The past 12 months have been a fantastic journey. Along the way I have had the privilege of meeting many talented mobile photographers and have been inspired by so many more.
As we approach the festive season I thought it would be interesting to invite 24 mobile photographers who have inspired and supported me in one way or another and ask 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 Sarah Jarrett.
Sarah is an extremely talented Mobile Photographer and artist and was voted ‘Mobile Photographer of the Year in 2012’ at the Mobile Photo Awards. I am a fan of Sarah’s work and I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah for the Mobiography Digital Magazine.
My mobile photography takeaway from the past year is…
This year has been really exciting for me creatively. I feel like I have been a bobbing butterfly on a continual path of discovery and learning which has influenced and shaped my work in many ways. When you have spent many years working with Landscape, when you have travelled many fields and lanes in the mud, the frost, the drip and drench you may feel like I did that you are ready to cast your eye and your vision elsewhere and that is how I came to Portraiture in August 2012.
The main thing I have learned this year is that your unique and special vision, your own voice will be valued and admired the more you are prepared to reveal it. It’s good to be yourself, to show your flaws, to reveal your whimsical dreams and surreal ideas and to invite your audience in with welcome arms to your peculiar and beautiful world. If I could give any advice to aspiring iPhoneographers or Mobile Artists it would be ‘stay absolutely true to yourself, don’t try to be anybody else. ‘The best artists are those with the most distinct personalities and voices and we all have this within us. Winning the Mobile Photography Awards gave me huge confidence in what I was doing and made me more prepared to try and be creatively fearless. We have this as children but we lose it as we become more aware and self conscious.
We are really privileged to be working with a technology that is moving forwards so fast. The creative possibilities offered by apps are truly incredible and at times breathtaking. Nothing in the mobile world feels static, it’s in continual momentum. When I look back at how things have developed over the last year, I try to imagine where it will go from here and what I and others will create in 2014. What a truly exciting time to be an artist, to have so many endless creative possibilities and dreams.