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Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Lisa Waddell

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 Lisa Waddell to tell us more about her image featured here. Waddell has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…


“Our outer face can hide several other faces that we have inside.”- Munia Khan

“Meet Delilah, the latest image in my mannequin series Under the Façade. Mannequin heads, supermodel perfect, commonly displayed the latest style of hair, hats and jewelry. Cast aside because of a crack or a chip; they were no longer acceptable. I have resurrected them as a new type of model for today’s “every” woman, with a more realistic face, highlighting those hard earned imperfections which can symbolize strength, courage, intelligence, common sense, resilience and thoughtfulness. I photograph these vintage, chipped and cracked heads at flea markets and antique malls.

This image started with my iPhone 7 Plus camera. I edited it using iColorama and Gloomlogue to reshape the face, particularly the mouth, and highlight the cracks and chips. I then applied a filter in Mextures which gave an overall highlight to her face but at the same time hiding the background a bit. All images in the series have been edited with these same apps but in a variety of ways so as to vary the looks.

Creating these images has been great fun and is my way of making a statement about the prejudice against women and the mistaken belief that the older we become the less useful we become”.

Photo ©Lisa Waddell art


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I totally love iPhone photography and specialise in flower and plant images. I love to tell a story with the flowers; many times giving them human characteristics as in the photo of the sunflower entitled Remorseful, mentioned in the A Day In the Life Of interview. I also like to create abstracts. Lisa Waddell works as a Special Educational Needs Teacher in Houston, Texas. Lisa lives with her husband, father-in-law and Sam, the cutest Boston Terrier ever created! Lisa’s work is extraordinary, botanical in a sense and also so mysterious and creative in other ways too. And, it’s not just the way she creates the image, it’s in the titles too. Each title has been so carefully chosen to match the image. When you read the title you learn a little more about the image.