Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Robin Cohen

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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 Robin Cohen to tell us more about her image featured here. Cohen has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…

“When I create art, I am usually expressing my feelings and sensations, rather than only representing something visual.  When I walk on the beach and feel the warmth on my shoulders, smell the sea air and see the light dancing on the foam, I try to share those sensations along with the joy that I feel in that environment.  My process is pretty spontaneous. I very rarely decide in advance what I’m going to shoot, or how I am going to shoot it.  Nor do I know a priori, how I will process it.  

The photo I am sharing here, called “Dance like…” is an example of how I just play around until something I like emerges.  I was sitting in my office one day and I suddenly thought: “I want to dance in front of my iPhone”.  I took a variety of these shots. In this photo, I used Camera+ to take the shot, but in more recent photos like this, I’ve used Slow Shutter app, which creates such fascinating patterns of motion. What worked well in this shot is my loose tunic shirt (which moved well), as well as the Indian pattern on it.  Then I took the shot into the wonderfully creative iColorama, which is my go-to app.  First, since I was in my office, there was a whole room of stuff behind me, so I used one of the blurs to soften and blot out the background.  Then, after creating a tone/set of colors that resonated with me, I used a zoom blur to intensify and highlight my sensations of movement. I created the final punctuation of the experience using DistressedFX textures and birds. For me, the birds mirrored the my experience of freedom through this dance”.

Photo ©Robin Cohen

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