I think it shows in this chopped up self portrait. I used decim8 and Faded to process the image.
Snow Ploughing by Michael Manza
IPA // Flickr // Eye’Em
Some of the best skiing in North America is in the mountains of Vancouver, Canada. A shout out for Whistler! It snows further north in BC and up in the mountains as expected. To get this much snow in the city is extremely rare since the climate here is very similar to Seattle Washington, which the winters consist of mostly rain. The last big snowfall here was over four long days in late December and “The Blizzard of ’96″ was 18 years ago. Originally from the east coast, Toronto Canada, I’m used to big snowfalls and at times miss it. “I said at times” hahaha!!!
This photo was taken on one of those rare snowy occasions. I quickly ran outside to take full advantage of the opportunity. Snapping away as many shots as I could and hoping to capture something descent. My idea behind this particular shot was to combine the snow of that rare day, the slush of what it will turn in to and the grey of what Vancouver normally looks like. Oh yeah! The funny thing is, it was the only snow plough I saw the entire day, I think they only own the one for the whole city!
Apps: 6×7/Snapseed/Alt Photo/Procreate/Picfx/Superimpose
The Show Must Go On – Self Portrait by Natali Prosvetova
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Much of my works, it is a varied bouquet of self-portraits, created in a manner of both narcissism and healthy self-irony. While, the words is not my way to express thoughts and feelings, then, following my Self Portraits can be read a short stories behind the images, the meaning and significance of which is enhanced brief but capacious title. This self-portrait was one of unfinished and constantly continuing series of those, that are frank recognition or revelation, if you prefer.
“The show must go on
Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on”
Apps Used: Native iPhone 5S camera, Snapseed to improve and enhance, Procreate for creating clarity and “gloss”, CameraBag for toning