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 140th interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.
Today we are featuring accomplished mobile photographer, Susan Detroy from Oregon, United States, we have long been admirers of her work. You will love this!
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All Photos ©Susan Detroy
Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
My mornings vary with several things that are important to me. I start my day with breathing and mediation. I like to use a timer or listen to a mindfulness podcast. I often work on my iPad in the morning, posting, viewing and commenting on Instagram. In the current political climate, I might take time to use twitter or FB. I have aged rat terrier dog who lets me know its time for a walk.
Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
These days I use photographs as source material, taking them throughout the week and the day. My photo taking and image creating are integrated throughout my day/life, interspersing my photography into everyday life.
A few times a month I take dedicated photo time. And there is always that moment when I am doing something unrelated and a light comes through the window or a moment happens that pulls me into photographing.
How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop?
My story has layers.
For a couple decades, I ran a business and worked as a journalistic, wedding, commercial film photographer. I was a black and white darkroom printer. I liked my work as a printer and film photographer. When digital technology started I was initially resistent. My attention to the changes was interrupted by a life threatening illness, lasting several years. Once I emerged from my illness, the photography world had changed. My business was gone. I decided to jump into digital, using a large Nikon digital camera. I continued part time with my commercial and artistic photography.
After a few years of trying digital work, I shifted careers to art consulting. I worked as an exhibit designer which I still do. During this change in careers, I had a fallow period in my photography and in my art making. After a life time of art making, I lived several years of no production of any art or photography.
A small shift happened when I bought a Samsung cell phone and I took an iPad story telling class.
The bigger change exploded into my life when I bought an iPhone and took a class with Susan Bien. Susan taught a two day workshop at Lane Community College.
During the class, my world shifted. Doors opened. The apps, the transformational app-inspired artwork spoke to me in a way that I had not experienced in years. My interior art self woke from a foggy slumber. That happened about four years ago.
Photographically, I am now completely mobile and loving it.
Do you like to download new mobile photography and/or art apps regularly?
I download apps when I see something another mobile artist is doing or an iPhone enthusiast shows me a new app. I look at work several days a week on Instagram and Flickr.
I do not download photography.
What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?
Originally I used a Samsung Android, now exclusively Apple iPhone.
I use my iPad for editing and do a bit of editing on my desktop Mac.
Would you consider changing platforms and why?
I am happy with what I am doing. There is so much to learn and explore where I am now.
It brings me joy. I think I still have lots to learn and am excited with my work.
How often do you update your existing apps?
Some update automatically and I update and buy in-app upgrades.
What are your favourite photography/videography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new app?
My favorites currently are
What I look for usually are techniques that support the type of work I am doing, and ease of understanding. My iPhone work is similar to my layered/transfer hard copy art. I work in layering and am drawn to complex depth in my creating. I look for apps that lend to my way of seeing depth and deep into the creation.
The features I look for are ease of use and learning, apps that expand my vision and my artwork.
If the app has multiple layers of information and numerous pathways I may take a while to use it, in favor of less complicated apps.
Where’s your favourite place in the world for a shoot and why?
I love to shoot in my neighbourhood and I like to wander at night. I enjoy working close to home and the lights and reflections at sunset and night intrigue me.
And any place in nature where I can combine being out in the natural world with my mobile art.
Where do you like to upload your photographs to Flickr, Instagram etc?
Yes I load to Flickr and Instagram.
I am most interactive on Instagram as it feels like a visual conversation.
Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?
Almost every day.
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?
I have an Olloclip… and use it occasionally.
I am about to purchase a gadget to hold my phone on a tripod.
I am most interested in in-camera apps.
Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?
I like to edit on my iPad and find it most satisfying. I like the size of the image.
Occasionally I edit on my desktop with online app such as Picmonkey.
Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc.
I am thinking maybe I will do more sharing with others locally. I have wanted to set up a local group for iPhone app creators. I am considering teaching what I do and what I know.
I recently spoke with Meri Walker about a grand vision I have for a mobile photography conference/workshop event in Eugene.
I contemplate exhibiting my mobile work. For years I worked in black and white Infrared and exhibited in the US and Europe. I have yet to jump into hardcopies that feel satisfying enough to exhibit. I am just starting to think about how to translate my mobile work to hard copy. I have plans to reproduce a couple images as an experiment.
I have a single piece that will be exhibited in the Nashville, Tenn in July. The image and the show comes from publication is a book call Bared.
Where do you see the future of mobile photography?
Gosh, I like to think it will be a way for many of us who do not think of ourselves as creative to turn the corner on that old idea.
I imagine there will be more innovation in apps and hoping for more inventive ways to exhibit.
What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?
I am not sure what this question means. Perhaps the answer is in its limitlessness, its expansiveness and accessibility.
Do you think it is country Specific, are some nations more clued up?
Absolutely not. I notice on Instagram there are people from all over the world. I am connected to people in Spain, Japan, China, Brazil and more.
If you could select a specification for a smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?
I would like a phone that is smaller with a great resolution that can move seamlessly between apps.
What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
I am in deep admiration for the amount of work Joanne has done in mobile photography.
I appreciate the number of projects, sharing information and the support to mobile photography. I am pleased to be in this innovative, fun, artistic community.
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