Welcome to our very exciting interview 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 and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 102nd installment of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.
Today we are featuring Alex Visage, Alex works as an Art-director of a beauty salon, he is also a stylist and make-up artist. In addition he’s also an illustrator and an iPhone photographer. Alex works at various fashion shows taking photos and doing make-up for the fashion industry. He also creates concepts for clothing catalogs and shop windows. Alex explains, ‘this is not just a job for me, I enjoy it very much. I have been taking photos since 2008, when the first iPhone appeared in my life’.
We couldn’t wait to find out more about Alex and invited him to take part in this interview. We think you will all enjoy this a lot, it’s full of fabulous insight, images and words.
Under each image you will find the title and a list of all the apps used, links to these apps are at the end of the article.
(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A Day in the Life of…’ section, send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get back to you.)
‘A Paris…’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Sketchbook
Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?
I usually start my day with a cup of coffee, reviewing emails and photos which I edited at night.
‘Ellen’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Handy Photo, Facetune
How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop? (Pardon the pun).
I started taking photos when I was at school. My father was fond of photography and I often helped him in his work. I learned how to make black-and-white photos and then printed these photos. It was amazing! Also when Polaroid was appeared in my life, it was something unreal! Then I also used to a digital cameras Canon, it was rather convenient . I always learn something new. When I learned how to be proficient with the professional camera Canon, I used Leica lenses on my 5D. I absolutely loved the feel they gave. I was learning Photoshop the same time including the method of retouching such as Dodge&Burn.
I have been taking photos on iPhone since 2008, when the first iPhone appeared in my life. Camera capabilities were modest in those days and I had to process photos on my computer. Nowadays, thanks to modern technology we have unlimited possibilities , so I can take pictures, immediately do post-processing on a gadget and then upload photos on the internet. I like to use apps for IOS. I enjoy working!
‘Eugene, Italy, Backstage’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Filterstorm, Tadaa SLR, VSCO Cam, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Facetune
Do you like to download new mobile photography apps regularly?
I like to download new mobile photography apps regularly . It gives me additional opportunities such as photo processing, texture, filters. I have 300 apps at the moment.
‘Femme D’automne’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Handy Photo
What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?
My preferred platform is Apple and only IOS! Apple has changed my life as an artist and a photographer. I am grateful to Steve Jobs and the Apple company. I can realize all my ideas using Apple anywhere in the world.
‘Intrigue’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Hipstamatic, Repix
Would you consider changing platforms and why?
I tried to use platforms as Windows and Android but they are not so convenient as Apple. I think that there are a lot of quality apps for IOS due to the fact that I always get good result.
‘Italy’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Snapseed, Photoshop Touch
How often do you update your existing apps?
I update my existing apps regularly. I believe that the developers are improving their products constantly.
‘Lady “Doir” – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Handy Photo
What are your favourite photography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new photo app?
My favourite photography apps are Snapseed, Photoshop Touch, Filterstorm, Repix, Mextures, PhotoForge, Image Blender,TouchRetouch, Distresses FX, iColorama, Photogene, Facetune, Handy Photo, Lens Light, Camera 360, Laminar Pro, VSCO Cam, Squaready, Superimpose, impression, Over. I use them more often now. Nevertheless I find more quality processing of photos in new programs.
‘Lady “No Name” III’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Mextures, Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Handy Photo
Where’s your favourite place to shoot and why?
I like many cities and countries although my favourite city is Paris. It is my inspiration. I love the atmosphere of this city. I plan to make a new series of photos of this wonderful city.
‘Lady “No Name” V – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch
What are your favorite photographic subjects and why?
I love taking photos of people. There are a lot of fates, sentiments, characters and emotions. Also I like taking photos of mannequins animating them in my photos when I make a special visual effect. When I travel I take a lot of photos of different streets and cities. I have a series of abstract and fantasy works.
‘Lady “No Name” VI – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch
Where do you like to upload your photographs to – Flickr, Instagram etc?
You can see these works in my gallery on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, EyeEm, IPA or in my magazine on Flipboard.
‘MiniWorld II’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Lensflare, TouchRetouch
Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?
I use my mobile phone every day to take images.
‘MiniWorld’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Lensflare, TouchRetouch
Do you like to use external hardware products with your mobile device for image and video capturing, such as lenses, tripods, external storage and battery packs? Please elaborate as much as possible.
Olloclip for me has opened up my capabilities. There are great lenses which make iPhones wider. I use the Olloclip 3-in-1, 4-in-1 and Telephoto. I think that you will see my new works which I make with Olloclip soon. I usually don’t use any tripods. If I have a long photographing session I usually use an external drive by Pewerocks Super Magicstick company. I can charge my iPhone twice due to this thing.
‘Olga’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Facetune, Repix, TouchRetouch
Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?
I only edit my photos on iPhone or iPad. I would like to show a high level of modern technology this way. I don’t use a laptop or computer when I make photo processing. This is the principle for me.
‘Sonya’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed,TouchRetouch)
Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc? Please elaborate if you can.
When I saw works by Paul Brown for the first time I was really impressed. He has changed my mind as a photographer. He is a teacher for me and one of the best photographers. Actually, there are a lot of talented and interesting works on The App Whisperer. I am collecting material for my future exhibition at the moment. Also I want to share my photos that is why I plan to publish my book.
‘Studio. Backstage II’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Snapseed
Do you also enjoy shooting videos with your mobile phone? If so, what do you do with them? Have you considered uploading them to our Mobile Movies Flickr group?
I shoot video very seldom. I prefer to make photos. This is the paradox but it seems that there is more dynamics in static photo than in video for me.
‘Studio. Backstage’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Snapseed
Where do you see the future of mobile photography?
In my view mobile photography become a professional in the future. It will be used in landscape photography, interviews, fashion advertisement etc. By the way, Nick Knight is the well known fashion photographer and he made wonderful foto shoot for DIESEL using only iPhone.
‘Studio’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Snapseed
What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?
I think the most popular area is the community of iphoneography on the internet. We can see them on Flickr, Facebook, EyeEm, Instagram, NEM, WiAM, AMPt, Pinterest etc. Also, the most popular community is on www.theappwhisperer.com
‘The Cat’s Cradle’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Hipstamatic, Photoshop Touch, Snapseed,TouchRetouch
Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?
I do not think so. There are many people who are interested in photos and make photos on mobile phones. Although not everyone knows about the community of iphoneography. It’s only a matter of time.
‘The Fashion Show’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed,TouchRetouch
If you could select a specification for a mobile smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?
The smartphone is a communicator for me which has useful and important features. It is very important to improve the photo camera. I expect developers to reduce digital noise and increase the lens speed.
‘The Girl and Balloon’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Hipstamatic, Photoshop Touch, Snapseed,TouchRetouch
What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?
Joanne is a very amazing and interesting person for me with pure taste. I can say this without any doubts. Thanks to Joanne and www.theappwhisperer.com the world of mobile photography is becoming wider. She could get together many talented and creative people from all over the world. Also, I am grateful to Joanne as I have become one of the best photographers in 2013 on The App Whisperer. It is an honor for me. I wish Joanne and www.theappwhisperer.com prosperity, development, new interesting ideas, photographers and photos.
Links to all apps used and mentioned in this interview
‘The White Rose’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Handy, Facetune
‘Tommy’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Hipstamatic, Snapseed
‘Violet Soul’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Sketchbook, Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch
‘When love is gone’ – ©Alex Visage – Apps used – Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, Repix, TouchRetouch, Handy, Facetune