Every photo is as good as the eye behind it. However, in the case of iPhoneography, the post processing paired with fantasy and a vision, can lead to works of art even when the raw picture is – perhaps – nothing thrilling and … this is where the big adventure starts. Laura Peischl
Walking on Broken Keys by Laura Peischl
Ok I can hear some teeth gnashing from traditionally trained photographers, those of us who were taught to precisely expose and compose in the camera and not to tinker around with our images. Don’t expect this with iPhoneography because it stands everything we learned on its head. The name of this game is spontaneity and experimentation.
This new medium integrates all that has absorbed us into the digital age, including instant gratification and addiction to the need for the latest, greatest toys through the app store. In fact through the apps, every known photographic technique from tintypes to HDR has been replicated. It is easy to get seduced by all of this brilliance.
Memory of Light by Laura Peischl
In fact in some cases, it may be better to not be weighed down by old rules. Just go out with iPhone in hand and play. That is exactly what Laura Peischl did and now, in a relatively short time. her knowledge and work is in demand in galleries and blogs all over the web, the U.S. and Malta where she makes her home. In the next week or so, she will be the featured artist on one of the most important “go to” iPhoneography blogs in the iPhone stratosphere. And she will be teaching the rest of us how to do it through her TCI course, iPhoneography – My Photography.
I first became aware of Laura’s work through Pixels-The Art of the iPhone blog featuring iPhone artists exhibiting their work at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California. It was jaw-dropping to see what these artists were producing, including Laura whose work on her blog intrigued me.
I am happy to be starting her course next week and was eager to learn her views about this exciting new art form.
Sallie Kravetz: Is there any particular theme, vision or style that you create from with your work? Do you aspire to a particular style? In fact do you think it can be possible with an iPhone?
Laura Peischl: I have to start with the last question because the answer to it is YES, definitely. The apps already existing for photo processing on the iPhone and iPad offer such diversity that almost everything is possible.
As regarding my style, like all my fellow iPhoneographers that have been part of this new art form the very beginning, I went through almost every kind of theme. I, and all of us, grew photographically with the iPhone and we went through many different styles in order to find what attracts us most. I wouldn’t say that I have a special style because this statement would exclude other styles and I love to cross borders and experiment.
Sometimes I do get comments on my pictures saying “so Laura style” but I think it has more to do with my way of depicting emotions
SK: Can you explain the craze bordering on addiction with this new genre? What draws people to it?
LP: Oh, yes! I am an addict myself. And any other passionate iPhoneographer would describe him/herself this way. When it comes to what draws people to it, I think it lays first in the nature of the iPhone, a device that is always with you and can be used anytime. Furthermore, the existence of some apps that are easy to use and yet produce highly attractive results, like Hipstamatic and ShakeIt…enable anyone to get funky or stylish results in seconds.
Smoking by Laura Peischl
Another very important aspect is the social aspect. One no longer takes a picture and then has to wait to get home to the computer, download it and than share it on a social media platform. Most apps offer the possibility of linking your account to all the major social media platforms and enable immediate sharing.
SK: What is your vision for your work professionally? Do you think that one could earn income from this medium in some way? Or is it for the pure creative adventure that people get hooked on it?
LP: Well, this is a most discussed issue on many iPhoneography blogs. It all started as a big and passionate creative adventure and it has come a long way. Now it has turned into an accepted art form.
Fortunately, many galleries and museums got hooked as well by the amazing artworks of some great iPhoneographers and, with each exhibition, the possibilities of selling prints are growing as well. Many photographs taken and processed with an iPhone have made their way as book and even CD covers. Many are used for advertising purposes on web pages of different companies and there are already quite a few books showing only iPhone photos.
In my opinion, the iPhone and the iPad used professionally, offer unlimited creative possibilities and we are all working to promote this new and exciting form of art and to explore all it’s possibilities.
SK: What do you hope to teach your students through your iPhoneography course through TCI’? What do you hope to see in their work?
LP: When it comes to iPhoneography there are two aspects: the technical and the creative. What I want and have to teach the students first, is how to use and understand the apps, first one by one, and then, how to get the feeling for combining different features of different apps to refine their work and give it that special, personal touch that makes one’s style. And yet, like with any other camera, every photo is as good as the eye behind it but in the case of iPhoneography, the post processing paired with fantasy and a vision, can lead to works of art even when the raw picture is maybe nothing thrilling and ….. this is where the big adventure starts!
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Classes begin each week during July and August
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