Paul Toussaint’s Solo Exhibit - iScape

Many trained photographers have embraced shooting with an iPhone and Paul is no different. After two decades as a professional photographer, he has embarked upon a new adventure and expanding his creative vision, using his mobile device to capture life around him. While the experience is still fresh, Paul begins to post process the image with a number of different applications residing on his iPhone. This process alone takes a great deal of his time, though there are those period, which find impatience getting the better of him.

In the firm belief that iPhoneography is an extension of photography, Paul has left conventional photography and sold his digital and analog cameras. He says, “I sold my soul to the iPhone.”


Since our mobile devices are now part of our lives 24/7, Paul shoots at any given moment, though preferring the magical hour when the sun begins to set and blanketing the scene with the warm glow of light.

Paul’s eye is constantly on the lookout for something of interest, regardless what it is, believing to look at everything and anything, for in the right context can become art.

Paul Toussaint’s solo exhibit iScape is a personal visual journey through the iPhone, an exhibit which can be seen from March 1 to April 8 at the Quinnebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

iScape Poster

Long Island Ferry

Grand Central, the series—Legs

Grand Central, the series—Skip

125th Street Station


Early Morning Fog

Empire State Fog

Peep Toad Road

Peppermint Girl

Rhode Island Mall


Paul J. Toussaint’s website
The Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities website
Mobile Masters iTunes


Looking Back - Michiel Hendryckx

Looking Back is a new series featuring the works of various photographers and showcases their creative vision, with the idea that no matter what camera one uses, it is the human eye that is responsible for our art. It does not matter if it is 1913 or 2013, the bases of photography remains the same, the taking of pictures, documenting the way we live and saving our memories by tangible means.

Currently photography is experiencing a form of evolution lead by mobile photographers. This transformation that we are witnessing, is still in the early stages, even though mobile photography has made great strides in 2012. Yet when we compare the basic mobile image before it has been manipulated or app’ed on an iOS device with a pre-mobile photograph, there is little difference. 

Looking Back is just that, looking back at the history of photography and the footsteps that brought us to where we are today and that is just what we will be doing. On a regular bases, I will post photographic samples with little or no commentary, letting the work of the photographer speak for itself. 

With our first post of Looking Back, we're presenting Flemish photographer Michiel Hendryckx.



MPA names ‘Artist of the Year’

On February 15, Mobile Photo Award announced their ‘Artist of the Year’ is Sarah Jarrett. Daniel Berman, founder of MPA, says “Sarah was the only artist to appear on the top ten list of all seven jury members and continued to inspire the judges right through to our final choice.”

Sarah’s creative vision is coupled with her background as an International commercial artist and since taking up mobile photography, she has successfully combined both of these passions by using her iPhone or iPad as her new canvas and render painterly and dream like images

Her studio is located in the beautiful Norfolk, England countryside, which also serves as her inspiration, as in the series Poetry in Fog

She receives regular commissioned from art directors for developing images for books, cards, stationary, posters, limited edition prints and supermarket packaging. In 2002 I was selected as one of Sotherby's International Young Artists.

Congratulations Sarah for being named MPA’s Artist of the Year.

You can see more of Sarah Jarrett’s work by visiting her website or her website alternative site, Blogspot. 
You can also find her on FaceBook by clicking here.

The Mobile Photo Award Finalists

Roger Clay

Marie Matthews

Souichi Furusho


Melissa Vincent

Alfred Pleyer

Helen Breznik

Edyta Lipinksa

Lene Basma

          Mobile Photo Award judges were:

Joanne Carter, 

Daria Polichetti, 
          co-founder of iPhoneArt

Misho Baranovic
          author of iPhone Photography - How to shot, Edit and Share Great Photographs

Star Rush
          co-founder of Lys Photo Magazine

Andy Royston

Nettie Edwards
          award-winning mobile photographer

Daniel Berman
          filmaker, fine art photographer and founder of Mobile Photo Awards


MPA Winner: Click here.

MPA Finalists: Click here.


TiPA-Bay Area Group’s 2nd Outing

Last Sunday, ten members of the TiPA-Bay Area Group, gathered in front of Fort Point in San Francisco for an iPhoneography walk. While waiting for others to arrive, we shared stories and the latest news, when I learned that three of our members had honorable mention or are finalist in the recent Mobile Photography Awards. They are Petyr and the husband and wife team, Julie and Steven. Congratulations to all three.

TiPA Bay Area Group Members, photo: Chloe Meynier

Back row, L-R: Stan, Dianne and Steven
Middle row, L-R: Petyr, Merrill, Amberlyn, Greg and Catherine
Front row, L-R: Egmont and Julie

After all the introductions, we dispersed ourselves onto the many floors, exploring various display rooms, spiral staircases’ and the formally fortified artillery posts.

After a number of hours some were in need of sustenance and refreshments. It was Stan who stepped up and made a suggestion. Unfortunately the first place could not accommodate us, when someone suggested Judy’s Cafe, which ended up being just right. The food and service was very good, making Judy’s Cafe a place I can recommend.

Fort Point, San Francisco - entrance

Fort Point, 3rd floor, view of the north section gun implacements

It has been more than 25 years since I last visited Fort Point and during that time the National Park Services and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservatory have made many improvements, especially important and necessary conservation to the structure.

I first became aware of Fort Point, which is part of the Presidio, after watching an episode of ‘The Streets of San Francisco,’ staring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas in which both chased the ‘bad guy,’ cornering him at one of the lookout turrets on the fort’s top floor.

Fort Point, 2nd floor, gun implacement

Fort Point, 2nd floor, gun implacement

Fort Point, 3rd floor, entrance to one of the spiral staircases

One of the things I like about the Fort Point are the very many arches, reminding me of the Medieval monasteries or Middle Eastern architecture. The Fort has been called "the pride of the Pacific," "the Gibraltar of the West Coast," and "one of the most perfect models of masonry in America."

Built between 1853 and 1861 by the U.S. Army Engineers in the Army's traditional “Third System” style of military architecture, it was meant to protect San Francisco Bay and the gold fields during the 1850s.

Today my choice of camera application is Hipstamatic with a Jane lens and Tinto’s Tintype D-Plate Film. The selection of this combination allows me to emulate the time period when the fort was constructed and in use, while having the photographs appear aged and priceless, while compliment the fort’s architecture and recapture the essence and charm of the 1850s.

Fort Point, ground floor - staircase leading to the munitions storage

Fort Point, ground floor - cannon balls

One can spend many hours at Fort Point, exploring all of the architectural beauty, including the wonderful and spectacular view one has of not only San Francisco, but also of the bay and surrounding, especially on a beautiful day which we certainly had.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the top floor of Fort Point


Fort Point: click here 

Presidio: click here 

Judy’s Cafe: click here 


MacWorld 2013 and the Mobile Masters

Slowly routine of everyday has begun to set in as life returns back to normal after spending three very long and exciting days at MacWorld, I have had some time to reflect upon the event as a whole.

The last time I went to the MacWorld convention was when Apple Computers took part and I cannot recall how long ago that was. So I was excited to be going this time, especially since I had my ticket for the Mobile Masters seminar. 

Looking forward to the number of speakers and particularly the iPhoneography artists who will be revealing their post production technique and the various applications they employ in achieving their unique art.

iPhoneographer, Richard Koci Hernandez

I greatly enjoyed the presentation made by local iPhoneographer, Richard Koci Hernandez, who refers himself being a ‘Memory Specialist.’ His presentation, which was not only adrenaline charged but filled with plenty of secret stealth technique tips to capture those unique unguarded street moments and much more. In particularly his urge for mobile photographers to edit and not share everything one shoots, as this has been my chief complaint of other mobile photographers as well.

Koci shared a number of photographs from his recent trip to Viet Nam, including that he likes using the camera application Hipstamatic. Currently his favorite film and lens combination is using the contrasty Gangster Sqaud GSquad lens with one of the Niki’s Black and White AO DLX or AO BW films. This may describe why his favorite Film Noir is ‘Touch of Evil.’ The visual influence and style of this film by Orsen Wells is definitely mirrored in Koci’s own work.

“Touch of Evil,” directed by and staring Orsen Wells, Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh

This was followed by ’The Fine Art of iPhoneography,’ which was presented by Karen Divine and Cindy Patrick. They both graciously shared their photography and post processing techniques, allowing us into their creative world. This allowed us to understand their workflow and the applications Karen and Cindy use and demystifying some of the mystery that has many puzzled. Sorry Karen, I did not manage to get a good picture of either of you.

Mobile Artist Cindy Patrick

We broke for lunch and I headed out to take pictures. The city of San Francisco offers a wealth of visual interest to please just about any photographer. Even the view from Moscone West balcony offers plenty of opportunities. 

View of SF MOMA from the Yerba Buena Gardens

Outside of Mell’s


View of 4th Street from the rooftop of Mascone West

Julieanne Kost, publisher of the Daily Photoshop and Lightroom Tip, and Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems did a ‘show and tell’ demonstration of the recently updated PS Touch. They showed off some of the programs unique features not even available in Photoshop CS6.

During the presentation, Russell became the center of attraction as numerous mobile photographers, including myself, came up to him to take their picture of Russell portraying himself as the mad scientist.

Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems

During a short break, I had the pleasure of meeting with Milo Kalvin, publisher and Luis Torress, editor of the recently launched Spanish iPhoneography quarterly publication Shooter. They two were handing out copies of their high quality and elegant magazine to the attendees. Two days later we met again and with help from my friend Carlos Austin, who translated everything from and to Spanish for us, we set out on a little photo shoot. I will share that special occurrence in a separate post next week and tell you more about the publication.


The social network of mobile photography shaping the iPhone story was headlined by Marty Yawnick, whose successful blog Life-in-LoFi, loves to say, I have a camera. Sometimes, I use it to make phone calls.” Presented us with current trends and how iPhone dedicated blogs have helped shaped iPhoneography, especially the influence upon the medium made by Intagram since its launch. Marti also shared with us his shooting habits and what are some of his favorite post processing applications and much more.

Marty Yawnick after his presentation, meeting with some attendees

Of the two next speakers, was my friend and colleague, Knox Bronson and founder of IPA, Nathan Park. Knox spoke about his recent exhibit ‘The Third Wave’ and how he started three years ago, like so many of us, getting involve with the mobile art community by accident. Knox was the first to produce a juried gallery show of iPhonic art, which was held at a gallery in Berkeley, California.

The two spoke of the early days of mobile photography and the evolution it has made in technology and especially the various applications with which to shot but also app’ one’s photograph.

Knox Bronson, Phoneographer and founder of P1xels—The Art of the iPhone

Nathan Park, iPhoneographer and co-founder of iPhoneArt on the exhibit hall floor

The evening ended with my friend Elaina Wilcox and three other iPhonographers, in an informal presentation, sharing their shooting and post process workflow. This was followed with a Q&A from the audience.

Elaina Wilcox, iPhoneography artist

There were other speakers, like Helene Goldberg, who uses the iPad to paint abstracts images; and Richard Grey, who teaches iPhone mobile photography at a leading art college in London; and Jack Hollingsworth, who started off the conference, as well as having a second presentation on iPhone gear and accessories.
The conference Event Organizer was Dan Marcolina, who also created the mobile application Mobile Masters that is available from iTunes.

After spending more than fifteen hours on my first day at MacWorld, mental overload and meltdown, resulted in a kind of euphoria that had me floating on cloud nine. Though I expected more from the Mobile Masters Conference, I am glad I went, including spending the next two days at MacWorld, connecting with many iPhoneographers with whom I had previously exchanged correspondence, including making many new friends.


Richard Koci Hernandez, Flickr account

Karin Devin, Photography website

Cindy Patrick, Flickr account

Julieanne Kost, publisher of the Daily Photoshop and Lightroom Tip blog

Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems website

Marty Yawnick, Life-in-LoFi blog

Knox Bronson, founder of P1xels—The Art of the iPhone website

Nathan Park, iPhoneographer and co-founder of iPhoneArt (IPA), website

Elaina Wilcox, iPhoneography artist website

Helene Goldberg, Flickr account

Richard Grey, iPhone instructor at London’s leading art colleges, iphoggy blog

Jack Hollingsworth, award winning, 30-year career veteran in commercial photography, website

Dan Marcolina, author of the critically acclaimed Book, iPhone Obsessed iTunes

Mobile Masters the application by Dan Marcolina, iTunes

SF Gate / San Francisco Chronicle report

iPhoneography tips and tricks from MacWorld ‘Mobile Masters website

7 iPhone photography trends at MacWorld article

MacWorld 2013 website

MacWorld 2013 Mobile Masters website

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