Once again it’s time to showcase a selection of the best and most eye catching submissions to the Mobiography Flickr group from the past week and find out a bit more about the story behind them. In this weeks showcase we have photographs from Mark T Simmons, Thomas Kakareko, Jiri Dvorak, Rob Pearson-Wright, Joseph Cyr and Fede Racchi.
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‘Untitled’ by Jiri Dvorak – “The photo of the clock on the wall was taken in Prague (Czech Republic) with the iPhone4S using the PureShot camera. It was then edited (crop, basic adjustments, filter, texture) in the HandyPhoto app and gently ‘stretched’ in the Effexy app using the ‘Melt’ effect. Afterwards, I made a copy of the same picture using the Popsicolor app and then blended the two photos in the Image Blender (I don’t remember the blending mode).”
There Are Moments When We Are Ultimately Alone
‘There Are Moments When We Are Ultimately Alone’ by Mark T Simmons – “The subject in my image has a hangover. I know he has a hangover because I asked him if he was okay when sitting down on the train. Once I knew his discomfort was self-inflicted I decided to take the shot, as to me his posture and obvious pain is something that everyone understands (and not just in regards to a hangover).
We all have moments when we find ourselves unable to stop the mental pressures that weigh down on us as life takes over; something that I have tried to convey with this work. I have always felt that a great image captures something that the viewer can relate to, even if it makes them feel uncomfortable to see it in front of them.
Pure Hipstamatic only (John S & BlacKeys SuperGrain combination). ”
There are only doors between us
‘There are only doors between us’ by Rob Pearson-Wright – “I had just bought a sandwich and a coffee in my lunch break and as I was heading out on to the street I came across this tiny Asian gent seemingly frozen in time puffing on his cigarette. (This shot was taken from just above my hip) I raced to grab my iPhone out of my pocket to capture him. He had such character in his face and demeanour. I needn’t have worried about being quick. He was studying the poster on the door intently and I lined up the shot, framed it and pulled the trigger without him really moving. The title ‘There are only doors between us’ came to me instantly. A literal take on what separated us but also a thought that either one of us could open a door, reach out and make a link to someone or offer a hand of friendship. We could have much in common or just share space on this planet. It just takes the will to find out.
The image required hardly any editing. Just a few tiny adjustments in Snapseed and a spin through Noir to turn it in to black and white and to hightlight the lighting.”
Datura bloom, square
‘Datura bloom, square’ by Allophile – “Even after living in Southern Arizona for several years now, my wife and I still love the unique landscape and vegetation of the Sonoran Desert. I often take my iPhone with me on my long weekend morning runs. There’s a spot at the end of a riparian canyon where there are almost always Sacred Datura in bloom from April through early December–the luminous, almost lunar blooms, tinged with purple, are always a treat to see. Each bloom opens at night, and lasts only through the following morning, withering within a few hours of sunrise. I took this photo last Sunday at the mid-point of my run.
Snapseed has long been my go-to app for editing and playing with images. I’ve been wary of ‘over-apping’ scenes…but then this week I finally got around to experimenting with Scratchcam. After initial cropping and editing for exposure with snapseed, I chose this Scratchcam texture for its geometrical qualities; I like the contrast of the overlay of ‘folds’ on the tendril-tipped hexagonal flower. Each rectangular ‘segment’ of the scene could almost stand on its own as a study of texture- or color-detail. The bottom right–with the previous day’s spent bloom in the shadow of its fully open ‘sibling’ on this particular morning–seems, to me, to be a ‘memento mori:’ a foil to the largest and brightest rectangular section to its left, so full of light and life.
‘Untitled’ by Fede Racchi – “Everyone knows rainy days are good friends of ours because umbrellas and quiet empty spaces give us those moments like this one. I was fascinated by his foot expression. While I passed by, the man was texting on the bench so I took another picture of him, now looking at the camera. It was also interesting but I prefer this one. Besides, I think the environment, with the statue of our most important heroe in the background really defines it.
It was taken with an iphone 4 and edited with Noir app.”
‘Barcelona Series’ by Thomas Kakareko