We asked you to submit one work you created in 2016 and which made you proud! We are glad to see some amazingingly creative work. The start of a new year can bring excitement for what’s to come and it’s also the time to make resolutions. Resolutions are all about change, and change is a very good thing.
Do you have a New Year’s art resolution, and if so what is it? It can be trying new mediums, learning new techniques, developing a new style, or even learning more about a new app. We wish you a creative 2017 !
We are amazed to see such creative and spooktacular entries by our artists. All forms of mobile art are accepted and we are glad to announce the results of #SpookyMobileArt Festival 2016.
1st Neelam Ayuningrum ( done in Procreate)
2nd MeanZia Mercado ( done in Sketchbook Pro)
(Left to Right) Angel C Lidon, Christie W Rivet, Christina Chin, Dodi Martin, Maxine Jones, Angie Lambert
(Left to Right) Janis B Lee, Jono Adamson, Kimberly Rivera, Patrick Dalton, Peyton Lease, Ted Azriel
Haunted & Spooky
Special Mention (Spooky Art by Kids): Harry ( 5 yrs), Ryan( 8 yr)
We want to thank you all the participating artists in making this a fun and spooktacular festival. We look forward to your entries next year.
Happy Halloween 2016!
While we were preparing for our first mDAC KIDS & TEENS event we came across an interesting young iPad Artist Zoe Olson who wrote to Apple's CEO Tim Cook to tell him "How the iPad Changed her Illustrating Career". We think she is a great inspiration for all young artists who are seriously thinking of adopting mobile as the new medium.
We interviewed this intriguing artist.
1. Where are you from or current residence?
Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2. How long have you been an artist?
Since I was about six.
3. What drew (haha) you into becoming an artist?
To be honest it started out because I wanted to be better at something than my older sister, Mariah. It wasn't until I was about ten that I became truly passionate about art.
For these next questions, feel free to be as elaborate/detailed as you are comfortable with)
4. Aside from working digitally, do you work in other mediums as well? Favorite non-digital medium?
Mostly just regular pencils for sketching, and some watercolor and acrylics. I tried a lot of different mediums out but didn't feel like any of them fit my style perfectly.
5. Tell me about how/why you got into mobile/ipad art and a short history of what devices/apps/software you have/do use and why (favorite features, how it suits your workflow)
Well, my older brother Jeremy was a designer and bought a really fancy Wacom tablet that he let me use. Eventually, I inherited it. I adored digital art because it felt so freeing and I wasn't afraid to make mistakes. So, when that broke I began saving up for a Wacom Cintiq, but then the iPad Pro came out and I switched directions. I already owned the app Procreate on my iPad Mini and loved it, so I thought that I would enjoy the iPad Pro with Procreate even more than a Wacom Cintiq with Photoshop. I love how the simple interface doesn't distract from what really matters: the painting.
6. Tell me about your influences, favorite art/artists/styles. (Movies, comics, music are also perfectly fine to include in this section)
I love to go on Deviantart (http://lenapen.deviantart.com/) for inspiration. Some artists who have truly changed my views about art are Loish (http://loish.deviantart.com/) and DestinyBlue (http://destinyblue.deviantart.com/). Also, the Disney movie 'Tangled' really had an impact on me. But most influential is most definitely Stephen McCranie. He created my all time favorite webcomic 'Space Boy' (http://m.webtoons.com/en/drama/space-boy/list?title_no=400) and also the amazing nonfiction book 'Brick by Brick' (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0991336704/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_T4w-wb69B5D6V) which is a collection of comic essays that illustrate what it is to be an artist and also how to learn and keep striving to be better. I can't recommend it enough!
7. Do you have a favorite piece that you created? If so, what is it about the piece that makes it one of your favorites?
Probably 'Tiana' because it was the first digital piece that I really put a lot of effort into, and it made me realize what I could do if I worked hard to make a full picture rather than just a ton of random sketches that I never finished.
8. Why is art important to you (from a creator standpoint or art in general)?
Making art is important to me because it is fun, and it makes me feel accomplished when I'm done with a piece. Art in general is important to me because it creates a safe place for me to step into when I need emotional support.
9. What is something you would like to achieve as an artist?
Well, my next goal is to make a comic book completely on the iPad Pro. It is the story of twin superhero sisters who are complete opposites when it comes to dealing with emotions, and a slippery villain who uses people's anger and hate to get into their minds.
10. What do you like to do when not creating art?
Sing, write, and read. I learned to yodel when I was eleven and have been annoying my family ever since.
11. Where can people see your work (links to your websites (Flickr, Google+, DeviantArt), Facebook art/business page, sites for purchasing works (Society 6, Red Bubble, Etsy, etc.)
I update my blog (http://www.theipadartist.org/) weekly, and am on Twitter (https://twitter.com/zoolson) daily. And youtube. If you want to commission me, my email is:firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Any advice for budding student artists?
Just get out there as soon as possible! The best learning experience I ever had was when I took a job illustrating a children's book for a stranger online. It was a lot of hard work, but it broadened my capacity a ton. I feel so lucky to have such a head start to my career at fifteen! If you are in high school I would recommend you do the same, since you most likely aren't having to support yourself, so you can work for cheap. Working for cheap will get you more jobs, which will get you more experience. Then, by the time you actually DO have to start supporting yourself, you will have enough experience to charge more.
We thank Zoe and wishes her Good Luck with her journey with iPad pro! If you want to learn to create and illustrate, join us at mDAC
The highlight of the programme today is David Hays. His photos of 'still life' are amazing! It's always a pleasure to look at them and feel calmness, warmth and coziness.
I asked him 20 questions, and here are his detailed and interesting answers. Enjoy!
1. When did you start photography and which camera did you use at that time?
I think I’ve always been into photography…even as a kid I was always taking pictures with my parent’s cameras. I started getting serious about photography as an undergraduate back in the 70’s when I took my first photography class. My camera then…a plastic toy camera…the Diana! My first love!!
2. I took up photography because...
The magic! Capturing a moment in time…seeing it in a different perspective. Working in the darkroom and watching the image appear on my negatives and paper. Powerful stuff!
3. Who are your favourite photographers?
You know, I don’t have any favorite photographers. Seriously! There are many, many folks whose work I admire but I can’t say that any of them are favorites. Sorry!!
4. What does inspire you as a photographer?
My inspiration comes from life around me. A moment catches my attention and I’ll try to capture it with a camera. Light and dark inspire me…it’s the shadows of life that I find the most inspiring.
5. Can you recommend us any photo books, magazines or websites that could be interesting or/and helpful?
There are two websites that I follow that I’d recommend. Art of Mob (http://artofmob.blogspot.com) and The App Whisperer (http://theappwhisperer.com). Both are great sources of information about iphoneography and photographers. There are other websites that I check into from time to time but these are my top two. I would also recommend following as many photographers as you can on Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, etc. There is some fabulous work being shown on these streams…you need to see it!
6. When and why did you switch over to the mobile photography?
Truth be told, I’ve not totally switched over to mobile photography! My iphone is always with me so I’m most apt to grab a shot with it but I still use my Nikon DSLR on a regular basis…and keep thinking that I’ll dust off my film cameras any day now. You know…it’s not what you take the picture with that’s important. It’s the fact that you did!
7. Which kind of mobile device do you use for taking pictures?
I use an iPhone 6 to do my mobile picture taking…and an iPad3 for most of my editing. This is not to say I don’t edit on my iPhone, I do. I just like the bigger screen the iPad gives me.
8. How many apps do you usually use and which one is your favourite?
I own hundreds of apps…most of which are sitting idle. There was a time when I would use 5 or 6 different apps but not so much any more. Lately I find that I can achieve the look I’m after 2 or 3 apps at most! Typically I’ll start with an app like PS Express to do some cropping and basic exposure tweeks. Then I’ll go to one of these apps: Stackables, Mextures, Distressed FX, or VSCO to finish. Other times I might just use Snapseed from start to finish! Now, after saying all of that, I do like a couple of other apps that I do use when I’m feeling a little more playful. Those would be iColorama, Procreate, and Repix to name a few of my favorites.
9. How do you estimate the situation in today's mobile photography? Are you happy with it? Or may be you see some problems, etc. Share with us your thoughts, please
I’m a bit of a late comer to iphoneography…not coming into it until the day of the iPhone4. Folks were still toting the idea of simplicity…take the shot, do a quick app, and publish. I really liked this idea. Still do. It was this simplicity that caused me to fall in love with iphoneography and for a number of years abandon my film and digital ways. Today, there is more and more emphasis on creating what I consider “digital art” vs. iphoneography. App developers have created mini-versions of Photoshop…and everyone’s mobile devices are becoming more like DSLR’s! So much so that I feel that the power of iphoneography is being lost in all the layering I see going on in many mobile images. Might as well pick up the DSLR and brush up on your Photoshop skills! In any case, there’s still room for everyone’s style with iphoneography…minimal to “app the hell out of it”!
10. Do you take pictures for yourself or for audience?
I take pictures for myself. These are my take on life around me and while I know that I’m influenced by other images, in the end…if I don’t like it…I don’t publish it!
11. Show us 2-3 your favourite photos taken by yourself
I’ve been spending a lot of time creating still life images this year…so here are three recent images that I like a lot: “Milkweed” (Snapseed, Mextures); “Cracked” (Stackables); and “Radish” (VSCO). All were shot using my iPhone6 native camera app and processed on my iPad.
12. Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs?
I don’t want to say anything with my images…just that this is what I saw at a particular moment in time. I’ll let others decided if there is any deep hidden meaning to my work. I suppose there is…but I don’t know what it is!
13. Have your works been exhibited/published?
I publish/exhibit my work everyday on my IG, Flickr, and Tumblr streams. As for the more traditional venues, I have been honored to have my images show up in The Art of Mob, The AppWhisperer, and iPhonegraphyCentral showcases from time to time. Come this December, my images will be published a special edition magazine put out by The Woven Tale Press and shown at a companion exhibit at The Empty Spaces Gallery in Connecticut.
14. Tell us about a photographic opportunity you have missed
An opportunity missed? Probably one everyday! While I’m sure there have been times when I wished I had my camera with me, I can’t think of any time in particular. That’s what I like about mobile photography…I always have my iPhone with me…and I’m not shy about using it!
15. What would you say to your younger self?
Be less risk adverse…take more chances when it comes to developing your photography. Do it now
16. Tell us your favourite photographic quote
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
17. Which characteristics do you need to become a photographer?
A vision. If you have that then everything else will fall into place.
18. Do you have a photographic habit that you wish you could get rid of?
Stop being as critical about my images…I’m my own worst critic! There are times when I won’t take the shot as I worry about it not being good enough.
19. Black&White or Colour?
Black & White. My first love. There’s nothing like a black & white image where the photographer has taken care of business. There’s power in the shadows!
20. What is your dream project?
I consider myself to be a mixed media artist as well as a photographer. My dream project would be one where I put it all together…photography, painting, collaging, and assemblage. I will do this someday.
I want to thank David for his time and collaboration!
Enjoy his wonderful pictures on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/clearerreflections and follow him on Instagram (@clearerreflections)
About the Author
Yulia is a mobile photographer who exclusively use her android phone for all her artwork. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions through out the world including mDAC Summit 2015, The DarkRoom Gallery, The Appwhisperer, Pixel & B&W photography Magazine. She is currently in charge of the mobile photography wing of Mobile Art Academy - teaching, interviewing, blogging and curating shows & events.
I hope you are doing well and nothing prevents you from being happy :)
This time, I want to talk about the beauty of everyday life. Our life is crazy, we are always in rush, 24 hours in a day is not enough for us. And we don't pay attention to lots of things that surround us.
Let's have a look at this problem in the context of photography. When do most people usually take photos? And what are their usual subjects?
I made a list of situations when we usually take pictures and what those pictures about:
1. When not in a rush, we have plenty of time and we walk around paying attention to the life blossoming around us. (If we are not staring at our mobile phone, of course, trying not to miss anything in our virtual life, which is more intense for some people than the real one, unfortunately)
Pictures we make in this case:
- road disappearing in a perspective;
- narrow side street;
- spider's web with the rain drops on it;
- fallen leaves;
- dogs / cats / birds...;
- our feet.
2. We are celebrating something with our friends. In this case again - we have plenty of time + even more. All we have to do is talking, laughing, dancing, eating, drinking and of course - making tons of pictures :)
Pictures we make in this case:
- our friends;
- selfie with our friends;
- food again...
3. We are at vacation. When we come back home our smartphone + timeline on the social network is full of the pictures of:
- us relaxing on a sunbed with a cocktail/book/magazine;
- tourist attractions;
4. We spend our evening or a weekend at home and take pictures of:
There are thousands of articles on the internet which will tell you about the photo cliches and photos that are very popular among the people. I have another aim now -- I want to ask you to look wider at things that surround you. And you'll realize that people pass by so many beautiful or unusual things not paying attention to them at all.
I collected some of my photos to show you what I mean and accompany each one with a short comment stating - when I took the picture, under what circumstances and why I like it :)
I divided the pictures into 3 parts.
1. OUTSIDE PICTURES
This picture provokes unpleasant feelings. My kids were playing at the school playground and I was waiting for them sitting at the table when I noticed a tiny doll's hand on it. I would never take a picture of it if I'd not have been in a bad mood this day. After editing (Snapseed) it started to resemble a notebook cover:
The next 3 pictures are about lines and shapes made by shadows, tiles, plants, etc. Sometimes these lines cross in very beautiful way and I love to fix it:) Pictures were edited in Snapseed app:
I can't explain the reason, but people love to take pictures of their feet. Mostly women of course:) If you google "feet selfie" you'll find more than 30 mln results! But most of them are very similar. And by adding some details you can stand out against the crowd:)
This picture I took while walking to the parking. My car was parked at the space number 32, right as my age is now. Another thing I like - blue colour of my dress, shoes and number. When I'll be 52, I'll take picture with number 52 and compare my feet 20 years later;) Photo was edited with VSCO + Snapseed apps:
2. HOME PICTURES
The second part is about pictures that were taken at home. I love to pay attention to the details: light, shade, shapes, usual things looking unusual. For example this one I took when I was preparing for my flower photo session. I love the light here. Nothing special, but photo is so warm:
This picture makes me sad because it was taken at my last day in London. The last minutes in our house, the last day in the UK... I was standing in the empty room, remembering our life in this nice city and not quite realizing that tomorrow new phase of my life starts in USA. Love lines here, tones and light feeling of sadness that I feel looking at the photo... Edited in VSCO:
I love this picture. We moved to our new house, received the container and when we finished unpacking our stuff, there were tons of paper everywhere. Wonderful opportunity to make a nice shot. I used VSCO to edit the picture:
I took this picture among others to submit to Curvilinear contest in the Darkroom Gallery. The jury chose another one, but I like this one because of its simplicity, soft lines and tones. I didn't make any preparations to take the picture. I just opened the cupboard and made the shot. Edited in VSCO + Snapseed:
I like to paint sometimes. I'm not good at it, but it's a big pleasure for me to keep me busy with brushes, watercolours, oil paints, pastels... whatever... Once, at the end of my painting I was trying to clean the plate from the oil paints with the kitchen towel. Here is the result:) Edited in VSCO:
The next photo is about light. It can be nothing special on the picture but if you have a nice lighting, it helps SO much to make a nice "warm" picture from nothing. Edited in VSCO:
I love this photo. One of my favourite. I was working with flowers. That means everything is upside down around me: paper, flowers, vases, leaves... I remember that I took pictures of faded sunflowers on the white and black background. When I noticed a caterpillar in this position I couldn't resist taking picture of it:) I used Snapseed for editing:
One more thing I want to say about - pay attention to reflections. Sometimes it helps to make interesting pictures. You can amplify the impression by adding suitable quote to your photo. Edited with Snapseed and Color Pop:
The last one in this part is the picture that I really love! The story is simple. No preparations at all. Table, bottle shade, sunlight and seeds thats all I've found that day. Editing in Snapseed added more transparency to the picture. I loved the description of my friend - She called it "Infernal". It really is. The value of pictures like that for me is in spontaneity in combination with the interesting result:
The last part is about food. I will make a separate post about food photography. It's huge and really interesting topic. But here I would like to talk about "quick" pictures that I make sometimes if I see a good light or I look at the food and understand that it should be photographed:)
No preparations at all in the case with the pomegranate and pasta. Edited in VSCO:
Next 2 pictures are about the light again. If you have a wonderful light, just grab all you want, any food ingredients you want, any kitchen accessories you like. Mix, play and enjoy the results:)
But it's better to do when you are not hungry. For me, it's as hard as shopping when I'm hungry... Edited with VSCO:
Cooking is a great process when you can make funny pictures or even postcards;) All you need - your imagination, funny food:) and apps for editing. I used Snapseed + InstaSize for adding text:
A little conclusion. Look wiser and you will see more. Never switch off your imagination! Think creatively always, pay attention even to things that seem not interesting and ordinary. And as happy egg says: "Don't worry, be happy!":) I'll be back soon with a new post. Take care!
We are amazed to see such creative and spooktacular entries by our artists. All forms of mobile art are accepted and we are glad to announce the results of #SpookyMobileArtFestival.
1st. Mark Tonelli (SketchBook Pro)
2nd. Meri Walker
(Camera+, zombie booth, Leonardo, handy photo)
3rd. Catherine Randall
Winning "Spooky Pumpkin Art" by Christina Chin (ArtRage)
(Left to Right)
Jim Perdue, Susan Murtaugh, Jeff Hebert, Yulia Naganova
(Left to Right)
Jo Sullivan, Tino Cruz, Kristie Caskey, Kim Martino-Diaz, Joslyn Igoa, Fazamatazz RWebster, Joan Sweeney, Maxine Jones,Jayashree Sadasivan
Haunted & Spooky
We want to thank you all the participating artists in making this a fun and spooktacular festival. We look forward to your entries next year.
Happy Halloween 2015!
In my third post, I'm going to talk about the app that I discovered for myself about a year ago, Pixlr-o-Matic. This app is available for both Android and iPhone users, and the interface is very similar with some minor differences. I will describe the Android version here, but I'm sure that iPhone owners will sort it out easily relying on the instructions below.
At the moment when I installed Pixlr-o-Matic, I was acquainted with Instagram presets only. That's why all new filters, effects, frames seemed really cool to me. I started to experiment with everything I saw around me. I got some of my first pictures for you:
Time passed... I discovered some more apps for myself, compared them, started to mix them and now I can make a conclusion about Pixlr-o-Matic relying on the information I have and my own experience.
But first, let me introduce you this app. The interface is simplicity itself.
Press the icon in the upper left corner. You will see the Settings:
Pressing the icon in the upper right corner will lead you to the pixlr.com
To start editing we need a picture, right? You can either choose the Snapshot icon and take a picture, or Upload icon which will let you see your library. Let's choose the second option now:
To start work on a new picture from your camera roll chose the one you would like to edit and tap on it. For example, this one:
As I said before, the interface is very easy. Only 5 buttons and nothing more.
So, from the left to the right:
1. The arrow returns you to the main page without saving your editing.
2. The Film item lets you choose the filter you like. There is a huge amount of them:
3. The Lamp Item lets you choose different effects if you need them
4. The Frame icon is to frame your picture. Be careful with frames. Don't use them every time with every picture. There are many examples when frame diverts your attention from the photo. There is a simple rule for me while editing pictures: if I look at the picture and see the frame, that means I don't need the frame in this case. Or I can try another one. Usually, if the picture is good, it doesn't need any frame.
5. The Floppy disk item means "Save the result".
So. Now let's see what we can do with our Tulips. Let's start with cropping. I should say that this tool is not very useful here because it doesn't allow you to crop your image as you wish. Look at the picture below:
I prefer uncropped image. To return it press this icon one more time.
At the upper right corner, you can see 2 icons. The left one will lead you to the filters/effects/frames collections:
The cross button will return you back to your editing page.
There is another tool in the upper right corner -- 2 crossed arrows. I never used this button in my editing. But if you want to have some fun try it. Press it until you are happy with the result :) This tool applies filter + effect + frame randomly for your picture. And results are unexpected every time:). I'll show you some of them:
Let's come back to the start and make something good finally:). So. Firstly I play with filters. When the app is new for you and you know nothing about it, just try everything. And chose what you like. I think TONY Filter would be OK for our picture:
Now let's see what we can do with the effect. I tried some and chose 2 effects that seem quite fine. Here they are:
The next step is Frame. If I edit this picture for myself I wouldn't frame it. But here I want to show you all possible steps. For the first picture, I chose Cornered frame, for the second one - Smoke.
Now it's time to save our pictures. One by one of course. Press the bottom right icon and choose the size:
And here are 2 pictures we made (I prefer the left one :) ):
If you want to apply 2 filters or 2 effects for 1 picture, you should apply the first one, save, open the saved picture again and apply another filter or effect. For example:
1. Original Picture + Sara Filter + Weave effect -- Save = Picture 1
2. Picture 1 + Sophia Filter -- Save = Picture 2
3. Picture 1 + Agatha Filter + Sand Frame -- Save = Picture 3
Here are some more pictures edited with Pixlr-o-Matic:
And before I'll make a conclusion about Pixlr-o-Matic, I want you to have a look at photos made by people who never used this app before. My aim was to involve new people in this interesting and exciting process of editing photos. And it was a pleasure for me to hear from them that they loved it and were glad to make their contribution to the blog. Huge Thanks to all of them!:)
Finally, it's time for the conclusion!:)
Well, for me Pixlr-o-matic was like the first love:) and first love, as you know will be never forgotten:)
Ok, I love the huge amount of frames despite I use them very rarely. I love that developers offer something new quite often. And the most cool thing about this app is - it's very easy to use, very intuitive - good for those who just start editing pictures with their smartphones.
This app is more for fun, don't cavil at it's negatives. AUTODESK offers another app Pixlr with much more opportunities than Pixlr-o-Matic.
So. If you are a beginner in mobile editing, this app is quite good to start with. If you are a very experienced mobile photographer / artist, try it anyway and maybe you will find some effects or filters that you'll like and will use in your art.
Best wishes to everyone and see you later at the same place:)
Good day everyone!
Hope you are doing well. I'm ready to share with you some inspiring photos, beautiful quotes and even my wonderful mood :)
So! This is our second post here in the MobilePhotography Section. And I'm going to talk a little bit about the age-old problem -- "Is Photography Art or is it absolutely ridiculous to think so"
There is a huge number of articles and videos on the Internet where people try to explain and prove that Photography is Art. And there are the same huge number of articles and videos where people argue against it.
I'll tell you what I think about this "big problem":)
But firstly I should say that I'm not a super-duper professional photographer with high experience. I'm just a young lady addicted to beautiful emotional pictures with opinions that I want to share and discuss with others. You can agree with it, you can argue about it, all good. And our life wouldn't be so interesting and many-sided if we all were the same:)
Fundamental question here is "What does Art mean?"
Here is what Wikipedia says:
"Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art."
And here are some thoughts of artists:
1. "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth"- Pablo Picasso
2. "The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her." - William Morris Hunt
3. "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh
4. "Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to 'walk about' into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?" Wassily Kandinsky
5. "The goal of art was the vital expression of self" - Alfred Stieglitz
Do you agree with all these points of view?
- Yes. I completely agree with all of them
- I agree with some items
- I disagree with all those points and I have my own answer for the question you asked
All answers are correct. Whatever you choose.
Because there is no single correct definition of Art. Like there is no single definition for BEAUTY, for HAPPINESS, for LOVE.
We all are very different people, with our own special background, experience, problems, education, family relations... And all these imprint on our life perception.
My point of view is that Art is for pleasure, for getting different kinds of emotions. It's the absolutely perfect way to express your feelings and say something that you can't say with words.
Painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, music, literature, architecture, cinema, theatre... All these could or couldn't be art. And even more -- the same photo, the same painting, the same ballet etc. could be the Art for one person and absolute nonsense for another. It doesn't mean we have to shout ourselves hoarse that our opponent understands nothing. No, please. We are all civilized, educated and polite people here, aren't we?:) It just means that we all will never ever come to the general opinion about anything. And it's great!
A couple of days ago I found an article in The Guardian newspaper called "The $6.5m canyon: it's the most expensive photograph ever – but it's like a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel"
The author completely disagrees that Photography is Art. In his opinion, it's Technology and nothing more. But as I see it, it's the same as if I say: "I bought absolutely wonderful and very expensive brushes + the most expensive watercolours and now I'm an artist. Now I can paint 100% gorgeous pictures with all this stuff"
Of course if your point of view is opposite you can argue with him, become nervous, get a headache... but again. Don't do that. I need you all here happy and positive:)
And at the end I would like to ask you: when you feel comfortable, absolutely happy and joyful with someone, when you are ready to do all he/she needs, just to make him/her happy, do you care at the moment what this feeling is called? Sympathy, Tenderness, Friendship or Love? It doesn't matter at all! Because the main thing is what you feel, but not what it's called.
The same is with Photography. If you enjoy the picture, if it leaves the trace in your heart, if you forget about your problems even for a moment while looking at the photo, if you FEEL something - it's great! Leave all those "Is Photography Art" debates to others. Don't argue, it's a waste of time in this case. Better, go and grab a photo book, a magazine, etc. and enjoy! Or if you don't have one, watch the inspiring video I made for you:) 25 iconic photographers in history:
Have a nice day/evening and see you soon!
"The value of photography is in the ability to find beauty and meaning of our life. That's what we have to study".
- Aleksandr Lapin
I'm really excited about this new section of Mobile Art Blog. I'm going to make interesting, informative, vivid posts with lots of photos, stories, recommendations and my personal experience sometimes. I do hope you will like this new section and it would be wonderful to receive feedbacks from you with your comments, questions and offers.
I'm sure all of you have millions of photos on your computer, laptop, iPad, smartphone, so on, so on... So do I:) We all love to take pictures, to record our life, to share photos with friends. We can't imagine our life without photos nowadays.
I fell in love with the process of taking pictures about 10 years ago. I used my camera at that time and photographed everything that I saw around me: windows, birds, architecture, flowers, sky...
But all these pictures were ordinary, there was nothing special in them. I understood it and tried to find a field of photography where I can make something unusual. And I switched to the food photography:
But the same thing! I was happy with some of my pictures, but I didn't have that feeling like: "WOW! That's what I want to do!"
The next step in this endless photo-direction was ... portrait. I thought it's a wonderful idea to take pictures of people. I loved to photograph my own kids and I thought it would be wonderful to meet new people, to talk to them, to make beautiful pictures of them that would reflect their personality.
There is a wonderful photographer in Saint-Petersburg Daniil Rabovsky. I met with him and explained what I want. We had couple of theory lessons and practice where I received tones of information about the work in a studio:
This time again - the process was interesting, but there were so many details about camera settings, light settings, Photoshop settings... OMG... I'm not tech-savvy person, please, is there anything that let you enjoy the photography process without requiring a huge amount of technical details?...
One day I visited The Photographers' Gallery in London (Home Truths and Jacques Henri Lartigue Exhibitions) and bought my first issue of B&W Photography Magazine.
Besides that one my good friend from Moscow got the absolutely perfect book "Photography as..." written by a famous Russian photographer Aleksandr Lapin for me. I was impressed and inspired -- I realized that the main and the most important quality in a photographic process is your vision. And you should train this first. And it doesn't matter what type of camera you use.
My smartphone was always with me and I gradually switched to it completely. I did not edit my photos, I just tried to make it interesting. Then I read about Hipstamatic app but I had an Android and this app is not available on this platform. So I installed Pixlr-o-matic and was experimenting with it until I found out VCSO Cam.
Here are my first pictures with these 2 apps. I mixed them sometimes:
I always liked to photograph flowers, leaves, trees... A lot of people do it, right?:) After the rain -- spider webs, colorful fall trees, a field of sunflowers...
But I still remember the day when my SmartFlora project started. It was beautiful sunny day in London, March 22 2015 when I decided to take a picture of faded rose and to throw it away afterward. Then I edited these 3 images... and I was filled with joy -- for the first time in my life I was really satisfied with my work! I'm happy with the result and I want to continue in this nice floral direction.
Half a year passed since this first pictures were made. Photo "Shade" was exhibited at Palo Alto Art Centre during Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit in August 2015 and another one "Pink Tenderness" was accepted for October exhibition in DarkRoom Gallery.
I'm really happy to continue in this beautiful direction and now besides that I'm glad to be a part of Mobile Art Academy and share my thoughts about Mobile Photography with you.
Have a nice day/evening/morning!
And I'm looking forward to the next post:)
We have compiled a video of all the art displayed at mDAC 2015. This includes mobile paintings and mobile photo art. Various mobile apps are used to create these wonderful pieces. Once again congratulations to all the selected artists. Enjoy and share this with your friends to appreciate fellow artists and mobileArt.
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