ABC 7 in San Francisco ran a prime time news piece on the Mobile Photo Awards on April 24th – the following was written by reporter Don Sanchez:
“You could become an award winning photographer with something you carry around every day — your cellphone. A new exhibition of mobile photography award winners has open at ArtHaus Gallery in San Francisco.
It’s a new medium where a photographer can shoot in black and white or color and design textural creations. All of these photos were shot on an iPhone.
“I take over 100 photos a day. I shoot every day,” said Deb Evans Braun of San Francisco.
Braun won the landscape category with a black and white shot taken in Sharp Park.
“I just couldn’t help seeing this tree that just really struck me, that was bent by the wind. And then the cyclist coming though,” said Braun.
Shane Robinson of Maui won in the apps category with a multi-layered photo of a torso and flowers.
“It’s about six different photographs, but there are many layers of the figure and of the flower that are merged down and combined in different ways,” said Robinson.
Braun and Robinson were two of more than 2,200 entrants from 114 countries in the first mobile photography competition. There are photo apps which allow creation of moods, looks.
“It also allows you to switch lenses for different effects with vignetting, blurring, and different things like that,” said Braun.
“For photography, it’s more about composition, energy, flow, movement and the iPhone does a job like any other camera,” said Robinson.
The iPhone can be used for more than making calls. The gallery proves it can also produce works of art. They both have big SLR cameras, but find the iPhone is less intimidating.
“It’s really discreet. People notice me with a big old camera in front of my face. So I’m able to blend in to the background,” said Braun.
That’s how a New York contestant was able to get this photo of singers in the subway. The exhibition will be featured at the San Francisco Fine Arts Fair May 17-20. And it will be up in ArtHaus Gallery through June 30.”
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On the night of the Mobile Photo Awards exhibition premiere at the ArtHaus gallery we had the great pleasure of meeting San Francisco street photographer Travis Jensen. His passion for his craft is infectious – his talent undeniable. We had a wonderful chat about the importance of context, that is, working thematically with one’s images. Isolated pictures can be enticing but a coherent set of images tell a larger story. With this in mind, we offered Travis the opportunity to share his vision with the readers of the MPA Blog. Please enjoy this photo essay from the streets of San Francisco entitled “Where I Dwell.”
“San Francisco is my home. Though I wasn’t born here, I consider myself an honorary native as I’ve been living here now half my life. I came to The City fresh out of high school to be a part of a then thriving skateboarding scene. I’m 33 now. I grew up here, and San Francisco helped raise me.
I’ve truly seen it all in this town, everything from being shot at from pointblank range to witnessing the birth of my two beautiful children. I can’t really see myself living any place else, and I never get bored roaming the streets with a camera. I understand this city and its inhabitants — people from all walks of life, and they understand me. Every now and again I’ll have someone question what I’m doing to which I simply reply, “That’s what I do, I take pictures of people…”
“Where I Dwell” is a collection of candid street scenes, street portraiture and urban environmental scenes snapped on the streets of San Francisco over the last six months, give or take. All images were shot using Hipstamatic’s Blackeys Film and John S. Lens combo. No crops, tilts, or other app wizardry applied.
To see more of Travis Jensen’s work please visit his website TRAVIS JENSEN PHOTO
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