A Day In The Life Of Federica Corbelli – Interview – A Tremendously Naturally Creative and Talented Mobile Artist
Welcome to our very exciting column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take 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 our eightieth installment of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here. Today we are featuring Federica Corbelli (aka Lubaluft).
Federica was born in Genoa (Italy) and lives in Milan where she has been working for more than 11 years with an Information Technology company.
Federica explains more about her images and emotions below in her own words:
“Visceral amateur photographs of abandoned buildings.
In my photos I try to transfer the pain of passing things, the time inevitably changes the objects, scenarios. I take inspiration from urban decay, abandonment of architectural feelings and everything that tries to communicate with me.Voices are subtle noise, subtle color that my peripheral vision catches and that after some time emerge from my deep – a continuous search until their find”.
December Artist of the month on iPhoneArt
Image on Architectural Digest Spain for iPad version
Founder artist member of NEM – The New Era Museum
Some “daily pics” on P1xels
@Lubaluft on Instagram, Eye’em and Starmatic
You can find all the links to the apps used or mentioned 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.)
© Federica Corbelli – “Self Portrait” – Apps Used: Self Timer, Snapseed, and Pixlr-o-matic
First Things First…
© Federica Corbelli – “And There Was Silence In The Summer Light” – Apps Used: 6×6, Vintage, Snapseed, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
Federica – My day starts early with my favorite alarm music – Reincarnation by Kenji Kawai, a mix of choir singing wailing and lamenting. I think It’s my best soundtrack to start all of my day working. After having a light breakfast while watching my favorite websites I feed my cat Ubik, and I commute to work.
© Federica Corbelli – “What The Moon Brings” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Vintage, Snapseed, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
Federica – Milan, the city where I work, is a busy city so not unusually I find myself alone with in the car listening to music and shooting the unusual and inspiring things I encounter during my ride. I love early exploration indeed.
Photographer vs Mobile Photographer
© Federica Corbelli – “Umbra” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Elasticam, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhoneographer develop? (pardon the pun)
Federica – I think the evolution was pretty natural, I had this ‘eye’ in my hands and began to use it. It’s just my attitude to freeze things so they don’t go away.
© Federica Corbelli – “You Came In This World Alone” – Apps Used: 6×6, Pixlr-o-matic, and PhotoToaster
Joanne – Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?
Federica – I am quite conservative in many things and this applies to photography as well. Even if I am curious to see how things evolving in the field I usually rely on good old tools.
© Federica Corbelli – “Ego Queen” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Elasticam, and PhotoStudio
Joanne – How often do you update your existing apps?
Federica – Here technology helps a lot, whenever there is an update, I’m eager to update.
Location, Location, Location…
© Federica Corbelli – “Oxidised” – Apps Used: 6×6, Vintage, Snapseed, Pixlr-o-matic, ArtStudio, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?
Federica – May be my best place to shoot is inside me, so it’s just whenever the filter I have in myself is triggered by something, like a particular light, a place or a smell. No place is unusual and none is usual for me, every thing can be seen in many different ways.
Tools Of The Trade…
© Federica Corbelli – “Dinner Decadence” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Noir, FilterStorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you also use iPhoneography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris?
Federica – Really I didn’t know this app before a Google search.. TPE is very interesting in its kind, I think I’ll try it soon even if I much prefer to leave everything to the case.
Joanne – If so, do you use them to plan your shoot?
Federica – Probably the Weather apps are my best mates when I decide to plan my shoots. I live in a region where the weather is quite variable and often foggy with low light during winter months. Well, may be The Photographer’s Ephemeris could be useful.
© Federica Corbelli – “The Shunned House” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Vintage, Snapseed, and ScratchCam
Joanne – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?
Federica – I currently work well with a set of apps, Snapseed, Pixlromatic, Artstudio and Scratchcam. My shots instead are taken only with 6×6 app.
© Federica Corbelli – “Waiting ’til Midnight” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Elasticam, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?
Federica – Two years ago I started to post my pics on Instagram, and in parallel on Flickr which I was already using for my Dslr shots. Now there are a lot of places where to post but my favorites are IPA, Eyeem and P1xels. I still post on IG too, mostly out of habit.
© Federica Corbelli – “Intimate Friendship” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?
Federica – Yes, whenever something interesting catches my eyes, one of the good things about having an iPhone is that it is always at hand.
© Federica Corbelli – “Secret World” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – What are your favorite subjects?
Federica – The place I like best are the ones that convey to me a sense of decay, of passing time, I like it when time wipes away structures leaving just the rusty remains and memories.
© Federica Corbelli – “Winter Tale” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – How did the teaching side come along?
Federica – Simple there is no teaching: part of the game is learning by myself and it is challenging; obviously I learned a lot from other iPhonographers about creativity and about techniques and apps as well.
Top Five Tips…
© Federica Corbelli – “Imprisoned” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – What are you top five tips for iPhoneography?
Federica – I think good starting points are the shot, the angle, the light. These are the base of each photo, and in iPhonography I think they are not to be overlooked because the limitation of the lens of the iPhone. Another important thing is knowing how to use the apps at the best of their potential, focusing on the ones that we feel we know better.. Imagination, creativity and feeling are important to achieve a good result as well.
© Federica Corbelli – “Beyond The Sleep” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?
Federica – I always edit images on my iPhone, this has become my main enjoyment and seeing the results of processing made by a telephone, is satisfying to me.
© Federica Corbelli – “The Last Test” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?
Federica – Sometimes I like to shoot some short video using the 8mm app, clips from situation but then I haven’t time enough to put something together.
The Future of Mobile Photography…
© Federica Corbelli – “Trapped” – Apps Used: 6×6, Vintage, Snapseed, Pixlr-o-matic, ArtStudio, Rays, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Where do you see the future of iPhoneography?
Federica – iPhoneography is a wonderful tool for expression but can also be the key to extreme banality; I don’t know if this will have a lasting impact, it might end up as a temporary fashion as many others.
© Federica Corbelli – “If You Fall, You Fall Alone” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlromatic, Elasticam, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and Phototoaster
Joanne – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhoneography?
Federica – think it could be the Street photography, the iPhone is perfect to take pictures in all conditions and without being seen.
Where In the World?
© Federica Corbelli – “Feelings” – Apps Used: 6×6, Snapseed, Pixlr-o-matic, and ScratchCam
Joanne – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?
Federica – Probably is related to the diffusion of the iPhone, I don’t know. I have many iPhonographer friends from everywhere in the world.
© Federica Corbelli – “Time Must Have a Stop” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Elasticam, Snapseed, and Filterstorm
Joanne – What are your first impressions of the iPhone 5?
Federica – I’ll wait the next iPhone hoping for more innovation. For now I’m fine with my 4s.
© Federica Corbelli – “Afternoon Reminiscence” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Noir, FilterStorm, and ScratchCam
Joanne – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
Federica – It’s my habit go to see theappwhisperer.com for the accurate apps reviews and to look around. I think that is one of the best iphoneography sites indeed!
Links To All Apps Used Or Mentioned in This Interview
© Federica Corbelli – “A Home Cover Alone” – Apps Used: 6×6, Superimpose, Pixlr-o-matic, Elasticam, Snapseed, Filterstorm, and ScratchCam
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Great interview Joanne and Federica! Excellent choice of images and topics.
Thank you Davide!
Bravo! I’m such a huge fan and it was great to get an inside look at the artist behind the amazing images!
Thanks Janine! <3
Love your work! Congrats
Thank you so much Alon!
Big fan, so interesting! I love seeing so many images I’ve missed before too. I always thought you used a fish eye and or wide angle lens on your iPhone. Love how elasticam works for you. Amazing imagery really!
I forgot to say that usually use the Olloclip (as fisheye) lens in my shots as well!
Thank you again MaryJane!
Tracy Mitchell Griggs
Nice read and gallery – love the bear – does it have significance – especially ad you live and work in more urban settings?
Thank you Tracy!
Grazie Andre 🙂
Great interview, and fabulous photographs. Truly inspiring.
Great interview and fantastic images!
Thanks Federica for sharing with us, and thank you to Joanne for bringing us this great content.
Thank you Robert for your kind words!
I am such a fan! I really like how you make a gritty, cold image look so lovely. Thank you for sharing!