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Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Debara Splendorio from North Carolina, USA

A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.

In this ‘A Picture’s Worth’ today we asked Debara Splendorio to tell us more about her image featured, ‘The Amish Girl’, featured here.  Splendorio has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…


“I live in a small rural town in North Carolina. There is a New Order Amish community that lives nearby. Their authentic simple lifestyle holds a special fascination for me and I have always wanted to photograph the women, who value being ordinary. Recently, I attended a horse auction at the fairgrounds near my home. Amish women and their daughters were selling homemade bread, jams, jellies and pies. Being very private people, and not knowing if taking photographs where someone is recognisable would be disturbing, I was discreet. My hope was to capture an image that would convey the quality of being plain and ordinary. As I was leaving, I followed this young girl and snapped off the shot as she was walking into a barn.

“The Amish Girl” is exactly what I was hoping for…a horizontal shot where she is facing away from the camera and her placement isn’t front and center.  She is wearing a plain modest dress made from solid-coloured fabric with long sleeves, an apron is tied around her waist and her hair is worn in a bun and covered with a bonnet. The simplicity of the image seemed best served with a cyan textured look to reflect timelessness.

The photograph was taken on my iPhone 6S with the Camera + app. I used Snapseed to add cyan finish, grain and scratches. Distressed FX was used for texture”.

‘The Amish Girl’ ©Debara Splendorio


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