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Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Luis Rodriguez from Madrid, Spain

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 Luis Rodriguez, also known as Lrh Arquitecto to tell us more about his image featured.  Rodriguez has detailed his thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable…

“Thank you, Joanne, for your interest in my work. There are two styles that interest me, when it comes to talk about mobile photography: reflections and street photography. Both kind of shots are always taken outside, therefore, they could included in what some people would call “urban photography”.

As I have already explained in the first video I recorded for TheAppWhisperer, I love street photography. I love to capture the people that wander around the streets, especially their expressions, faces, and so on.

But there´s something else that interest me ever since I started on mobile photography: the reflection. I love to see the world reflected on different surfaces: water, glass façades, buses, cars, etc. They usually show us the world in a very different way as our eyes usually see it. The key to get a good reflection pic is to have a reflecting surface in the shade which reflects something lit by the sun light.

The picture I´m showing now was taken at the end of April, during a trip my wife and I did to Bilbao, in the north of Spain. As an architect, I was interested on visiting the building, which has a very interesting glass façades which produces lots of different reflections. I took advantage of a very clean car which reflected perfectly the façade. What attracted me most is the fact that there´s a double reflection in the picture, that is to say, the car´s metallic roof reflects the glass façade of the building which, at the same time, reflects the buildings in front of it.

It was taken on my Huawei P10 and only used Snapseed to edit it. The edit only pretends to enhance the colours and the light on the lit façade. Nothing else. I don´t like “heavy editing”. To me, it´s like using makeup on a picture. I usually say that “the edit won´t make a bad pic look like a good pic”. The original pic must be good enough, the edit just makes it slightly better.

I think that´s all. Thank you again, Joanne”.

Image ©Luis Rodriguez

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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]