The Abstractions of Erik Beck

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The work of Erik Beck, from Sherbrooke, Quebec, attracts us for it’s originality and unity of vision. His work generally revolves around the discovery of everyday abstractions and their presentation through his lens as found art. In Erik’s world, paint splotches, dripping rust, bits of graffiti, or a splash of water become framed and given to the viewer to ponder in new and interesting ways. A rust drip becomes a Giacometti sculpture, a dash of paint on the road is rendered as a photographic Rothko. There is nobody out there quite like Erik and we are pleased to present this photo essay for you.

“My work and methods are in perfect synchronicity with what I have decided to undertake in my personal life, that is to say a full reconnection with the creative act in everyday life and to prioritize one of my greatest qualities, intuition. The apparent spontaneity offered by the iPhone in this regard makes it the perfect tool that serves my process. All of my images are created only from mobile devices and I’m working hard locally by promoting iPhoneography as a legitimate art form. Possibly soon enough, I hope we won’t even have to mention it!

While shooting, I tend to quickly put myself in a state of errantry, wandering aimlessly with no predetermined schedule. These carefully orchestrated actions have the immediate effect of greatly increasing the perception of the world around me, no matter how small it is. Therefore, I perceive the imperceptible, the ordinary, and I already know how I will use these fragments in the transformation process. I want to entice people to discover that I could transcend the infinitely small and insignificant into infinitely contemplative.

Although I have multiple photo applications, I just use a few of them and I carefully choose them to get the results I want. I rarely post live since shooting and processing for me are associated with different moods and in my case different types of music for inspiration!” – Erik Beck

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The MPA Weekly Showcase for May 20 – June 6 (PART I)

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Welcome to the Mobile Photo Awards Showcase for May 20-June 6, 2012.

We have two week’s worth of images to feature for this showcase and will therefore publish two separate posts to make sure we share all of our favorites. Today we share the first half – by the weekend the second post will be live. In all, we were stunned by the depth and breadth of work submitted. Thank you for sharing your art with the MPA so that we in turn may share with our readers!

This week’s selection once again features a range of genres and styles. At the MPA, we try and celebrate both “captured” images and “fabricated” images. We try our very best not to have a bias one way or the other. While it’s true that some in the mobile community tend to favor one style over another, we remain impartial and impervious to genre. A good picture is a good picture whether it’s a street shot or a collage. So, please continue to submit and know that we are simply looking for images that are original, compelling and tell a story. The debate over “what is photography” is, for us, nothing but idle chatter. The bottom line is that we are thrilled to share this beautiful work with you.

You will find a link to the submission page at the bottom of this week’s entries. Thanks for sending and keep the images coming!

If we haven’t yet featured one of your pieces please keep submitting, we are always on the look-out for new work.
We hope you enjoy this week’s showcase. 

Searching for Gold by Michal Koralewski


Face of Egypt by Glyn Evans


Holy Dali! by David Hayes


Deep inside the Time Machine by TJ Thomas


Walking on the Moon by Robson Santos


Dance Red and Yellow by Lu Guada


Me, Myself and I by Hans Borghorst


Violet and the Big Hat by Simon Sparks


Walk on By by Cara Gallardo Weil


Cycling in Style by Thomas Kakareko


The Approach by Roger Guetta


Pondering by David Ingraham


Untitled by Tal Shafik


C’est La Vie by Laura Peischl


Hope in Haiti by Steven Gagne


Please click here to submit your images.

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The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote the global phenomenon of mobile photography and art.  The awards are committed to presenting the art-form in galleries and exhibits. The MPA is the world's largest open gallery call and competition of its kind.
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