Robert Herold

THE VISITATION OF MR. HORATIO – WINNER OF THE DIGITAL ART CATEGORY

I was really happy with the recognition of this image, because I have a special relationship with it. The constellation of taking it was one of those moments that rarely occurs. This is when you feel that everything is condensing in an exciting sequence of actions and experiences, which starts immediately before the actual shot, and lasts beyond the action. This is a special state of illumination.

The original shot was made in a little village, where some of our relatives live. We made a trip to visit them on a warm summer day. I love these occasions, because I like to talk with the relatives, and we behave as a gregarious Italian family. Everybody talks loudly, there is laughing and disputes, the table is full with meal, and the whole situation has a very cool vintage feeling. I always wanted to catch this feeling.

I make images because I have an obsession to take photos. The activity channels my creative energy and its pre-verbal nature helps to deal with questions that are difficult to tackle on a verbal level.

The character in the door is my teenage son. He was just entering the room when I took the photo. As we are continuously working on our father-son relationship, it gave the setting a special taste for me. As a father, I would like to convey my experiences to him, and at the same time I try to grasp the meaning in my experiences for myself. This image is about this ambivalence and during the editing of the image I wanted to express something from this feeling. Additionally, these visits to the relatives alway have a historic perspective as well. The past and the present of the family is reflected in the memories of the lost beloved ones, which in turn raises some classical, basic questions about life and death in the mirror of the relationships we have. I hope I could transmit something from these feelings.

I make images because I have an obsession to take photos. The activity channels my creative energy and its pre-verbal nature helps to deal with questions that are difficult to tackle on a verbal level. It is a subjective documentation of a life.

Mobile photography is perfect for this subjective documentation, as it is unique in that you always have the tools with you to both document and process an image.

Mobile photography is perfect for this subjective documentation, as it is unique in that you always have the tools with you to both document and process an image. Compared to conventional photography, this feature extends the experience in time, starting with the traditional taking of the photo and continuing through the finishing of an extensive editing process. To mirror this, my workflow is two-phase. First, if I manage to catch a moment according to my subjective visualization, and this is that rare constellation I’ve talked about above, then I try to unfold the inner meaning and the associating feelings through editing in that second step, which ideally results in an image that may express something of interest to others.

Robert Herold

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.