The Inspiration of Immediacy
As the camera resolution and image quality increases with each iPhone release, we hear the word tossed around more and more: IPhoneography – the use of the iPhone as a professional artistic medium. There has been much skepticism communicated around this medium due to the commonly accepted idea that ‘anyone can take a picture with their phone.’ However, photographer, artist and writer Richard Smith shows us that not just anyone can create breathtaking, surreal art within their iPhone.
Smith has fully embraced the futuristic medium of iPhoneography. He not only shoots breathtaking photos, but he also edits and manipulates each piece exclusively within iPhone photo manipulation apps. With inspirations like Scott Mutter, Dali and Jerry Uelsmann, Smith’s photos shed hints of surrealism and abstraction while remaining centered around his daily surroundings. He uses this form of expression to pay tribute to the every day life, or the immediate. By composing familiar subjects in an unfamiliar way, Smith allows the viewer to transcend reality and interpret each photo in their own way.
With an extensive background in Photoshop, Smith has found this creative outlet in apps like PhotoForge2, Hipstamatic and many more. When asked about his creative process after taking photos, Smith explains that “magic happens, through the universe.” When exploring his artwork, I couldn’t think of a better explanation.
To see more of Richard’s artistic works, visit his Flickr. If you have any questions about his art or his creative process, ask them here as I am sure he’d be happy to answer!