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 eighty fifth installment of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here. Today we are featuring Maddy McCoy. Maddy is a mother, Historian and Professional Genealogist as well as a great iPhone photographer. Maddy takes and edits all her photos with an iPhone 4s. Her work has been featured on many of the weekly and monthly Flickr iPhoneography showcases, not least ours.
Her work has also been exhibited at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), the inaugural LA Mobile Arts Festival (LAMAF), The Overpass Gallery in Loano, Italy, The Lunch Box Gallery in Miami, Florida and most recently at The Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York.
Maddy received an Honorable Mention in the Landscape Category at the 2012 IPPA (iPhone Photography Awards) and three Honorable Mentions in the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards.
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© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Fan Series” – Apps Used: SlowShutter, MonoVu, ScratchCamFX, Camera Awesome
First Things First…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Woodbridge Car Lot” – Apps Used: 645Pro, Camera+
Joanne – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
Maddy – I have a 15 year-old son. My weekdays start by waking him up and then going back to his room to wake him up again. I drive him to school and pick him up at the end of the day, so I spend about three hours a day sitting in my car. We like to listen to NPR on the radio whilst we drive to school. After I drop him at school at about 9am, I’m off to whichever bit of Virginia history and genealogy that needs to be tended to that day. My weekend mornings are more relaxed. Oh, every morning includes a Very Large Latte. Very. Large.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Songs of the Street 6” – Apps Used: LomoraPro, Snapseed
Joanne – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?
Maddy – If I’m away somewhere I really enjoy heading out early to take pictures. But, when I’m at home, I’m a mom first and foremost.
Photographer vs. Mobile Photographer…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Return to Quince Orchard Colored School” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhone photographer develop? (pardon the pun)
Maddy – I was never a traditional photographer. I’m all iPhone, baby!
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Allyum” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, aremaC, Image Blender
Joanne – Do you like to download new iPhone photography apps regularly?
Maddy – I’ve slowed down a bit with all the downloading. I used to try out new apps all the time, now I’m more about quality than quantity. I love apps, I love reading about them, but I don’t feel the need to try everything out like I used to.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Teen Spirit 1” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – How often do you update your existing apps?
Maddy – Whenever there is a new update, I update! I look forward to updates. I love when Hipstamatic releases new films and lenses. As I write this, I am anxiously awaiting the release of Hiptsta 262 and the Silver Lake HipstaPak.
Location, Location, Location…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Prospect Hill Cemetery” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Snapseed
Joanne – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?
Maddy – I’m drawn to historic landscapes, historic homes and of course, cemeteries.
Tools Of The Trade…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Songs of the Street 5: In the Shadow of Congress” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob
Joanne – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographers Ephemeris? If so, do you use them to plan your shoot?
Maddy – I am not a light chaser. But, I am very organized individual when it comes to my work and my photography. I rely heavily on many apps that help me locate & record sites, plan routes, take notes directly on photos, etc..
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Brawner Farm” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Snapseed
Joanne – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhone photography apps?
Maddy – Hipstamatic (Tintype SnapPak is To Die For!), Snapseed, Iris (aka Laminar), Lo-Mob, ScratchCamFX, Alt Photo, Camera Awesome, DistressedFX, VintageFX, aremaC, Image Blender, MonoVu, LomoraPro, 645Pro, KitCam, TtVcamera, Vint B&W MII, Camera+
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Palms” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?
Maddy – Flickr, iPhoneart.com & EyeEm are my constants. Occasionally, I’ll upload to IG and I participate in several groups on Facebook. I’m currently trying out Backspaces. I’m The_Real_McCoy on all of these sites.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “The Boys of New York” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Snapseed
Joanne – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?
Maddy – Everyday.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Chinatown” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – What are your favorite subjects?
Maddy – I can and do shoot everything, but I’m always looking for a level of intimacy in the transaction.
Top Five Tips…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Empire Reflected” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – What are you top five tips for iPhone photography?
1. Trust your instincts.
2. Take chances.
3. Continue learning.
4. Create community.
5. Always tell your children that you love them.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Sk8er Boy” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?
Maddy – iPhone only.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “New York” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Snapseed
Joanne – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?
Maddy – After I completed my Fan Series, I pulled all the images together to create a kind of vintage filmstrip called – The Language of the Fan. I wanted to see movement and I really liked the results.
The Future of Mobile Photography…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Reflection at the Fort” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?
Maddy – The future is looking great for iPhone photography and mobile photography. I see more exhibitions, more gallery space, more collaboration, more innovation. And most importantly, more selling and collecting.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Language of Conflict: Manassas Battlefield” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic
Joanne – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhone photography?
Maddy – I see different realms, each important and interesting in it’s own regard. Street photography is very different from art iphoneography; but, I think the magic of this movement is that these realms are merging together, in turn forming a whole new way of looking at and interpreting our world.
Where In The World?
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “The Secret Wish” – Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Camera Awesome, DistressedFX, Image Blender
Joanne – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?
Maddy – Interesting question. I can’t say that any one nation or geographic region pops into my head.
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Songs of the Street 1” – Apps Used: LomoraPro, Flicker
Joanne – What are your first impressions of the iPhone 5?
Maddy – I currently use a 4s. I will upgrade to the next iPhone whenever that is released.
The App Whisperer…
© Maddy McCoy (The_Real_McCoy) – “Baptist Church” – Apps Used: Camera+, aremaC, Image Blender
Joanne – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
Maddy – I am grateful for a site that is so iphoneography-intensive yet interesting. I LEARN on theappwhisperer.com! Joanne is truly a kind (and Smart!) woman.