Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting, newcomers as well as accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 134th interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.
Today we are featuring a highly accomplished mobile artist and photographer, Ioannis Sidiropoulos from Greece. Ioannis describes himself and his work as ‘a Greek born amateur artist, a dreamer, a romantic insane who is desperately seeking tranquility in sinister worlds and circumstances. His art is his way out of this hypocrisy of people and a way to cast demons out‘. You will love this!
If you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at Joanne@theappwhisperer.com and I will get back to you.
Self Portrait ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
My day starts always at 6;30 every day … starting it with a daily walk and photos for my private collection, photos of nature mostly ..the colours are so inspiring even the sounds of nature for my work.
‘Black Rose’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
There’s no time for me to take photos, what keeps my eyes more than 15 seconds for me is a subject for a photo.
‘Butterfly’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
How did the transition from traditional artist to mobile artist develop?
There’s no transition. I never was a traditional photographer, at least I never considered myself as one of them. I became interested in taking pictures when I had my first iPhone because it was equipped with a good camera.
‘Colour of your body’s Perfume’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Do you like to download new mobile photography and/or art apps regularly?
Yes, I do, I always search and read reviews for new applications for my device. I have apps that I’ve paid for and i used them only one time just to use a tool that they have. It’s something that i do regularly discovering new techniques.
‘Crashing Forward’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?
Apple iOS is the platform that I use.
‘Dark Delight’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Would you consider changing platforms and why?
No, I wouldn’t because I’m used to the apps supported by Apple and I don’t have the time to get myself used to android or windows apps, not that i don’t want it.
‘Depression’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
How often do you update your existing apps? What are your current favorites and what features do you look for in a new app?
Daily, I check for updates so I won’t miss any improvements to the apps that I use to make my work more easier. Artrage is my favorite because it allows me to paint on the photo to achieve the effect I desire and of course the app filterstormPro, Stackables and leonardo are good too .
‘Dystopia’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Where’s your favourite place in the world for a shoot and why?
I love to shoot in a room with good lighting because room light always gives me the mood that i want for my photos. Not that I’m not interested shooting in nature.
‘Kiss me… your tongue is like poison’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Where do you like to upload your photographs to Flickr, Instagram etc?
Flickr for me is the best platform for my work more serious art not a playground like instagram … to viewbug and Facebook … and to Instagram of course but only for my history of my work. Instagram even if is the platform I started with it is not a serious platform for me .
‘Life soars shatters the quiet’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?
Not just every day but all day long and not just with my iPhone.
‘Meds’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Do you like to use external hardware products with your mobile device for image and video capturing, such as lenses, tripods, external storage and battery packs?
No. I don’t use any of those things for my mobile device.
‘Observed over expected mortality’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?
I edit all my images on my iPad but I’ve made wonderful things with my iPhone 4.and iPhone 5s.
‘Ode on Dreams’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc.
To be honest, I never imagined myself going this far with my passion for mobile photography. I just enjoy editing as a way to express my creative side. I won American Aperture Awards 2013 for category mobile photography-people/portraits and I got the winning pieces exhibited in the US and Australia. Honorable mentioned twice to the international photography competition Monochrome Photography Awards 2016 to the categories fine art and portraits.
-Winner second place (Silver medal) to 37th Zagreb Salon international photography competition, one of the oldest international photo contests since 1910 with my photo there for 15 days to the exhibition.
-Finalist and honorable mentioned to the Eros award 2016 international photography competition (4 photos).
-Grand Winner to TZIPAC GopixExposee 2016 competition to the category fine art and open with two more entries to the finals .
-Honorable mentioned to the 3rd Annual Mobile photography awards 2013 to the category Digital Fine Art.
I am also selling my work on two sites:
and here in case someone is interested of purchasing my work
Where do you see the future of mobile photography?
I think mobile photography has a very bright future as mobile phone technology is getting savvier by the second. We are talking about a revolution to photography !!!
‘Renaissance of an eroded soul’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?
The categories you mean? Well if I guess, it is whatever makes the photographers eyes happy, even if this is street photography or documentary or fine art photography.
‘Savage’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Do you think it is country Specific, are some nations more clued up?
So far mobile photography contests that I had the opportunity to join were held in the USA, but I think other countries are lining up too because the popularity of mobile photography is undeniably worldwide.
‘Self Inflicted’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
If you could select a specification for a smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?
Good quality camera and easy to use apps that are compatible to the device of course.
‘Solitude’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
For sure Joanne is a very special person because she helps new talents by spreading their amazing work to the world. As for theappwhisperer.com, I think this community will take mobile photography to the next level as here we are introduced to people who inspire us and they are willing to share their techniques to the community.
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