"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:)