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I'm a photographer who uses an iPhone and iPad to create fine art and tell compelling stories. I've taught art photography and photojournalism while exhibiting and publishing for over four decades. These days I teach mobile photography and smartphone art. It's been 4 years since I took up mobile photography (aka iPhoneography, mobileography, mobile art, smartphone art, iPhone art). Now I use only an iPhone 5S to help me see what's right in front of me.
I'm positively entranced with the magic of carrying a camera, a studio, and a global exhibition space - right in my pocket!
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Poverty, Eldest Child of War. (C) 2014, Meri Aaron Walker, iPhoneArtGirl, Talent, OR. All rights reserved.
contrast, touch retouch
Many a Tear Has To Fall. (C) 2014, Meri Aaron Walker, iPhoneArtGirl, Talent, OR. All rights reserved.
circular, instavu, vintage, alayer
Dates are set! On August 30-31, A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX, will be hosting a 2-Day iPhoneArt Master Class titled, “It’s Not Just Luck," featuring yours truly. Assisted by Mark Peterson and Andrew Lucchesi!
Here’s a link to more information and, if you’re interested, you can sign up right on the Tackk using PayPal. There’s information on the Tackk about B&B accommodations as well.
This will be a fully hands-on workshop covering my best practices (with suggestions from Mark and Andrew too) for
The A Smith Gallery is located in a beautiful part of Central Texas, close to the Perdernales River. Come bask in the peace and quiet and get some serious hands-on practice that will help you take your mobile photography and/or mobile artwork to the next level.
Just Now. (C) 2014, Meri Aaron Walker, iPhoneArtGirl, Talent, OR. All rights reserved.
The Glory of Facebook
Posted 7/21/14 about 8am
"Okay, y’all, so this is the glory of Facebook for me as an aging Baby Boomer shooter who’s been kidnapped by mobile photography.
I wake up, reluctant to get up. I’ve left my iPhone next to the bed. Something I don’t always do. I pick it up, still half asleep. I open Facebook. And I see that Gina Costa has shared a link to a sweet little essay about what makes a photograph “good.” I read it, not awake fully. I muse on the essay, without the ability to analyze much.
As I scroll through my newsfeed, I notice that Nettie Edwards has shared a provocative question about what we’re doing with darkness in our photography practices. Jennifer Sharpe has already responded to her question with text and also shared a photograph she made last night with a high contrast camera app that I never heard of.
Because the conversation about dark is a topic I’ve been exploring on my own the last several weeks, I’m interested in the talk an the app.
I go download the app immediately. It’s called Contrast. I open it immediately (I’m still in bed) and make some camera phone shots that describe where I am right now - a fairly dark bedroom. In fact, I’m blanketed with soft darkness and unwilling to give it up quite yet.
As is my way of working, I use Contrast and then listen to what else the iPhoneArtGirl wants right now. She wants SlowShutter and iColorama and Diptic to help her make a first response to Nettie’s question. She copies Jennifer’s strategy of using text and pictures to make a response to Nettie and to Jennifer, thanking her for sharing the app. The little essay from Gina is still rolling around in the back of the mind.
All this happens without ever getting out of bed in rural Southern Oregon where I have almost no one to talk to about the things I care about.
I say I hate Facebook. And then there’s this.”
This post started quite a conversation yesterday on Facebook with more than 60 people from the global mobile community weighing in. The conversation was partly about social learning, partly about social photography, partly about distance relationships, partly about contrast and darkness and partly about Contrast by Hornbrook.
I call the space the learning was going on in the “24-7 Global MFA Program in Mobile Photography/Mobile Art.” This program is not available in institutions of higher education. At all. It’s only available in social media sites where the mobile photography and mobile painting communities are exhibiting and sharing with one another (and anyone else whose lurking on the sidelines).
I jumped i and out of the dialog throughout the day. I also continued exploring Contrast while getting a lot of work done that had nothing to do with mobile art.
Just before turning out the lights last night, I had my phone in the bedroom again and caught this post from a mobile photographer whose artwork continually challenges and nourishes me deeply, Veronica Hassell:
"I have to say today was one of the most frustrating days I’ve had in a long time. Everything was off at work, people grumpy, timing all wrong. Sort of like an unintentional three ring circus. But then I read Meri Walker's post which was the sweetest ever to read and I suddenly felt better. I'm glad to have all my artist friends here and see your art. It brightens my day and makes me happy. Thank you all.”
I swear, I do NOT pretend to yet understand fully what smartphone photography is or what the ability to shoot, process and exhibit from a device in our pockets is doing to our human intelligence - both solo and social. It’s too soon and I’m right in the middle of it. It’s Just Now.
What I do know is that whatever it is that’s happening, Just Now, is something brand new for human beings - the ability to speak to one another in real-time with our visual voices, to expand our own awareness and share that with an audience of people who are choosing to learn with and from us - directly. No editors, no gallery owners, no professors or critics acting as gate-keepers. We choose who’s worth learning with and from and we’re listening and then responding with curious eyes and longing hearts.
It’s a wild and wooly roller coaster ride. Sometimes I have to get off and rest. Sometimes people do stupid shit like spit and piss on the people around them. I have to get off then, too. But, other times, like today, when we’re sharing both information and care, in real time, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
I started talking about “the Joy of iPhoneography” almost four years ago now, as soon as I picked up my first iPhone. But I’m only beginning to get the words to express what I feel about this activity every day.
It’s not photography. It’s something else. And it only happens using a camera phone on the network. At least that’s so just now.
The Kind Winds. (C) 2014, Meri Aaron Walker, iPhoneArtGirl, Talent, OR. All rights reserved.
contrast, touch retouch, instant poetry, afterlight
I Saw What You Did. (C) 2014, Meri Aaron Walker, iPhoneArtGirl, Talent, OR. All rights reserved.
contrast, afterfocus, distressed fx