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Mobile Photographer Interview – A Day In The Life With Jaime Ferreyros – One of the Great Pioneers of Mobile Photography

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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 104th installment of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.

Today we are featuring Jaime Ferreyros, Jaime was born in Lima, Peru and is an Emmy Award winning TV producer, and avid iPhoneographer. Jaime’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US and Europe, including the very first iPhoneography exhibits in the world at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, California.

Various newspapers have profiled his work, including the most influential iphoneography websites, magazines, calendars, books and book covers. Jaime has helped promote iphoneography in Miami, curating shows for the Artspace and The Lunch Box Gallery. His solo shows and exhibits during Art Basel Miami, have awaken the city’s interest for this new art form.

We couldn’t wait to find out more about Jaime 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.)


 

Jaime Ferreyros

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Artist Statement

‘I see through the lens of a camera whose limitations

Push my creativity to unknown shades of color, texture, blur

And noise…my world has been redefined’


 

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‘He left his smile behind’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – LoMob


Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

During the week I get up at 6:55 am to walk Ramona and then its Off to work. Weekends, I get up a bit later and religiously spend my mornings reading, walking or Listening to music at our beach.

 

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‘Out again’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – Hipstamatic


How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop? (Pardon the pun).

Pure luck. My wife gave me my first iPhone, a 3GS back in 2009. Until I saw some really cool photos by a friend of mine using FocalLab’s the zoom filter, I had no clue you could achieve so many moods and manipulate your images on the iPhone. My world change from then on.

 

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‘Made in Japan’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltshiftGen, Hipstamatic

 

Do you like to download new mobile photography apps regularly?

I used to at the beginning, now I have found a style that I like and don’t feel the need download apps on a regular basis.

 

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‘When the Saints go Marching In’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TitlshiftGen, Cameramatic

 

What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?

Apple iOS

 

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‘Shame on You’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – PicGrunger, ShakeitPhoto

 

Would you consider changing platforms and why?

No need to change.

 

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‘Pool Party’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltShiftGen

 

How often do you update your existing apps?

I update more less regularly

 

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‘Cafe Y Cigarro’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – PicGrunger, Hipstamatic

 

What are your favourite photography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new photo app?

I really like combining TiltshiftGen and Cameramatic, it gives my images the nostalgic mood I look for.

 

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‘Never Neverland’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltShiftGen, ScratchCam

 

Where’s your favourite place to shoot and why?

I don’t have a favorite place to shoot but because I live right by the beach, many of my shots come from there.

 

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‘Memory Lane’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – LoMob, Slowshutter

 

What are your favorite photographic subjects and why?

Anything that catches my eye interests me, nothing in particular. Back in the 80’s when I went to Art school in New York City, I loved black and white street photography. I took photography classes and developed a portfolio. I feel my beach shots are in some ways reminiscent of that style. The device of course has changed, but my eye has not.

 

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‘Destination Unknown’ = ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – Focallab, Camerabag

 

Where do you like to upload your photographs to – Flickr, Instagram etc?

Flickr

 

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‘The World’s A Stage’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – Cameramatic, BlurFX

 

Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?

I don’t use it everyday, regularly I would say.

 

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‘Look Me In The Eyes’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – Hipstamatic, LoMob

 

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.

I was lucky to be part of a group of iphoneographers who without knowing what we were starting, began this whole movement. Back then we all embraced the challenge of taking photos with a very limited camera and making then look exciting. It was just us and a very crappy camera, no extra gadgets or worries about megapixels. I still fee this is part of the beauty of iphoneography, working against the limitations of the device.

 

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‘Alejandra’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – PicGrunger, BlurFX, Diptic

 

Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?

iPhoneography is the art of taking pictures and editing them on your iPhone, and that’s what I do.

 

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‘Windy City’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltShiftGen, PicGrunger

 

Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc? Please elaborate if you can.

I started taking pictures and editing them on my iPhone for myself for no other reason. I am still surprised to see my Work being exhibited in galleries around the world, Including Three editions of Art Basel-Miami.

 

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‘Machismo’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – Cameramatic

 

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 love foreign films, but have no intention of shooting movies with my iPhone.

 

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‘Day of the Mermaid’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – Pixlromatic

 

Where do you see the future of mobile photography?

Instagram and overexposure can kill the mobile movement on a professional level. If galleries and museums see that pretty much everybody’s work is being awarded with “Picture of the day” or whatever it may be, I don’t think they will take this art form seriously. We need to be more exclusive with our work.

 

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‘Take me out to the ball game’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltShiftGen, Cameramatic

 

What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?

I think Mobile photography is big in the US, Europe and Asia. South America is starting to open their eyes to it.

 

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‘El Loro’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltshiftGen, PicGrunger

 

Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

Some nations are much more involved thanks to it’s pioneers.

 

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‘Lucky Strike’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – BlurFX, Pixlromatic

 

If you could select a specification for a mobile smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?

I just go with the flow and embrace any limitations the medium has, that was the whole point from the very beginning.

 

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‘Yesterday is gone’ – ©Jaime Ferreyros – Apps Used – TiltshiftGen, PicGrunger

 

What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

Joanne, I salute your effort and thank the opportunity you have given me to share my thoughts with your fans.

 

By Joanne Carter

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: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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