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Extension Of The I Interview With Geri Centonze – Sci-fi Sketch Card Artist Turned Mobile Photographer

Welcome to another new series of interviews and insights that we are running on theappwhisperer.com. 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 artists experience from their photography. No other mobile photography website reaches the depths and emotions of the mobile photographers as we do in this new series of interviews.

We think you’re going to enjoy this, a lot. Today, we are featuring Geri Centonze. We previously interviewed Geri in our A Day In The Life Series of Interviews, if you missed that, you can read it here.

Each image is titled with the apps used to create it in sequential order. You can find all the links the the apps mentioned at the end of this article.

Check out the full interview below.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘Extension Of The I’ section, just send an email to [email protected], and we’ll get it set up).


First Things First


© Geri Centonze – ‘At the Beach’ – ProCamera, Snapseed, Sketch Club


JC – How did you get started in photography?

GC – I purchased my first camera when I was in high school back in the 1970’s. I loved the candid images that a fellow student was taking for our school newspaper and purchased a Konica 35mm camera from J.C. Penney’s. It took me a year to pay it off in monthly payments! I followed my parents and dog wherever they went snapping one photo after another. I remember entering a sunset photo in a contest with the Los Angeles Times. I married, had two sons and although I owned that camera until 1990, it was used mainly for family photos.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Beach Hike’ – ProCamera, Painteresque, PS Express, A+ Signature


JC – Who and what are your influences?

GC – People are fascinating to me, so any chance I get I try and capture them going about their everyday lives. I find this much more interesting than a posed photograph. For four years I was a sci-fi sketch card artist, so when I can, I like to incorporate a painterly feel to my edited images.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Big Brother’ – ProCamera, Camera Flash, iColorama, Snapseed, Sketch Club


JC – What draws you to the subjects you seek?

GC – Half the fun of street photography is getting the image while staying undetected maybe it’s the challenge! I also capture images with the intent of seeing what I can do with them artistically later.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Costco Crew’ – ProCamera, Camera Flash, Dramatic Black & White, Sketch Club, PS Express, Snapseed


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

GC – The beauty in everyday life and in every person. Sometimes as I’m editing an image, it tells me a story and then I continue the edit along those lines.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Girl Talk’ – ProCamera, Snapseed, PS Express


JC – How did you ‘settle’ on this subject?

GC – As an artist, I’ve always been drawn to faces, so perhaps that has extended into my love of photographing people. But I don’t want to limit myself to just one subject or style. It’s all about experimenting and creating.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Joy’ – ProCamera, Simply Black & White, Snapseed, Sketch Club


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

GC – An area I’d like to explore would be to offer painterly portraits for sale to customers either using images I shoot or images they would provide for me.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Last Night of Summer’ – ProCamera, IrisPhotoSuite, AutoPainter2, Sketch Club


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

GC – Unfortunately, I’ve never had any schooling in photography, so I’m pretty ignorant in that area. I am drawn to gritty, black and white images. I will credit Karen L. Messick for getting me interested in the whole mobile art movement. I happened on her blog a few months ago. Her painterly images caught my eye and I’ve been hooked ever since. Although I purchased my iPhone in 2011 I didn’t start my iPhoneography journey until July of this year!

Street Photography


© Geri Centonze – ‘Phone Break’ – ProCamera, PhotoStudio FX, Magic Hour


JC – Henri Cartier-Bresson is in many ways, the Godfather of street photography, even in the 1930’s 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?

GC – Yes, discretion is key. Once someone is aware of the camera, their expression changes and they begin to pose. The fun is in the hunt for the right subject and then the capture of that perfect image. I’ve yet to capture a “perfect” one yet, but that’s what makes it a challenge!



© Geri Centonze – ‘Portrait of a Man in Sunglasses’ – ProCamera, Artist’s Touch, Sketch Club, Snapseed


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

GC – Intuition plays a big part in my life in general, so that naturally extends to my photography. My thought is that if I find it interesting perhaps others will as well.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Portrait of a Man Reading’ – ProCamera, Artist’s Touch, Iris Photo Suite, Snapseed


JC – How has your photography evolved?

GC – When I was younger I wasn’t bold enough to try my hand at street photography, so I limited myself to photographing landscapes, family and friends. With the invention of the iPhone, a long dormant passion has been rekindled. Its portability and size has allowed me to become more adventurous.

All For One


© Geri Centonze – ‘Santa Monica Beach’ – ProCamera, Vintique, Glaze, Image Blender, PS Express, PerfectPhoto


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?

GC – I do shoot for myself, but I also shoot to share with others. The friends I’ve met on Instagram, for example have been very supportive as well as being excellent teachers. Photographers seem to be a very sensitive group of souls and I’m humbled and honored to be among them!



© Geri Centonze – ‘She Pretended to be interested in the Tales of Their Day’ – ProCamera, Photo Power, Pixlr-o-matic


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

GC – Pushing boundaries in general is not my style, but I would like to expand my work with more fantasy pieces created by combining images.

Favorite Image


© Geri Centonze – ‘In times of trouble she turned her eyes toward heaven’ – ProCamera, BlurFX, Pixlromatic, Snapseed, Decim8, Sketch Club


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

GC – I really like a recent image of a woman I spotted at Ikea. As I began the edit, she looked more and more saintly to me and the caption for the completed piece reads, “In times of trouble she turned her eyes toward heaven.”

Emotional Involvement


© Geri Centonze – ‘Silhouette of a Woman’ – ProCamera, Pencil FX, Magic Hour


JC – Do you get emotionally involved with your photography?

GC – Very! My adrenaline begins to surge when I see a person or scene that I find compelling. My thought is, “will I be able to capture what I’m feeling through this photograph.”



© Geri Centonze – ‘Star Struck’ – ProCamera, Dramatic Black & White, Sketch Club, Process, PS Express, Snapseed


JC – Does your life become entwined with your subjects?

GC – I feel fortunate to have captured a random moment in their lives. Sometimes I wish I knew who they were so I could share it with them.

Post Production (processing)


© Geri Centonze – ‘Strolling Santa Monica’ – SlowShutter, Procamera, SketchClub, PS Express, Snapseed, A+ Signature


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

GC – I treat each image differently. Once I view it, an image begins to tell me something and the editing process goes forward from that point. The same thing used to happen to me when I was drawing sketch cards. People often commented that I captured not only the image but the soul of a person. That always touched me very deeply!

Tips For Processing


© Geri Centonze – ‘The Confidante’ – ProCamera, Snapseed


JC – Do you have any tips for processing?

GC – Become familiar with the apps you have and learn about their capabilities. Experiment and find combinations that you like. Ask other photographers about their process I find most are willing to share. Also record the apps you use so you can have a “recipe” for recreating a certain style.



© Geri Centonze – ‘The Reader’ – ProCamera, NoirPhoto, Dramatic Black & White, Simply HDR, Filterstorm, Blur FX


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

GC – I photograph everything with my iPhone 4S. I then transfer them using Photo Transfer App or DropBox to my iPad. I work on one image at a time until it’s completed and then it gets uploaded to Instagram or my blog and saved to my PC. All unedited photos stay on my iPad for future work.



© Geri Centonze – ‘Waiting Room’ – ProCamera, Snapseed


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

GC – With film cameras, I was always hesitant to shoot a lot of images because film and processing were expensive. Now with the digital age, you can shoot as many as you like and just sort through them later. Since owning an iPhone and purchasing the various apps, I’ve abandoned my DSLR and Photoshop edits. There are probably photographers who would never consider replacing their traditional camera for an iPhone, but it’s a natural evolution that I gladly welcome.

35 mm Film Days


© Geri Centonze – ‘Washing Machine Reflection’ – ProCamera, Simply Black & White, Sketch Club, Snapseed, Vintique


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

GC – No, I don’t for all of the reasons I mentioned above. I am eager to see what the future brings and what’s in store for the mobile art movement.

Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Article


Contact Details




@gericentonze -Instagram name

[email protected] – email address

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: [email protected]


  • Geri

    A surprise to wake up this morning and find that you published this interview. Thank you again Joanne for allowing me to share my work and words!

  • lissa

    t’s interesting to see someone going from film to completely digital. and I think since Geri knowing how to paint by hand, shows through in her digital work, there’s a human touch there underneath all the apps.

    I wouldn’t be so bold as to abandon my camera but I’m someone did. I would have like to see the original photo compare with the finalize version, just to see the differences. but overall, a great interview.