Following on from last years successful ’24 Mobile Photographers Til Christmas’ series and to celebrate the forthcoming festive season and another year in the timeline of Mobiography I have decided to repeat the series and showcase the work, thoughts and insights of 24 talented mobile photographers. Each featured photographer has inspired and supported me in one way or another during the course of the past 2 years and I will be asking them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.
Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is Geri Centonze
The Photo I am Most Proud of is…
Selecting a favorite image for a photographer may be like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. Most of us probably get a bit emotionally attached to the pieces we create, particularly when we spend a good amount of time editing them.
One such image for me is The Blue Violin.
The image started as a photograph taken with my iPhone 5s while visiting some friends in Ventura, California. Lavonne and Pat are like second parents to me. Although they are both over ninety years old and have been in my life for more than 50 years, I only found out this year that Lavonne played the violin when she was younger. One of her violins, which she painted blue, hangs on her wall. On a recent visit, I snapped a photo of it and was inspired to create something more using the image.
The first step was to tone the photo using Snapseed. This is where I begin nearly all my edits – I can crop, tone and add detail using this app. In Circular+ I added the abstract effect to the image. Tangled FX used in an understated way can remove noise, so I ran the image through this app using one of my custom formulas. The Cool Cam was used to create the mirrored effect. Effexy provided the embossed texture to the image. Lots of grit and grime were added using Pic Grunger, Stackables and Distressed FX. Blending was done with Sketch Club. This image was also exhibited as part of MobileMagic XI at the LightBox Photographic Gallery.
I have strayed a bit on my iPhoneography journey the past couple of years. I began with the intention of turning an image into a “painting” using apps but got distracted after seeing the work from the online community. I have experimented with street photography, macro photography and other genres, but I always return to my first love which is creating an image that lies somewhere between a photo and a painting. I’m hoping to develop a painterly course this coming year for those interested in learning more about this editing style. I haven’t figured out the nuts and bolts on the best way to do that yet, but perhaps 2015 will provide some clarity.