I am a Los Altos resident, working in philanthropy communications and pursuing photography-based art as a full-time passion.
My work is inspired by the mundane and the ordinary that I try to transform into rich, evocative visual stories.
Instagram made me an iPhoneography addict in December 2011. Pre-Instagram, I had never thought that my iPhone could become my primary image-capturing device. Initially, Instagram was like a visual Twitter for me – send a pictorial update about the here and now out into the ether.
A couple of weeks in, I realized how addictive it was … the Instagram filters made it exciting, the engagement with what was then a relatively small community made it a learning experience, and the ease of use just made for a very pleasant experience. Soon, I realized that iPhoneography was a “real” thing … within a month I had posted 221 photos on Instagram. I used to think Instagram’s filters were mind blowing, but by mid-January, I had discovered there were so many other neat things that one could do on the iPhone besides “earlybird” and “hefe.”
I slowed down a bit … not only because there was a huge professional transition underway, but also because I started posting pictures only when they seemed “somewhat artistic.” I was growing as an iPhoneographer and didn’t want to “dump” everything in my stream.
I saw that some folks had a definite style to their photos – some specialized in portraits, others in landscapes; some used a combination of 5-6 different apps to get their particular brand of “warmth,” while others stuck to Filterstorm or Iris.
Early on, I decided there was too much to explore for me to stick to one genre … one style. Instagram has helped me become a full-time iPhoneographer and bloom as an artist.
Leaving Instagram in December 2012 was hard. Primarily because of the fear of losing the wonderful connections I had made on that network. But I soon discovered that there are other ways to connect with artists. Peers on iPhoneart.com, Flickr and Facebook continue to feed my creative energy.
In the last couple of years, I have learned that the biggest thing one can do to create art on an i-device is to experiment. The beauty of digital art is that there’s no “material” to waste — no canvas, paint, or film roll … one can unleash one’s creativity with wild abandon, try different app combinations, vary the order in which they’re used, play with “unknown” apps and be surprised by the results.
It’s all a click away.