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‘Brought To Light’ – Mobile Photography / Art Interview with M. Cecilia de são Thiago

Our ‘Brought to Light‘ interview section explores the mobile photographers and mobile artists behind their art. Each question has been carefully crafted and is designed to allow us to get to know them a little more intimately. To view others that we have published in this series, please go here.

Today we are featuring M. Cecilia de são Thiago currently living in Paris, she is an experienced photographer with a substantial vision that she hones to create her legendary style of mobile art. De Sao Thiago focuses on pushing the concept of streams of consciousness with an acute sense of self belief. The result is an impressive body of work that encapsulates multilayering of images that feel like part of a diorama, painting and film. It’s impossible to deny the importance of this work. It is engaging, visceral and immensely intuitive.

This body of work drew us to M. Cecilia de são Thiago, enjoy.


Describe a moment that changed your life

Most of the time we do not give great value to events that seem mundane to us but there are times in our lives when we have unique experiences.

I had so many moments that marked me enormously. Like the day I left Brazil for live in Germany, the day I broke my leg skiing there, the day I returned to Brazil after 6 years in such a cold country, the birth of my three daughters. But here I must specify a day as common as so many others, watching television, I saw a documentary about people who used the iPad as support for their paintings, I was then presented to IPA and iPhoneography and since then my days have been taken by this art movement.

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Describe a childhood photographic/art memory

Again, I could tell you so many things [ah, it’s true, alias “telling stories” is the theme of a new series of photographs I’ll start soon… surprise, surprise …] But I’ll stick with the days, or rather nights, I spent with my father enlarging his photographs. I should have had the height of the bench where the basin with the developer and other chemical baths were, and for me to see an image appear from a sheet of paper, after being immersed in a liquid, was and until today is, pure magic of the highest quality. This reminds me that I need to set up my lab again.

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Describe your mobile studio

Nowadays my studio is the more than 885 applications installed on my iPhone 7+ plus, 6+ and three iPads, all separated on screens by the colours of their icons. Since my life is governed by colours, this is for me, the best way to memorize where each App is… But as stated above, I intend to reactivate my photographic laboratory, to reveal and enlarge myself again.

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What do you like to think about whilst creating images?

One of the things that most appeals to me in my handiwork is to draw over the images on the iPad.

At the same time that I am creating new art, I let the thoughts flow. Thus, what could be a totally spontaneous and purposeless act, the creation for me, behind it lies an intense form of self-knowledge. Creating for me, is like starting a process of daily catharsis.

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Share one mobile photography/art tip

I think an edited photo can reveal more details and make the observer’s eye go directly to the point where I want it. Don’t get intimidated to Post-Process your Images and use at last four to five Apps to finalize one image. The reality is, you’ll need to process your images to get the best possible final result.

Snapseed + ArtStudio + iColorama + Brushstroke + DistressedFX are only the first steeps to match my creative vision.

And please, don’t ever forget to use the highest resolution possible on your camera phone.

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

Well as I said this TV documentary about iPhoneography, when I first heard about – and a Book I bought on September 5, 2013 [ I love how amazon stores our purchases ] The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone by Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald.

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

The most unlikely subject I have photographed has been walls, floors, woods , fabrics and any surface where I can find great textures to use as layers.

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What are your favourite mobile photography accessories?

My new DxO camera I won to Depth Effects competition on

The Olloclip lens and the extra charge of the Mophie Juice Pack.

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Describe your dream photography assignment

My dream photography assignment is always my future project. I mean, now it is a book of my work.

Or better, my dream photography assignment is the possibility to give a book of my work to Elton John, for his great photo collection. 😉

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What does mobile photography/art mean to you?

iPhoneography is one of the most fulfilling things I can do as a conscious and creative person.

Mobile photography/art means to me endless creativity.

With love ❤️ to Joanne Carter and TheAppWhisperer

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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]