Conceptual Photography with Bob Weil
Bob Weil is a friend of the Mobile Photo Awards and one of the finest conceptual photographers working in the mobile arena. He recently produced a terrific video tutorial on some of his methods and we wanted to share it with our readers. In this brief video tutorial, Bob describes his approach to creating collages using the iPhone and the iPad, and his approach to narrative vs. documentary photography. He shows before and after examples, as well as taking an in-depth look at one of his pieces and how he came to create it.
Conceptual photography is more like narrative filmmaking than it is like street photography – the goal is to express a story conceived in the mind of the photographer and not necessarily to reproduce what the lens sees. The process more closely resembles painting if the original image is only the substrate for a series of composited layers that completely redefine the scene.
In my case, I often look at images in my Camera Roll to see where a story may arise by inference (post processing decisions, image titling, etc.) or by reconstruction from the ground up (compositing or collage of new elements into a scene). – Bob Weil