A Picture's Worth...,  Interviews

Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Bruce Barrett from New York, United States

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 Bruce Barrett from New York to tell us more about his image “Westmeadow Beach”.  Barrett has detailed his thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…

“I’ve been asked many times at what age I started making pictures. It’s an easy answer, as I began as a small boy. Although I wouldn’t use a camera regularly until I was a photojournalist in Viet Nam, I’ve always been making pictures.

I’ll sometimes recover images from my dreams and translate them as best I can into pictures.

Other times I will “see” a picture in my mind or find something visually stimulating that I will use.

The picture here was taken with an iPhone 6s Plus in late winter/early spring during one of my walks on the North Shore of Long Island, NY.  It was an overcast day, with some interesting cloud formations. At this time of year, it was quite empty and I decided to make a panoramic picture that would show the building, the clouds and the curving sweep of the fence on the right.

I knew I wanted more color in the building and in the clouds & sky and to add textural elements to the scene. My most used apps are Snapseed and iColorama, but for this, I also used Distressed FX.  I went from Snapseed to iColorama to Distressed FX and back to Snapseed to finish.  There were many versions and variations until I was satisfied—it just looked right to me and reflected what I had envisioned.

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“Westmeadow Beach” ©Bruce Barrett


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