Posted on January 16, 2015
When you’re in flow, the spirit expands and the world becomes magically filled with possibilities.
Playing or singing music is perhaps one of the most universal ways to enter flow. I don’t sing anymore, but whenever I’m taking photos, I almost always feel in flow. Ditto for the postproduction process. Perhaps that’s why I’m so addicted to mobile photography–the means for flow is always right there with me. “Expansion” was taken and processed in an iPhone 5s.
Category: Art and Photography, Inspiration Tagged: art, creativity, dreamlike, dreams, dreamy, flow, inspiration, iphone, iphoneography, magical, mihaly csikszentmihalyi, mobile photography, music, photography, saxophone, spirit, surreal, tenor saxophone
Posted on January 12, 2015
There was a beautiful fog when I stepped outside work today. I love fog (see here and here). I will stop on the side of the road if needed in order to get a shot. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do that today.* The field behind the Y–right across the street–was beckoning with oh-so-many possibilities.
I shot in black and white with MPro, but when I came home I couldn’t resist playing around. I’m searching for a formula for a certain type of sepia and I haven’t found it yet. I’ll be patient. I’ve only recently started mixing different filters from different apps to find the perfect one. Today I played with the photos in Snapseed and Stackables apps. I didn’t get it today, but I definitely had fun trying. The collage was made with Moldiv.
*Does stopping by the library to get a picture of the water tower count?
Category: Art and Photography Tagged: fog, iphone, iphoneography, mobile photography, moldiv, photography, sepia, smartphone photography, snapseed, stackables
Posted on January 4, 2015
Brain fog. The consequence of sitting for far too long at one Starbucks table reading about Lacan, Winnicott, and sadomasochism on a computer screen.
My escape from brain fog: photographing the fountain nearby, in the rain, and playing with the images for the rest of the afternoon. Violà! Six digital collages.
The collages started as black and white photos taken with MPro on my iPhone which I then collaged with the app Moldiv, processed in Stackables and Snapseed, and re-collaged a couple of more times. Only a trace is left of the original inspiration, but the results are fun!
Category: Art and Photography Tagged: Digital Art, digital collage, iphoneography, mobile photography, moldiv, mpro, snapseed, stackables
Posted on November 21, 2013
A couple of years ago, I was playing with my point and shoot camera, bored with the shots I’d been taking. I was looking around in the yard for another possibility when I saw the heat pump and heard it whirring away.
What if I put my camera up to the air grille?
What resulted is still one of my favorite unexpected outcomes in my own journey as a photographer. Black and white versions of some of the photos from that day are in a post at Creative Thresholds.
Recently I revisited that same heat pump, this time with my iPhone. I wanted to play and see what resulted. It was just as much fun as before….
I used Snapseed for post-processing.
Category: Art and Photography Tagged: heat pump, iphoneography, mobile photography, smartphone photography, snapseed
Posted on October 7, 2013
I hadn’t planned to participate in the Phoneography challenge this week, but as I was driving home today the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen drifting over harvested cornfields was too tempting not to try and capture.
Posted on September 16, 2013
A couple of weeks ago I played hooky from all my early morning responsibilities by taking my iPhone out for a leisurely (and beautiful) walk in the fog. I posted a couple of the photos from that day in What I Did Instead….. What I’d forgotten is how many photos I’d taken with Camera + that I’d not moved to my camera roll. I discovered them last Wednesday when I’d stopped to take a photo of a rainbow on my way home from work and opened the app.
I probably would’ve left the photos a bit longer had I not learned about iPhoneography Monday at the end of last week and thought they’d be perfect for the black and white challenge this week. I took a few, processed them in Dramatic Black & White, and added frames (frame: Shadow II) in Photo Toaster.
These were shot in color and processed into black and white. When I first picked up a camera, a photographer friend, whose monochrome photography I adore, told me that all he ever did was shoot in color. He learned how to see a color scene in terms of the possibilities of black and white. (As a young photographer, he actually started by shooting in black and white–film–but came to enjoy the challenge of shooting in color for black and white.) For the most part, that’s what I do with all my cameras. But I’m beginning to dabble in shooting with various monochrome camera apps , especially MPro. I plan to post some of those explorations as well. Do you have a favorite app you use for black and white mobile photography?
Posted on September 8, 2013
One morning last week I got up and didn’t write. I didn’t read. I didn’t exercise. I took my antsy self outside into the fog with my iPhone(‘s camera) and leisurely walked the road.
Category: Art and Photography Tagged: hooky, iphoneography, mobile photography, photography, playing hooky, smartphone photography
Posted on August 25, 2013
It’s not impossible to catch what you want the most….
Another photo from the night at the bonfire I mentioned in Wim Wenders, iPhoneography, and the “Now.”
Category: Art and Photography Tagged: iphoneography, mobile photography, photography, smartphone photography
Posted on August 16, 2013
Wim Wenders may be known primarily as an amazing filmmaker, but he’s also a great photographer. Recently I listened to an interview in which he discusses the art. For Wenders, photography is a very present medium, that is, it’s about capturing the moment—the “now.” He laments its practice today, with the use of digital cameras and Photoshop, because many—if not most—photographers are already thinking about postproduction (what will be changed later in Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.) as they take their shots. Photographers do not have to be present today in the same way as they did in the past, when these options did not exist. Because of this, time itself is erased; it disappears. The privilege and specificity of photography lie in its obligation to be here now.
I don’t agree with all Wenders has to say about contemporary photography, but the interview did get me thinking about a recent experience I had with my iPhone. A friend of mine held a party and built a huge bonfire in her backyard. As darkness fell, I ran inside to get my phone. Not to be in the moment. Not to capture the moment. But to create texture photographs for future iPhone creations. As I shot the flames, I thought about how they would pair with other photographs.
A couple of children played with branches and piled them on the fire. I took photos of them as well. I thought about creating a specific type of image, shooting with the use of certain apps and Flickr iPhoneography groups in mind. I wasn’t present, at least not in the way Wenders seems to suggest.
By “now” Wenders may not mean capturing a strict—almost documentary—image. I do, however, think that he means to be here for what is happening, even if doing “artistic” photography. Photographers should be alive to the possibilities that exist at this particular time. They should engage robustly with what the outside world reveals.
At the bonfire, I was absent in many ways—lost in my own world of future creations. I would say that I’m present less than half the time when using my phone. It may be that iPhoneography and mobile photography in general have evolved to be something more, or other, than photography, given its creative use of filters and apps as an accepted form of practice. (Some argue it’s never been photography at all.) If so, would that change its obligation to be in the moment in the same way, making it exempt from Wender’s criticism?
Despite having one foot in iPhone postproduction when I take pictures, I also feel immersed in the flow of time in a way I don’t in other activities, including other art forms. I feel as if I’m in a “now.” I even feel a type of unity—with something. The question is: what “now” is this and what is that something?
Maybe we have an obligation to more than one manifestation of “now.”
The two photos in this post are from that bonfire evening. I plan to post more in the future. (Still need to do that postproduction!)
Category: Art and Photography Tagged: iphoneography, mobile photography, photography, smartphone photography, wim wenders