‘Brought to Light’ – Mobile Photography / Art Interview with Lisa Waddell from Texas, United States

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Our ‘Brought to Light‘ interview section explores the mobile photographers and mobile artists behind their art. Each question has been carefully crafted and is designed to allow us to get to know them a little more intimately. To view others that we have published in this series, please go here.

Today, we are featuring Lisa Waddell a talented mobile photographer and artist from Texas, United States. Many of Waddell’s images are self-reflexive and metamorphose a myriad of guises. Each mannequin is created into a memorable character, which the viewer needs to develop their own narratives for, Waddell rarely reveals her private intentions. In some ways these portraits look frozen in time, representing perhaps personal loneliness. This series allows Waddell to collaborate entirely with herself, she does not need to acquiesce to someone else’s possible bad idea. She can embrace and fascinate herself with fantasies, processes and techniques with mute self-representation, while her viewers marvel at the intricacy of her work.

This body of work drew us to Lisa Waddell

All photos ©Lisa Waddell

 

Describe a moment that changed your life

My divorce clearly was a life changing moment for me. There was nothing bad or overly dramatic about the reasons for it but I am a far better person today in countless ways because of my first marriage and subsequent divorce and the life lessons they provided. I am also pleased to say that I’ve been very happily married to my second husband for over 20 years!

I was a journalism major in college and, although I never worked in that field professionally, I always thought being a food critic would definitely be a dream job. My dream mobile photography assignment would be shooting a professionally prepared meal from start to finish…kitchen to table. As I type this I’m thinking what a great project it would have been to photograph my mother preparing some of the old family dishes (for which there are no recipes). She was not a professional chef but a very, very good cook and baker. Oh, the photo ops would be endless!

Hide and Seek’ ©Lisa Waddell

Describe a childhood photographic/art memory

As far back as I can remember my family documented our life in pictures. Dating back to at least the late 40s up until they died, my parents, grandparents and large extended family loved to take snapshots…vacations, parties, milestone events, everyday activities. It was all captured on film. None of our cameras were expensive by any means but the memories those photos created are priceless.

‘Turn Around and Face the Truth’ ©Lisa Waddell

Describe your photographic/art studio

My mobile studio is usually my very comfy couch although I have been known to edit photos late at night in bed!

‘Stoic’ ©Lisa Waddell

What do you like to think about whilst you are creating images

Nothing other than what I’m working on. I stay focused on the project at hand. My photography practice is very intuitive so I don’t work well with outside distractions.

‘Chapeau’ ©Lisa Waddell

Share one photo tip

I actually have two tips. The first, and most important, is to be sure to back up all photographs on your camera!! I am one of the few people I know who does not back up to the iCloud but I DO back up to Shoebox and Flickr. I keep very few photos on my Camera Roll; usually only about five or six. As soon as I have completed a project all photos get moved to Shoebox and Flickr. If I want to move them off my camera roll but I’m not completely finished with the project, I will move the images to PhotoVault; a really handy photo storage app.

My other tip is to keep track of your work flow when editing. I’m old school in this regard…I still use paper and pen to do this.

‘Trixie’ ©Lisa Waddell

Who or what ignited your passion for mobile photography

Almost 10 years ago I wrote a blog about antique needlework. I took all the photographs for it. I started out using a Kodak point and shoot but then I realized how much simpler it would be to use my iPhone. I was so taken with it that I retired the blog and completely and totally immersed myself in iPhone photography. I can honestly say I’ve never looked back! Mobile photography is truly my passion.

‘Heatwave’ ©Lisa Waddell

What is the most unusual subject you have photographed

“Unusal”, of course, means different things to different people. For me, it would be the series of dead flowers that I completed years ago. It definitely appeals to the wabi-sabi part of my personality.

‘Fiona’ ©Lisa Waddell

What are your favourite accessories for mobile photography

Without a doubt my favorite accessory is my Mophie Powerstation Plus external battery. I love that it has built in cables and it charges quickly. It has saved me more than once and I carry it with me at all times.

‘Certainty’ ©Lisa Waddell

Do you have a favorite app?

My go-to app for, truly, every single image is VSCO. The suite of editing tools is comprehensive and very user friendly. I always tweak exposure, contrast and saturation. I also sharpen and clarify the image and sometimes crop it. (There are many other tools; none of which I use regularly but it’s nice to know they are available to me.) Every once in a while I will apply one of the filters. Again, there is a comprehensive selection of filters from which to choose and once you’ve selected one you can regulate its’ effect; which is another nice feature. About the only part of VSCO that I don’t use is the social aspect of it.

Describe your dream Photography assignment

I was a journalism major in college and, although I never worked in that field professionally, I always thought being a food critic would definitely be a dream job. My dream mobile photography assignment would be shooting a professionally prepared meal from start to finish…kitchen to table. As I type this I’m thinking what a great project it would have been to photograph my mother preparing some of the old family dishes (for which there are no recipes). She was not a professional chef but a very, very good cook and baker. Oh, the photo ops would be endless!

Who would play you in a film of your life?

I would love for Tina Fey to play me in a film! I love her sense of humor and comedic talent; both acting and writing. It doesn’t hurt that we vaguely look alike. We both have dark eyes and dark hair!

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