Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Catherine Caddigan


A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.

In this A Picture’s Worth today we asked Catherine Caddigan to tell us more about her image featured here. Caddigan has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable… 

“I shot this portrait with my iPhone 6. I try to capture people in their truest sense, and it’s nice when they can relax with me and really be themselves. When I chose this image to work with I wanted to create a powerful portrait, one that could speak about how women project themselves, but I was not sure where the process would take me.

I then took the portrait to my iPad, fine tuned the image in Snapseed and used Image Blender to drop in a texture in the background, then into Procreate where I did most of the alterations. The collage element of the measuring tape was added in two sizes in two layers. I then painted directly into the portrait layer. This is spontaneous like finger painting, and I worked quickly, the trick is to know when to stop. I find this a rewarding process. A nice feature of Procreate is the “undo.” feature.  I also smeared the image some until I got the affect I wanted. I had reserved a duplicate of that layer before painting and played with the scale, removing what I didn’t need with the eraser and painting and smearing to blend the two images.

I love the painterly effects and layering that can be achieved in Procreate. It’s close to working on a conventional collage for me because of the “hands on” feel of the tools.

Thank you Joanne for asking me to take part in this wonderful series”.

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