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‘Brought to Light’ – Mobile Photography / Art Interview with Gianluca Ricoveri

There are thousands of ways of making love, perhaps there’s only one way of making ‘art-love’. Art for Gianluca Ricoveri is the concrete embodiment of love, it is what lovers produce.  Ricoveri’s art is superbly accomplished, it fulfils and there’s something overwhelmingly spiritual about his work. It tugs us forward, yearning for more, suspended in passion with revelations to its hurricane climax.

This is our new interview section for mobile photographers and mobile artists and we hope to be filling it very soon with vast explosions of thought and imagery. These questions are designed to explore the artist behind the work, to get to know them a little more intimately.

We recently published our first ‘Brought to Light’ Interview with Andrea Bigiarini, Founder of the New Era Museum and FIPA Florence International Photography Awards as well as writer, author, Imagineer and digital artist, if you missed that, please go here. We then went on to publish an instinctively gifted artist, Ile Mont, if you missed that please go here. Further we published our interview with Roger Guetta, please see here and most recently Rad Drew, please go here to read that.


Describe a moment that changed your life

Certainly when I managed to retire and could finally devote myself to photography leaving behind time-related worries. Having the opportunity to go back and visit with no hurries the places of my own Tuscany that I wanted to shoot, where I passed so many times for work without having the time to stop, meant an unspeakable joy.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri



Describe a childhood photographic / art memory

I do not have a definite moment to recall since my whole childhood was always full of art. My father was a painter, so I always lived amongst canvases, brushes and oil paints. It comes to mind when I was 5 or 6, posing for my father while sitting on a chair. This is what brought me as a boy to painting and shooting photographs, always trying to integrate the two. I used to use many photos as a reference for my drawings and paintings. I also would intervene with painting techniques on my own photos. iPhoneography eventually allowed me to combine the two.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


Describe your Mobile studio

I now use an iPhone 6s and an iPad Pro. The apps I mainly use are Hipstamatic – I own all its packs even though I usually end up using only 3 or 4 – VividHDR, Fusion and 645PRO. For portraits I mainly use Tintype because it manages to make simple and immediate a technique that can be very complex if done through analogue means. I use Snapseed for the initial editing part, I love that app. Sometimes I use Leonardo, then move on to Stackables, Mextures and occasionally Pic Grunger.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


What do you like to think about whilst creating images?

I try to reproduce the feelings the picture gave me when I took the photograph. They’re not often easy to recreate, but I keep working on the photo until I reach what hit me originally and until I feel I am expressing the full potential of the image. I often leave the photo to settle, to get back to it after a day or two so it can show me different look and I can almost always find some things to fix or emphasise that I had overlooked in the first stage of the editing.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


Share one mobile photography/art tip

The same subject shot at different times, different hours of the day and using different apps can give unexpected results.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


What or who ignited your passion for mobile photography / art?

While on vacation in Sardinia, I happened to find the catalogue of a splendid exhibition by Roberto Murgia. Everything had been done with Hipstamatic. That find ignited something and I haven’t stopped since.

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What is the most unusual subject you have photographed / painted?

I have never done particularly strange things. The most unusual shots I did is a series of B&W photos done using a view camera , shooting reflections of trees in a swampy area of a park located near Pisa. I think that if you can look carefully you won’t need to find strange or exotic subjects to take pictures that have something to say; subjects are countless, even close to where you live, that if observed carefully can disclose all the beauty they hide.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


What are your favorite Mobile photography accessories?

I bought Moments’ Tele and Wide lenses. Sometimes I use especially the Wide because it has a good optical performance. I don’t use anything else.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Jeremy Irons.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


Do you have a favorite app?

A couple… Snapseed and Stackables.

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


Describe your dream Mobile photography / art assignment.

I’d love to make a book with my photos. That is a project I have in mind since quite a while now. I’ll have to get myself at work on that sooner or later.

I want thank you Joanne for your priceless work !!

Image – ©Gianluca Ricoveri


Gianluca Ricoveri was born in 1950 where he lives, he has always been devoted to the art of painting and photography experiencing the interaction of one genre with another one. In 2012 he discovered the iPhoneography which allows him to blend the different means of expression. He was given the opportunity of showing his own works in many personal exhibitions in Pisa, Lucca, Asuni,  San Gimignano and Florence at FIPA 2015. He has been chosen many times as “The artist of the day” in IPA and the picture of the day at P1xels. He received an honorable mention at AX3. His works has been selected for  43mm Issue 3 – International Mobile Exposee, for The exhibition at Exposure Mobile Photo, Ohio, for The Contest of The  Art Group The RUSH, in Praha, for the MPA Pocket Vistas, for The Markham Vineyards Gallery exhibition in St.Helena Ca, for the 2014 MPA, for Light Impression in Tour in Miami, had won The Landscape and Nature GoPix Awards. His works are in permanent exhibition at Mobile Digital Art & More Gallery, Boonton NJ.

He is a founder artist of The New Era Museum.His works has been featured in the most important sites and magazines of Mobile Photography.

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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 - 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: [email protected]