Louise Fryer has been a prominent member of the Mobiography Flickr Group and has been featured in weekly showcases on several other mobile photography websites. Louise lives in the South East of England and is a private person who pursues her interest in photography as a purely recreational pastime, in her own words she says, “I find it a great way to relax, especially when I’m working on something creative. I’m not one for entering competitions or putting my work forward for any kind of exhibitions, for me that would be a total headache, once I’ve created something I’m happy with and upload it to my website or a social platform I forget about it and move on to the next.”
Louise’s work had caught my eye for some time now and I wanted to find out more about the lady behind the camera, her views and mobile photography work.
How did you first discover iphone photography?
I used to shoot with Sony SLR cameras, one day last year I set myself a challenge to shoot for a day only using iPhone, I loved it and never looked back.
What is it that you love about mobile photography?
The limitations, the challenge, all that creativity in one small device, the fact that my iPhone is always with me and I don’t have to think about F stops and shutter speed!
What I love about your street photography work is the simple compositions and your ability make a connection with the subject and tell a story. I’d be interested in hearing about your approach to street photography and the images you capture?
I tend to focus on the people in the street, I am interested in humanity and find people fascinating subjects. I am very much drawn to less fortunate people and wonder of their lives and circumstances.
What apps do you regularly use? Which are your favourites and is there a process or methodology that you apply to your post production editing?
For street photography I use the native camera and use varying apps depending on the edit I want to achieve, I don’t have a favourite but mostly use Snapseed or Vint B&W, I rarely edit in colour as I just prefer B&W for street shots. I prefer to shoot photographs, I’m less interested in collages so I don’t really use that many apps. Snapseed, Laminar, Afterlight, ArtStudio and VSCO CAM are my must haves.
Are there any photographers that have influenced or inspired you and your work?
Actually no, my inspiration comes from my surroundings and is very dependent on my mood.
What would be your top tips or words of wisdom for aspiring mobile photographers or artists?
Think of your iPhone or other mobile devices as a camera first and foremost, get to know how to use it. Shoot lots of different subjects from unusual perspectives and slowly develop your own style. Try not to over process, too many people rely on apps hoping to transform a very average shot.
Could you choose a few of your favourite photos and tell us the story behind each one?
As soon as these dandelion heads appear in the spring I am forever taking shots of them, I really liked how this one turned out, I wanted it to be quite muted in colour with lots of detail.
A self portrait, taken in water, I called it ‘Heartbeat’ as that was all I could hear, it was about quiet, finding peace amongst the feeling of loss and things being out of control.
I like the femininity of the woman and her little dog, the element of mystery and danger from the man behind her and the whole ‘film noir’ vibe.
My boxer dog ‘Luka’ walking in his favourite place, the beach, I love the perspective, he looks happy and healthy.
This woman fascinated me, she was standing in Victoria Tube Station, she looked so well dressed yet at the same time lonely and sad, holding her two bags like she would hold two little dogs on a lead.
Where can people connect and follow you on the web?
- My website: http://www.louisefryer.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louise.c.fryer
- Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
- about.me: http://about.me/louisefryer
- IG: @loufryer
- Eyeem: @louisefryer
Is the use of social media a big part of your photographic workflow?
Yes definitely, although I’ve recently scaled down my online site and left Google+ and Tumblr, I post new work regularly on the above sites, for me my work is all about sharing, appreciating other artists work, moving forward and learning.