Welcome to another new series of interviews and insights that we are running on theappwhisperer.com. This section, entitled, “Extension of the I,” goes deeper into the photographic aspects of mobile photography. It delves into the lives, thoughts and influences that our artists experience from their photography. No other mobile photography website reaches the depths and emotions of the mobile photographers as we do in this new series of interviews. If you’ve missed our previous interviews of this series, you can read them here.
We think you’re going to enjoy this, a lot. Today we are featuring Jun Yamaguchi, we recently featured Jun in our Day In The Life series of interviews, if you missed that, please go here.
Jun was born in Japan where he currently lives. As a child he loved to read books and draw pictures but before he knew it, he had stopped drawing or painting.
He then describes his life as ‘living in his own hell for nearly 40 years’, and after he felt release from it, he began to photograph and then to paint a few years ago. He suddenly decided that was what he wanted to do them and didn’t really know why. Around the same time he joined Flickr and has become acquainted with some great artists. And through Flickr he has sold a number of his works.
Jun is not formally trained but has worked with and continues to work relying on his intuition. He surmises that various things he had experienced while being in the “hell” are very helpful to his work.
You can learn more about Jun in the following interview below:
You can find all the links to the apps used or mentioned at the end of this article.
© Jun Yamaguchi
First Things First
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Man In Desert” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – How did you get started in photography?
Jun – I had never had an interest in photography for a long time, but about six years ago, suddenly one day, I wanted to record things around me with a camera, I bought a compact digital camera and began to take pictures. And in 2010, suddenly again, I wanted to paint this time. I used to draw pictures as a child, but had not done it from that time. Then I knew the way how to paint with my iPod Touch 3 I had already had, practiced for a couple of months and joined Flickr. At this time I joined in Flickr as an iPhone painter, in 2011 I bought a new iPod touch 4 with camera and began with a photo paint style.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Stepping Out” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, ScratchCam FX, and DXP
Joanne – Who and what are your influences?
Jun – I have been influenced by many photographers, painters, movie directors, writers, poets, musicians, e.g., Nicholas de Steal, Edward Hopper, Piet Mondrian, Eugene Atget, Saul Leiter, Jean-Luc Godard, John Cassavetes, Federico Felini, Daniel Schmid, Luis Bunuel, Yasujiro Ozu, Wolfgang von Goethe, Soseki Natsume, Emily Dickinson, Neil Young, Sly Stone, Kevin Ayers, Pat Metheny etc. I especially love music and movies very much, I am inspired strongly by them.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Back To The Good Future Days” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, ScratchCam FX, DXP and Snapseed
Joanne – What draws you to the subjects you seek?
Jun – My life itself.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Reading On The Beach” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and, ScratchCam FX
Joanne – What is it about these subjects that you want to capture/communicate and ultimately convey in your images?
Jun – It is about the end of duality, or how our social life and system are just an illusion and releasing from them.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Back Of Old Man” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – How did you settle on this subject?
Jun – I have not been able to become familiar with human life in general from my childhood, I dropped out from various things in my life, and I therefore could not think deeply about it.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Rain In The Small Town” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Is there another are/subject that you would like to explore, if so, what and why?
Jun – Portrait. I had been afraid of humans for a long time, but the situation has been changing recently. There was a big change in and out me.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Tired” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Which photographers (not necessarily mobile photographers) do you most admire and why?
Eugene Atget – I love his perfect composition and quietness, and also sympathize with the unique and complex emotions coming through his photos.
Vivian Maier – I love her self-portraits. I have never seen such sad portraits.
JQ Gaines – I believe that her works are supreme in mobile photography, her portraits are especially fabulous among all her work. I did not liked portrait photography very much, but seeing her work, I changed my mind.
Curt Bianchi – He is a great photographer using both iPhone and DSLR. I love his exact framing, signature tone, sense of humor and intimate attachment to his subjects, and also feel something common between his work and mine.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Double Man” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, ScratchCam FX, and DXP
Joanne – Henri Cartier-Bresson is in many ways, the Godfather of street photography, even in the 1930’s he enjoyed using a small camera for discretion in order to capture people and tell a story – do you feel this way regarding mobile photography?
Jun – Yes. His distinct ways were timeless and universal, even if a mobile photographer doesn’t know his works and ways, the photographer has been under his influence in one way or another.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Square With The Statue” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Tell us about your photographic technique, do you rely on intuition or do you believe in a more formal/trained approach?
Jun – Intuition! I have never received art education, in fact know nothing about the traditional techniques of photography.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Jail To Jail” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – How has your photography evolved?
Jun – With my intuition and getting tired of my own former style.
All For One
© Jun Yamaguchi -“Hair Salon” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Many of the great photographers, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Robert Frank , Henri Cartier-Bresson described only shooting images for themselves; do you see this attitude with mobile photographers?
Jun – Half yes and half no.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Stillness” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2 and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Do you take risks with photographs, push boundaries? If yes, please give examples, if no, why not, would you like to?
Jun – Yes. I want to unite various styles, such as photography, painting, drawing, design etc and make my distinct style. And actually, I have been carrying it out.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Double Man 2” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and Pixlr-o-matic
Joanne – What is your favorite picture, of your own and why?
Jun – love all my work and also don’t like it all. I feel a strong attachment to all my work, at the same time I tend to find what parts I don’t like or didn’t go well.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “East and West” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Do you get emotionally involved with your photography?
Jun – Partly yes.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Percolator and Reading Man” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Does your life become entwined with your subjects?
Jun – Surely!
Post Production (Processing)
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Farewell To The City” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, ScratchCam FX, and DXP
Joanne – Do you have a special post-processing style?
Jun – My style is “photo painting”, so firstly I paint or draw over the photo I took.
Tips for Processing
© Jun Yamaguchi – “She Is Transparent” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and PictureShow
Joanne – Do you have any tips for post-processing?
Jun – Yes, I have, but I would rather not say about those, sorry…
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Cover Girl” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Do you have a digital workflow system to sort your images, if so what is it?
Jun – I don’t have such a system.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Permanent Calm” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – How do you think photography has changed over the years?
Jun – I think that the equipment for photography have only changed, the basics of photography itself has not changed.
35 mm FIlm Days
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Upstairs” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and Pixlr-o-matic
Joanne – As a mobile photographer you’re at the cutting edge of technology, do you ever hanker for the 35mm film days?
Jun – Yes! I basically don’t like digital art (photography, movie, music, painting, illustration etc). But mobile art is so cheap but has kind of a good old mood and analog feel, I love it.