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Creative iPhoneographer Vanessa Penrose

Vanessa Penrose

Vanessa Penrose

Creative iPhoneography. By Vanessa Penrose. 

Creative iPhoneography. By Vanessa Penrose. 

Hello Vanessa! Could you tell us a little about how you got started with creative iPhone photography and art?

I have been interested in photography since the age of 15 when my parents bought me a SLR camera as a present.  Although I have strayed into other mediums over the years I have recently rediscovered my interest in photography through iPhoneography.  Having completed some of Kate’s courses, being introduced to the potential  and connected with others with similar interests my interest in iPhoneography continues to grow and develop as I continue to explore iPhone technology and the world around me and within me.  This is definitely a work in progress I have to say.

iPhoneography by Vanessa Penrose

iPhoneography by Vanessa Penrose

How do you feel when you’re making iPhoneography images?

I feel curious and excited to see what I can do and create from what I see around me every day the potential feels limitless.

What are you thinking about most in your creative life these days?

I always carry my iPod with me (I do not have an iPhone but my iPod works very well) and I am always looking around me for a photograph opportunity.  Exploring the world of iPhoneography has I feel brought the creative life into my every day not just something for later when I have some free time.

I continue to look for ways to integrate my creative life into my ‘real’ life… still working on that one.

Mobile art. By Vanessa Penrose.

Mobile art. By Vanessa Penrose.

At the moment I am curious about budding trees and flowers and the sun shining through leaves and trees and around buds and flowers and how I can capture this on the go using my ipod.  I am also interested in the patterns they created against the sky, so I find myself under plants or trees looking up a lot.

By Vanessa Penrose.  

By Vanessa Penrose.  

By Vanessa Penrose

By Vanessa Penrose

Are there any colours or textures that you keep returning to, in your images?

It’s kind of a movable feast – there are not any particular colours that I return to although I am interested in contrasts such as light/dark, bright colours and dark colours (tones) which is interesting to play with in the post processing stage. Texture and patterns seem to be a focus at the moment in the form of blossoms, budding trees and flowers, architecture and such.  With respect to the apps I do enjoy creating texture using Tangled FX, Distressed FX or Repix and the textures created with Glaze can be interesting to particularly with flowers and blossoms. 

I have been fascinated with a twisted hazel tree I have in the garden and the patterns the branches create against the spring/summer sky and the growth of the buds which have now become twisty leaves that the sun shines through.

By Vanessa Penrose. 

By Vanessa Penrose. 

Which are your favourite apps for expressing yourself creatively?

My favourite apps – umm!  It’s difficult to choose it depends on what I’m trying to achieve with a picture (sometimes I don’t know I just go with the flow) – Snapseed is a good all rounder  I particularly like to use the Drama and Grunge part of this app to create contrast and texture. Blender is another one I like to use - it is interesting to see a new picture emerge by the combination of 2 or more pictures.  Dramatic HD can create some interesting black and white photographs.  Tangled FX can add vibrant colours to a picture and some fascinating patterns and designs can emerge.  Distressed FX can add interesting texture.  I have just begun to explore Hipstamatic and feel this would be an interesting app to explore further with less of an emphasis on post photo processing.

By Vanessa Penrose

By Vanessa Penrose

What do you find to be the greatest challenges and rewards of being an iPhoneographer?

The greatest reward for me is in exploring the things I am curious about and in rediscovering old pictures and transforming them in to something new .  iPhoneography has opened my eyes to the world around me enabling me to explore through the lens and create art that I enjoy through post processing.

What is your creative advice to others who are inspired but don’t know where to start?

Make a start – carry your iphone/ipod with you snap away and just play… expect to get a little obsessed, to create pictures you don’t really like and lots and lots that you do like and then if you like share them…

Vanessa, thanks so much for this interview! For sharing where you are just now in your creative process and for all your great app advice! 

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Creative iPhoneographer Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann

Creative iPhoneographer Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann

Creative iPhoneographer Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann

Hello Sascha, could you tell us a little about how you got started with creative iPhone photography and art? 

I subscribed to your newsletter a while ago and so I followed your creative path with iPhone photography and art. I really liked what you were (are) doing and when you offered the Christmas Card Workshop last year I took the class and was already fascinated what one can do with an iPhone. So I took your 3 following workshops, once I participated I couldn't stop. ;)

How do you feel when you're making iPhoneography images?

Creative, playful, curious, exploring

What are you thinking about most in your creative life these days?

How I can combine my three creative expressions: Taking photos with my iPhone and adapting them with different apps, dancing Flamenco, and writing short stories/novels.

Are there any colours or textures that you keep returning to, in your images? 

No, not really, I have phases when I prefer to work with one subject a lot:

During the workshop Getting started with iPhoneography it was our cat:

iPhoneography. Black Cat. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Black Cat. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

During the workshop Creative iPhoneography I was taking lots of urban photos:

iPhoneography. Zürich: New York Food. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Zürich: New York Food. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Flamenco. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Flamenco. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

For the Alumni Workshop my project was about dancing (Flamenco), that's why dancers kept returning, but also the Spanish word „bailar“ (to dance). This project is not finished, so this theme will continue to show up in my images.

Which are your favourite apps for expressing yourself creatively? 

Oh, there are so many, and it depends on the picture I want to create.   For the last weeks: Blender, Repix, TouchRetouch and PhotoInWord

You write, you dance and you create iPhoneography. Do you feel like these different areas cross-pollinate creatively?  

There is a cross pollination effect between my different forms of creativity. I get ideas for pictures after reading what I just wrote for example. Like a scene I wrote and I think about capture it with my iPhone/with iPhoneography, it doesn't have to show the "real scene", it's most of the times just the emotions or the senses of the scene I want to capture in a picture. 

And then there's Flamenco which took its place as a theme in my iPhoneography-work and made me start to use apps where I could double a person, the repetition of dancing is showing up in the pictures. 

I didn't find a combination the other way around, I mean from my iPhoneography to my writing or dancing, but I guess there is one, I just don't get it yet...

What do you find to be the greatest challenges and rewards of being an iPhoneographer?

Challenge: Not to overdo an image with an app or different apps, when I started out I was so fascinated by the possibilities I was sometimes doing to much and I didn't like the image anymore. So during the Alumni workshop I „stepped back“ and sometimes left an image just the way it was – no apps at all. 

iPhoneography. Gorilla. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Gorilla. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

Rewards: With a small tool like the iPhone I can express my creativity anytime, because I have it with me all the time (more or less) and also if a photo I took wasn't that great, I still can use it most of the time to process it through apps. Actually the reverse of the challenging part. :) 

I finally can express myself visually! I always liked visual art, but didn't feel comfortable (being well enough) drawing or painting. With iPhoneography I found a tool I like to handle, to be creative with and express myself visually besides my writing and dancing.

What is your creative advice to others who are inspired but don't know where to start?

If you have the possibility, take a workshop with Kate! If not, just walk around with curiosity and you may see things you haven't noticed before, take a picture of those subjects. Try to cultivate your eyes. If you do this for a week, you will have a few photos you can use in apps. I would recommend to work with one app after the other, so you don't get overwhelmed. Just play around with one and when you get used to it, start with another.

iPhoneography. Lioness. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Lioness. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

The same approach I use for writing. Beeing curious, paying attention to small stuff and starting with small things. Don't try to write a novel, if you haven't written fiction before, start with a short story. And to cultivate your writing, read a lot, find out, why you like a book, maybe it's of the rhythm of the language, maybe it's just the story itself or something else.

iPhoneography. Cat on film. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

iPhoneography. Cat on film. By Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann.

Last, but not least, carry a notebook with you everywhere you go. (I also keep one beside my bed becauase late night ideas are sometimes the best!) If something comes to your mind, you can write it down. Or if you hear a conversation you find interesting, you can write it down. Every now and again I got inspired by a conversation to write a scene. Sometimes it would also fit into a story.

Thank you so very much Sascha, for your thoughtful and inspiring thoughts around your creative life! 

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Gorilla by Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann 

Gorilla by Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann 

This is one of many stunning images created by students in the Winter 2013 session of the Creative iPhoneography Course. We're celebrating exploration, completion and creative flight with an art show displaying the work we're most proud of! Sometimes the hardest part is to select the very best pieces.  

It's thrilling to see through another's eyes. Welcome to step inside the creative vision of  students from the Creative iPhoneography course of 2013.

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Still life. Study of circles within circles. By Vanessa. 

Still life. Study of circles within circles. By Vanessa. 

This is one of many wonderful images created by students in the Winter 2013 session of the Getting Started With iPhoneography Course! We're celebrating completion and creative spark with an art show featuring the work we're most proud of! Check it out

Through Another's Eyes

iPhone photo: sunset on the lake

iPhone photo: sunset on the lake

Every morning I'm inspired by interesting images. There is beauty, exploration, details, textures, light, motion and imagination waiting for me at our online course space. We're in the middle of the course Creative iPhoneography, and it's such a treat to see everyone's work.

Exploring in a group opens up so many possibilities. We can learn techniques and be inspired by each other creatively as well as find hidden pockets of time that allow us to spend some creative me time in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a busy day. 

For four weeks we get to see through each other's eyes. Since we're an international group, we get to travel the world, catching glimpses of each other's days and environments. The little things. The extraordinary things.

So while we open our eyes and become more aware of our own surroundings, we also get to discover each other's. Often you'll find that what seems mundane to you is exotic and exciting to someone else

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