I would just like to start off by thanking Sarah Jarrett for filling in for me as guest curator last week! She has an amazing eye and her selections and her commentary were insightful and first rate. I hope she will agree to return as guest curator in the near future! Well done, Sarah!
My lede image this week is from a series entitled, “Red Shoe Diaries” by Robin Robertis. I asked her to share her thoughts behind this engaging series, and her words were like poetry, which I thought paired perfectly with these images:
“I bought these red shoes for $3 at my local thrift store… they were such a perfect color, in a Dorothy sort of a way. Those little red flats will go in my suitcase this year as I travel about Asia… I can see them in all sorts of places, as well as the pool… They are vinyl or some such material. Good to have a theme and a dress shoe just in case…”
I’m looking forward to following Robin (and her red shoes) as they travel together throughout Asia!
Another image that caught my eye this week was “Beam of Light” by Karen Divine. Her work is delightful and engaging on the surface, but beneath the playful shapes and colors lies a deeper meaning that is always present and always worth a closer look. Karen’s work is in a class by itself! Sarah Jarrett is another artist whose work stands out from the rest by her originality and consistent high-level of creativity. Her newest collection of images, of which “Musing” is a part, are reminiscent of Matisse’s paper cutouts. This and all of her work transcends the boundaries between painting and photography, and this series is quite exceptional in this regard.
I’ve only recently discovered the painterly work of Flavio Milani, and his “Pescatori Indiani” is a pastiche of Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti and the South Pacific. Beautiful work, Flavio! Other painterly works that stood out this week was “Le terre dell’abbate” by Davide Capponi and “St. Paul’s from Inside One New Change” by Vivi Hanson Sacerdote. Both images transport us to the Italian Renaissance, and in each the processing matches the subject perfectly!
The allegorical “Fugitives on the Run” by Tuba Korhan is full of narrative and leaves me wanting to know more about these two little characters. The title draws me in and I am immediately lost in another universe. The reflections and processing make this a joy to look at. Very fine work, Tuba!
“Pet Shop Boys @ Beijing” by wish u were here is one of those perfect photographs that manage to tell an entire story while including very little in the frame. The ghosted figure on stage and the arms in the air (holding iPhones!) is all the information we need to know what’s happening here. Brilliant!
Francesco Morleo uses one of my favorite apps, Tangled, very skillfully here with his image, “Play.” As with most apps, using them alone is never very appealing, and Francesco works his magic on this to make a very arresting image. I love the high-contrast black and white and the near abstraction of forms. “Looking for the Four Leaf Clover 2” by oneday123 is another image that caught my eye because of the way it was thoughtfully processed. The toning adds a lovely ethereal quality to the image, and the frame adds an extra dimension and contrasts nicely with the delicate clover leaf.
There were many outstanding portraits this week, and two jumped out at me. “Prelude” by Elodie Hunting immediately put me in mind of The Mona Lisa with the golden tones and classic composition. I love the makeup and the way she is adorned. This portrait simply glows! By contrast, Susan Tuttle with “The Truth of the Matter” strips her subject bare of any embellishments. I was captivated by the play between the positive and negative space and, as a whole, this becomes more an assemblage of interesting shapes as opposed to a portrait. Beautiful!
Despite my slight revulsion to the subject matter, I found myself returning again and again to “The Butcher of Bruxelles” by Sean Hayes. His processing is absolutely superb, which keeps me looking even when I want to turn away! A very compelling image, Sean!
Two triptychs made this week’s showcase. Bob Weil’s “Losing through you what seemed myself” is – in a word – luscious, and made me think of Fellini. Alan Julliard ruminates on love and mortality after the loss of a friend in “Leaving.” Lovely work, gentlemen!
Time was in short supply for me this week, so perhaps that is why “Portals” by Chad Rankin and “Time Continuum by Wayman Stairs resonated with me. Brilliant surrealist achievements by both artists!
The closing image this week is by Em Kachouro. “The Present” is a modern-day version of the ancient art of “Ukiyo-e,” a genre of Japanese woodblock prints depicting landscapes and other motifs of Japanese life. Ukiyo-e literally means “pictures of the floating world.” (Thank you Wikipedia!) I can’t think of a better way to end the week than floating away with a sense of peace and calm, which I am filled with whenever I look at this image. A truly sublime work of art!
Congratulations to the 18 iPhoneographers and iPhone artists selected this week! And don’t forget, images selected each week are eligible for inclusion in upcoming “brick-and-mortar” exhibitions, so please continue to submit your best work and stay tuned for next week’s showcase!
Until then, happy shooting!
FAVED: IPHONE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK, 10.12.13
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Submitting Your Photos
We are partnering with galleries and photo exhibits around the world. Images that are selected for the Faved weekly showcase are now eligible for consideration for brick-and-mortar shows that we’ve partnered with.
Submissions are welcome for any photos shot and processed with iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad only. No desktop or Android processed images, please. To have your works considered, just post or share your images to Life In LoFi’s Flickr group. Images must be shot and processed using only an iDevice. Each week, we’ll feature a brand new showcase of more great iPhoneography.