Kert Gartner

Iron Man – Winner of the “CrossProcess” category

This was a fun image to create. My friends and I were at Patricia Beach, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada last summer for the afternoon just hanging out and enjoying the day. It’s one of our favourite places to go and relax. I had just started messing around with iPhoneography on my 3GS, learning about the different apps that are available and just having fun with the camera.

As the sun started to set that evening, the clouds, light, and water were in perfect harmony, and this amazing sunset was happening behind this cool looking cloud with an absolutely tranquil lake reflecting the sky. It was really an amazing sight.

I’ve always loved taking shots neck deep in the water so I asked my friend Vince to run out into the water with me, and he started grabbing the sand throwing it above his head. We took maybe a dozen shots of this until we got this one which turned out just perfect. It’s one of my favourite shots, and when I tell people it was taken with a cell phone, they’re usually pretty blown away.

“I’m not really sure why I love photography so much, but I have a feeling it’s buried in my DNA in some way.”
My grandmother on my Dad’s side and grandfather on my Mom’s side were both semi-professional photographers, so I think that i’m just genetically predisposed to it, lol.  I still use my Grandfather’s Canon AE-1 when I shoot 1 roll of Kodak EIR Infrared film every year. I learned photography with that camera, and shot a roll or two of slides every week for about 3-4 years.

I think what it really comes down to, is I love devices and technology that capture manipulate and project light. The technology is now at the point where we have one device that can do all three of these things, and it fits in your pocket. That’s pretty cool.

I think the goal of Photography in general is trying to capture a moment and the emotion you were feeling when you were there taking the picture. That seems like a simple concept, but it’s really incredibly difficult to pull off. I don’t consider myself a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination, so on the rare occasions that I’m able to make a successful image that captures that moment and feeling, It feels really great.

“I think the goal of Photography in general is trying to capture a moment and the emotion you were feeling when you were there taking the picture.”

Mobile photography is really the future of photography as far as I’m concerned. If we’re not already there, I think cameras like the one in the iPhone 4s are good enough for 95% of people’s daily needs. I know I’ll never buy another point and shoot again, and I haven’t recommended a full fledged DSLR to anyone unless their needs are very specific.

It’ll be really interesting to see where things go over the next few years. I think the whole notion of “mobile photography” will start to expand beyond cell phones, and into other bizarre and abstract areas. What happens when our clothes (even the fibres of the shirt), and other products start to have multiple cameras embedded in them? The Kinect is a really interesting device, and people are already doing some really cool things now that they have a camera that can sense depth as well. There’s some amazing tech on the way, and I hope it’ll open up new ways to create some amazing imagery.

- Kert Gartner

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.