Giuseppe Capozzo A.K.A Krapoz

You, Too – Winner of the ScratchCam category

I had just come out of a supermarket, heading to my car in the parking lot when, suddenly, I was struck by the beauty of the sky and clouds above my eyes. It was a lovely day in July, just before sunset, and I caught the breeze of mild summer in the air. It was easy to be inspired to take a picture, to celebrate the moment.

I felt immediately that this could have been the starting point to produce a composition on my iPhone; so, when at home, I started to think about a story. Those days I really would have liked to include a balloon into one of my images, possibly giving it a somehow dramatic and romantic role. That summer sky was giving me the right opportunity to start working on this idea. Moreover, I’m lucky enough to have someone by my side (wonder who?) willing to endure my deliriums of mobile photography – subjecting herself, among other things, to my occasional need to have a human figure within my creations (no, I didn’t ask anyone to hang on a pole, it’s only app-magic!).

I wanted to describe the character of a romantic loser in both a poetic and humorous way.

After I determined the visual concept and assembled all of the elements, I had two intense evening couch-sessions on my iPhone that led me to the final result.

Essentially, I wanted to symbolize the bittersweet sense of desperation of an imaginary abandoned lover. Something like “…I’ll miss you so much that I will try to reach and catch you in any way – even if you fly away in a balloon and I have to grab onto a pole.” The title suggests that this is not the first time our protagonist has faced a similar situation. I wanted to describe the character of a romantic loser in both a poetic and humorous way. This leaves the viewer the faculty to figure out the rest. In fact, you can imagine an (almost) infinite number of scenarios both before and after the moment represented in the image.

Metaphors aside, I like to think that on balance there is a positive message behind the image. The protagonist has pushed herself to the limit before having to give up; this way she won’t regret having let her beloved go before having done everything possible. Everyone should behave like this when he/she is really interested in something important.

I’m just a (grown) guy who has seen come true his dream to be able to create visuals (and music!) anywhere at any time. I’ve been iPhone-addicted from the first moment it was made available here in Italy. And although my job is creative enough, I still need to devote some time, every day, to the conception of something to satisfy my restless need to create and express my visions.

Depending on the situation, when I’m working on an image I could be talking to the outside world or just to myself. The first case is when I have the urge to communicate something, so I try to impress the viewer with special effects or thought-provoking situations. The latter is when I’m curious to come up with something to better understand my personality, often ending up – unfortunately (or fortunately?) – with abstract visuals.

I aim to offer a different perspective on inner and outer reality, trying to understand if there is something hidden or incomprehensible that would make sense to bring to light.

At the moment, my greatest aspiration as an iPhoneographer is to improve myself in the tough task of stimulating, at the same time, the mind (through imagination) and the heart (through emotions) of the viewer. Therefore, sharing my work and receiving some feedback is always a great pleasure as well as a big encouragement to continue.

Mobile photography has definitely changed my habits and the way I look at what surrounds me, given the convenience with which I can capture a scene or a detail.
Because of my approach I usually start with simple – if not trivial – elements with the intention to get to something more complex and hopefully interesting. This way I aim to offer a different perspective on inner and outer reality, trying to understand if there is something hidden or incomprehensible that would make sense to bring to light.

Apart from this, and as a good “strategic” side-effect, creating art on a mobile device today is also a great opportunity to be noticed. There are plenty of pro-photographers and photoshoppers out there, but far fewer mobile photographers and skilled appers. We “only” have the responsibility to publish excellent works which may serve to show that this new form of expression deserves the respect received from any artistic movement.

If we could really fill our usual places with new colors and strange creatures, we would likely enjoy our lives more.

Apping plays a key role in my production, though I never forgetting the importance of clear communication. I tend to keep an experimental spirit alive in all of my works. In other words, my ideal of (mobile) photography is the combination of compelling storytelling with some great technical skills.

All this said, I’m having the most of fun when I manage to create a nice image after having explored and played with some new app – or after having found a cool new way to stack some of them within my workflow.

Basically, by means of this wonderful technology, I try to turn all the most common sceneries and elements around me into something fantastic and peculiar. I love when someone says that my images are suspended between dream and reality. In fact, when I work on an image, I feel like I am applying a “dream filter” over the original captures.

Since we were children, we have had the need to escape from time to time into our own imaginary microcosm. I believe it’s worth the struggle to preserve this habit.

This is my secret weapon to get rid of the daily routine. If we could really fill our usual places with new colors and strange creatures, we would likely enjoy our lives more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with my life and I’ve been a lucky man so far. But, since we were children, we have had the need to escape from time to time into our own imaginary microcosm. I believe it’s worth the struggle to preserve this habit, regardless of age and commitments, especially for a creative spirit. And I know you know…

Giuseppe Capozzo A.K.A Krapoz

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About the MPA

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.
The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote and celebrate mobile photography and art. With fine-art exhibits, competitions and open gallery calls, the MPA is the world's largest event of it's kind.