Extension Of The I

Extension Of The I With Dixon Hamby – Awesome Mobile Travel Photographer

Welcome to another new series of interviews and insights that we are running on theappwhisperer.com, we are delighted that our A Day In The Life Of Series is so popular and successful and will continue to run that, we love it. This new section, entitled, Extension Of The I, goes deeper into the photographic aspects of mobile photography. It delves into the lives and thoughts and influences that our interviewees experience from their photography. No other mobile photography website reaches the depths and emotions of the mobile photographers as we do in this series of interviews.

We think you’re going to enjoy this, a lot. Today, we are featuring the very well known and incredibly talented mobile photographer, Dixon Hamby. We recently interviewed Dixon for our A Day In The Life of Series, if you missed that you can read it here. Dixon is a Northwest native, Boeing web and graphic designer escapee. He left his native land to become a travel photographer. Fate hit him on the head (literally) in Panama when an errant palm frond fell and injured his neck, thereby rendering him unable to lift his DSLR. iPhoneography filled the void and his creativity took a new direction. Dixon’s work has been featured in numerous books, blogs and galleries.

Dixon does not normally write down the apps he uses for each image, his normal process for color is:

1. Camera+ Clarity
2. Some images he then uses Filterstorm Enhance.
3. On images that he turns part of image to B&W he uses Filterstorm.

For B&W Dixon uses PSExpress or Snapseed.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘Extension Of The I’ section, just send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get it set up.

So, without further ado, let us begin…


First Things First…


Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘SCORE! Futbol in the street’


JC – How did you get started in photography?

DH – I started at relatively late age. Took Visual Communications with an emphasis in Photography in college and feel in love with photography.




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JC – Who and what are your influences?

DH – Henri-Cartier Bresson, W. Eugene Smith and Daisaku Ikeda.




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JC – What draws you to the subjects you seek?

DH – Boy, thats a tough question. I think it is more intuition than anything. Design also is a factor.




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JC – What is it about these subjects that you want to capture/communicate and ultimately convey in your images?

DH – Either the beauty of a scene or the interaction between people and their world.




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JC – How did you “settle” on this subject?

DH – Intuition




Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘sex freaks’


JC – Is there another area/subject that you would like to explore, if so, what and why?

DH – I try to stay open to new visions.




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JC – Which photographers (not necessarily mobile photographers) do you most admire and why?

DH – Henri-Cartier Bresson because he was the first great "street photographer" and a master of timing. W. Eugene Smith for his courage and being a pioneer in photojournalism.


Street Photography…


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JC – Henri Cartier-Bresson is/was in many ways the Godfather of street photography, even in the 1930s he enjoyed using a small camera for discretion in order to capture people and tell a story-do you feel this way regarding mobile photography?

DH – The iPhone is a revolutionary tool in street photography. Always with you, easy to use and a darkroom in your pocket.




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JC – Tell us about your photographic technique do you rely on intuition or do you believe in a more formal/trained approach?

DH – Intuition first then my formal training kicks in.




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JC – How has your photography evolved?

DH – Well, I used to make money doing it and don’t now LOL. I have moved from more commercial images to images that I find interesting.


All For One…


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JC – Many of the great photographers, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier Bresson described only shooting images for “themselves”do you see this attitude with mobile photographers?

DH – I am not sure why others take photos. I just love doing it.




Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘queen of perpetual indulgence’


JC – Do you take risks with photographs, push boundaries? If yes, please give examples, if no, why not, would you like to?

DH – I think I have, especially with my "street art" images. Many are very graphic in detail.

Favorite Image…


Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘elders’


JC – What is your favorite picture, of your own and why?

DH – I really cant pick one. The images that mean the most to me are ones of concerts, which I used to shoot a lot. Love live music and had the great fortune to see most of the greats during the 60’s and 70’s. But they aren’t mobile photos.




Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘erotic photographer’


JC – Do you get emotionally involved with your photography?

DH – They can evoke emotion and hopefully at times do for others.




Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘honey bee’


JC – Does your life become entwined with your subjects?

DH – No




Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘oops’


JC – Do you have a special post-processing style?

DH – I usually use Camera+ Clarity filter first. At times do more work with Filterstorm. For B&W I use PSExpress or Snapseed.


Tips For Post-Processing…


Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘folklife’


JC – Do you have any tips for post-processing?

DH – Master a few powerful apps.




Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘bottleneck lounge’


JC – Do you have a digital workflow system to sort your images, if so what is it?

DH – I sort them by equipment shot with and where they were taken.





Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘real doll’


JC – How do you think photography has changed over the years?

DH – It is much harder to make money. Everyone has a camera and some will give away or sell their work for almost nothing.


35mm Film Days…


Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘my hood’


JC – As a mobile photographer you’re at the cutting edge of technology, do you ever hanker for the 35mm film days?

DH – No. I spent many years in the darkroom and don’t miss the chemicals at all. I worked in graphic design and started using Photoshop with version 1.0. From that moment I knew photography would never be the same and was an earlier user of digital equipment.

Apps With Links Used In This Article…


Copyright Image – Dixon Hamby – ‘hair’


Photoshop Express

Contact Details For Dixon Hamby


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com