A Day In The Life Of Johnny Ecko aka Squarepixel – An iPhone Photographer Tremendously Talented With An Expert Eye For Art
Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we’ll be taking a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography world. People that we think you will love to learn more about.
This is the thirty-third installment of the series, you can read the others here if you have missed them so far. Today, we are featuring Johnny Eck aka Squarepixel. Johnny was born in 1969 and has three children; twins 9 years old (a boy and a girl), and a boy 7 years old. He has recently divorced, but has lived a little over a year together with another iPhonographer: Lene Basma aka son3nne (they grew up together, and were high school sweethearts at 14/13). We interviewed Lene in our A Day In The Life Of article recently, and you can read that here. They live in Norway, out in the country, 50 km outside of Oslo…
Professionally, Johnny is an educated Multi Media Designer. Additionally he has worked with stage lighting for the National Theatre in Norway and several independent theatre and dance companies. His education in photography has been discontinuous; having discovered photography at an early age, including doing his own work in the darkroom from the age of 15, then working as an assistant in fashion photography in his 20s, and lately working at making photography part of my livelihood.
Johnny started seriously with iPhoneography in the winter of 2011, as a consequence of getting to know Lene (who had been active for some time before that). In the beginning there were some resistance on his part, mainly he felt because of the resolution and the inability to control the depth of field. Lately, he has rediscovered his passion for working with collages (which he previously did in PhotoShop) and the iPhone has become a more and more important tool and medium for his artistic expression.
Check out the full interview below…
We have included the app or apps that were used to create the final image, and as many of the images were cross processed we have listed the apps in the sequential order they were used in the editing process. We have also provided links for each app to the iTunes App Store, just incase you’re inspired enough to try them out for yourself as well as accessories used.
You can find all the links at the end of this article.
(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get it set up.)
First Things First…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘AGENDI EST DI CONBIBIT’ – Apps used – Diptic, Photoforge2 and Iris
JC – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
JE – I suffer from insomnia, so usually my partner wakes me up at 11:00 with a cup of coffee.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘DELIRUS’ – Apps used – Image Blender
JC – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
JE – Sometimes, but mostly I like to take pictures in the afternoon. I love the light right before and under the sunset.
Photographer vs Mobile Photographer…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘DIFFERENTIA ESSE’ – Apps used – Noir, Image Blender, Photocopier
JC – How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop?
JE – I have been a passionate photographer (SLR, DSLR) since I was 15. In 2010, right before I meet my life companion, Lene Basma, I bought an iPhone 4 and started to shoot minimal photos (one of my big fascinations) with it. After I met Lene (aka son3nne), she introduced me to iPhoneography and also the apps…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘FUGERE PAPILIO’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Photocopier
JC – Do you like to download new mobile photography apps regularly?
JE – Not really, perhaps because I have been photographing for almost 25 years AND I have an education as a multimedia designer; I know what I want to do, what I want to express, so I am rather picky about the apps I choose to use (in many ways Lene functions as my beta tester 🙂 – but the way I work, I do not really need that many apps, Blender, PhotoForge2, Diptic, Noir, PhotoCopier and ModernGrunge, they do the trick for me.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘IN LOQUENTES LOCUS’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Photocopier, ScratchCam
JC – How often do you update your existing apps?
JE – As soon as they are available.
Location, Location, Location…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘LAPIDEM IN FOCUS’ – Apps used – Photo forge 2, Diptic, Noir, Blender, Photocopier
JC – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?
JE – In the city, scrap yard or in the nature.
Tools Of The Trade…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘OSCULA’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Noir and Photocopier
JC – Do you also use mobile photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris?
JE – No.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘PAPILIONES ALAS’ – Apps used – Face Melter, Noir, Photoforge 2, Image Blender, Modern Grunge
JC – What are your favorite mobile photography apps currently?
JE – Referring to my answer above, at the moment my favorite apps are Noir, Blender, PhotoCopier, Diptic, PhotoForge2 and Modern Grunge.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘PLANETAE PISCES’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Photocopier
JC – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?
JE – I upload my work to Facebook, Flickr and IPA. I am also proud to have been chosen to get my work published at iPhoneogenic, LifeinLoFi and www.pixelatanexhibition.com.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘POPULUS, CIRCULI ET PLAGIS’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Rollage
JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?
JE – Mostly yes.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘PORTRAIT OF AN IPHONEOGRAPHER’ – Apps used – Image Blender
JC – What are your favorite subjects?
JE – Photo scraps (pieces that I use for my collages), minimal, nature and people.
Top Five Tips…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘SENTIO’ – Apps used – Noir, Image Blender, Modern Grunge
JC – What are you top five tips for mobile photography?
JE – Observe, shoot, read tutorials, look at the work of others and find your way.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘SERVARE IPS’ – Apps used – Noir, Image Blender, Photocopier, Modern Grunge
JC – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?
JE – I always edit on my iPhone4.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘SOMNIARE PER MEDIA’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Noir and Photocopier
JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?
JE – Yes, but only watching others work. I am an educated multimedia designer, so I do prefer to work in FinalCutPro.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘SOPHOS’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Iris, Modern Grunge
JC – What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?
JE – Street and nature.
Where In The World…?
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘STELLA NATUS’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Modern Grunge
JC – Do you think it is country specific, are some nations more “clued up”?
JE – No, I think this is an international movement, and will continue to be.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘THEATER OF LIFE’ – Apps used – Noir, Image Blender, Modern Grunge
JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?
JE – An even better camera and better battery capacity.
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘TIME PASSES’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Noir, Photocopier
JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com
JE – From our correspondence, I get the impression that Joanne, and with her, the www.appwhisperer.com is a platform committed to the scene.
Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Article…
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘TIMELESS’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Iris
Both Johnny and Lene are hosting an exhibition on August 3, 2012 at the above address in Norway. This is their first exhibition and is sure to be fabulous.
Contact Details For Johnny
Copyright image – Johnny Ecko – ‘TIMELINE’ – Apps used – Image Blender, Iris
Fantastic interview of an AWSOME artist! Congrats Johnny, & thanx Joanne!
Cara Gallardo Weil
Wonderful Johnny! I love your work!
Wonderful interview of one of my favorite artists! Loved it!