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 seventy ninth installment of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here. Today we are featuring Jun Yamaguchi also known as monowave.
Jun was born in Japan where he currently lives. As a child he loved to read books and draw pictures but before he knew it, he had stopped drawing or painting.
He then describes his life as ‘living in his own hell for nearly 40 years’, and after he felt release from it, he began to photograph and then to paint a few years ago. He suddenly decided that was what he wanted to do them and didn’t really know why. Around the same time he joined Flickr and has become acquainted with some great artists. And through Flickr he has sold a number of his works.
Jun is not formally trained but has worked with and continues to work relying on his intuition. He surmises that various things he had experienced while being in the “hell” are very helpful to his work.
You can learn more about Jun in the following interview below:
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.)
© Jun Yamaguchi (monowave)
First Things First…
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Back To The Good Future Days” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, ScratchCam FX, DXP and Snapseed
Joanne – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
Jun – I check my email box and read my favorite blogs and news sites while drinking Twining’s tea.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Walk In Forest” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, ScratchCam FX, DXP and Filterstorm
Joanne – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
Jun – No. I am an extremely lazy and slow person, so if possible, I want to do nothing in the morning. I hate mornings!!!
Photographer vs Mobile Photographer
© Jun Yamaguchi – “After Dark” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX,
Joanne – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhoneographer develop? (pardon the pun)
Jun – It was very easy to me, because I had not had experience with working seriously with such a traditional style. I had been believed firmly for a long time that I was not cut-out for the Art form of Photography, until I had iPod touch 4 with camera.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Beyond the Plateau of Thoughts” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?
Jun – Yes, but I’ve not done so lately, because I am very pleased with my existing apps and hold many projects to work with those great apps.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Salesman in Winter” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, ScratchCam FX, PictureShow and DXP
Joanne – How often do you update your existing apps?
Jun – This is an important question for many iPhoneographers. I learned that it’s very risky to update my favorite apps without any consideration and so I seldom update them. Some apps often changes their unique taste or functions too much with each every version.
Location, Location, Location…
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Pilgrimage” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?
Jun – I don’t have such a place. It has become my favorite place wherever I want to shoot, so to speak.
Tools Of The Trade…
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Standing Alone” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, ScratchCam FX, and PictureShow
Joanne – Do you also use iPhoneography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris?
Jun – To be honest to say, I didn’t know there were such apps.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Ukiyoe City” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, ScratchCam FX, DXP, Filterstorm and PictureShow
Joanne – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?
Jun – PhotoForge 2, ScratchCam FX, Pixlromatic, PictureShow, DXP and Snapseed, I especially like PhotoForge 2 and ScratchCam FX among them. They apps are fabulous and very useful, I always use PhotoForge 2 for making the base color tone and Scratch Cam FX for adding some noisy textures and adjusting the color.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Girl In The Library” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?
Jun – Flickr. At the moment I use only Flickr.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “When Your Dream Freezes” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, DXP, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?
June – No, but I edit everyday.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Vertigo” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam
Joanne – What are your favorite subjects?
Jun – A lonesome figure in landscape.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Man On Shore” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, ScratchCamFX and PictureShow
Joanne – How did the teaching side come along?
Jun – I had shared my way with someone in Flickr, the experiences just brought me something unhappy; I won’t do that again for a while.
Top Five Tips…
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Cover Girl 3” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – What are you top five tips for iPhoneography?
1. Finding my distinct style and color.
2. No compromise. Trying various ways over and over again till I get the best result.
3. Limiting the apps to use. Of course, I did so after trying various many apps.
4. Narrowing my theme down.
5. Finding some comfortable cafes to work in. I have found about ten.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Barefoot Party” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, ScratchCam FX, and DXP
Joanne – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?
Jun – I use two iPod touches, I do it all with using them. I’ve never done that on my Mac, I really love to do all my work with only my two iPod touches.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Breathe The Night” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?
Jun – Just a little. I made a few movies with Nexvio’s 8mm Vintage Camera app, the movies done nostalgically and I like much them.
The Future of Mobile Photography…
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Old Man At Dinner” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, ScratchCam FX, DXP and Snapseed
Joanne – Where do you see the future of iPhoneography?
Jun – This is a great question and also difficult to answer. I hope that someday the word “iPhoneography” will fade away and “iPhone” will be as just one equipment among the other cameras such as DSLR, Micro four thirds, compact digital camera, film camera, video cam, pinhole and toy camera.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “End Of Prison Time” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, PictureShow, ScratchCam FX, and Pixlr-o-matic
Joanne – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhoneography?
Jun – Street photo, landscape, portrait, montage and collage.
Where In the World?
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Starbucks” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, ScratchCam FX, and DXP
Joanne – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?
Jun – They are just along the tradition of Photography and have been common in the world.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Fading Into The Wind” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, Pixlr-o-matic, and ScratchCam FX
Joanne – What are your first impressions of the iPhone 5?
Jun – Sorry, I’ve never used an iPhone, I’ve used only an iPod touch. Speaking of iPod touch 5, I got it late last year, the whole performances are quite up than the old model, but I don’t like the display. It’s certainly very beautiful and has a good visibility, but too high contrast to get precise color. So I usually use iPod touch 5 for only shooting, when editing I use my old iPod touch 4.
© Jun Yamaguchi – “Night Sea” – Apps Used: Brushes, PhotoForge2, ScratchCam FX, and DXP
Joanne – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
Jun – It’s a really fantastic website with so many resources. I’m honored to have a chance to contribute to this great site and appreciate that Joanne has an interest in my work. By the way, how did you find my work, Joanne?