A Chat with an Artist

The web is one of those things that is amazing if you sit down to think about it. Connections cross the globe via a flow of electrons, light, and waves on the world wide web. One WWW connection I made last year was an artist/designer/illustrator who lives in Sweden (a place I’ve always wanted to visit!). She dropped by this site with a few questions and I got a chance to find out what Kate England thinks about iPhoneography.

The images below were taken by Kate, and you can see more great work over at her Marmalade Moon blog.

Kate, how did you discover iPhoneography?

When I got my first iPhone, I immediately started to explore how I could use it as a creative tool and discovered how easy the iPhone made it to slip a creative layer onto your life. This was in 2008, and it was when I was using apps like CameraBag and Hipstamatic that realised the potential of this new art form.

woman with hat by Kate England

What is the best thing about iPhoneography?

It’s easy, fun and accessible. The iPhone as a creative medium, make it easy to harness your creativity on the go. This is the art form that can stretch to fit any time slot you have available and it doesn’t create a mess to be cleaned up when you’re finished.

The larger screen of the iPad helps you edit or paint your images, and the iPhone is unbeatable as a tool to capture images with. Once you’ve got the device, the apps are inexpensive. With digital art and photography, you have an endless supply of paint and film, no restocking required, and no harmful chemicals to handle.

All you really need to get started is an iPhone. No studio, no long uninterrupted blocks of time, no expensive supplies. You can get started in no time, edit your photos on your commute to and from work, or while you wait for your kids to come out of school. Through photo sharing sites like Flickr, you can easily join a global, creative conversation and show off your work for free!

snowy crossing by Kate England

Would you call this a Mobile Art Revolution?

This new genre of art, includes photography, digital art, collage and natural media. It’s full of possibilities and variations. You can work in a documentary style, fingerprint on your iPhone with natural media, or create artwork using a fusion of different techniques. This contemporary, exciting art form is still evolving, blending the boundaries between art and photography.

How does one start taking better photos with an iPhone?

It’s easy to get started, but how do you learn to become a better photographer or artist? I think one of the main things is to start weaving creativity into your days, by finding pockets of time, and converting them into creative time. Art is a practice, and when we form a creative routine for ourselves, we can’t help but build momentum. Exploration is another important aspect of creativity, playing with colour and composition, testing things out, keeping it spontaneous and fun to learn new things. No matter which apps you use, your original and unedited photo will always shine through your post-processing, so it will pay off to learn some of the basic techniques for image elements such as light and composition.

The Rhythm of Transcendence by Kate England

Do iPhoneographers end up finding their own style?

I think your style finds you, if you only keep up the momentum! iPhoneography is very novelty driven, and as a result, extremely focused on the latest apps for special effects. Your art will be more unique, if you avoid the filters and effects that are in vogue just now. Try focusing more on what kind of images you love to create, and then think about which apps will support you best in creating those images.

Thanks Kate! You do some amazing work. I’m a loyal reader of Marmalade Moon and always enjoy your photos. If I’m ever in Sweden I’ll try to get to Stockholm.

Kate EnglandKate England is an artist, illustrator and designer who loves to create bold and colourful work, mixing together digital and analogue processes. She is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
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