We are delighted to bring to you the fourth in our brand new series of interviews within our Portrait of an Artist column entitled ‘Seeing through the eyes…’. This is a section that has been created by our wonderful Portrait of an Artist Editor, Ile Mont. Mont has been inspired by the life and works of Carolyn Hall Young, as so many of us have. Young was the main contributor to our Portrait of an Artist Flickr pool and filled it with portraits of so many wonderful people, not only of herself. It is for this reason that Mont wanted to create this section, to enable us to view the artists style through their own eyes. At the end of each interview, Mont will keep Young’s tradition alive, with a portrait of herself, seen through the eyes of the artist. In this case, you will see that at the end of this interview there is a portrait of Mont, seen through the eyes of Jane Schultz, what a gift!
Please continue to post your mobile portraiture to our dedicated Flickr group, that way, Mont will search through these artists first to interview. (foreword by Joanne Carter).
All images in this interview ©Jane Schultz and the final image is a collaboration ©Ile Mont/©Jane Schultz
Would you like to introduce yourself?
I am a predominantly self-taught mobile artist from Pennsylvania, USA..also a wife and a mom. My images have been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. I administer Edit from the Soul, a FB group, and @ig_artistry, an Instagram hub, which promote originality, creativity, and emotive art. I also teach iPhoneography and curate for the New Era Museum.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
It is an expression of the soul. The creative process forms a new and altered perception, and subtly changes the world around.
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
For me, it was one of those things that I looked back on and that is how it was.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Sometimes, I’ll tell you or my title or lyrical accompaniment will. In all cases, I believe there are three interpretations, what I know to be the meaning, what you believe to be the meaning, and what the apparent meaning of the piece is. What the viewer believes is what I have ultimately communicated.
What do you think are the ups and downs about working with your own image?
Some might say that you are limited by the subject matter, but I take so many photos that that is rarely the case. I see no downsides to my own work. The resulting image is one of my own creation, giving me satisfaction and the ability to show or sell it. Collaborations are a different matter, those can be inspiring as the subject matter is fresh and inspiring, friendships bring meaning, and the other artists can push you in different directions.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of?
A few stand out in my mind. I am most proud of my series. ‘The first, Study in Slow Shutter’, involves slow shutter imagery reconstructed by hand. ‘Robotic (pinned)‘, an award winning piece, comes from that series. Another, the series’ Alone Behind the Pane’ derives from hipstamatic portraits. The series is a political statement on today’s times, describing two personas, those that shut out reality to convince themselves and others who do it to survive. ‘See No Evil’ and ‘The Unraveling’ are a part of this series. I’m also proud of some new work that I’m working on now, where I am creating and recycling aspects of my work live for further digital work.
How do you know when a work is finished?
I used to think it was finished when I pushed the publish button..then when I polished it for print..but now I know that it may never be finished.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I believe a photograph should be adjusted and cropped at the outset, before creative work comes into play. I have learned, garbage in, garbage out. I also have some routines as to how I finish a piece, after it is essentially done. This involves clean up and running it through certain apps to make it look just so. Other than that, I don’t really have any. That would stifle my creativity.
What inspires you?
I am always inspired by the beauty in nature. I take hundreds of photos that I never use but love every minute of it.
What are your favourite tools and apps while creating?
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
Go to new places, experience new things. Go to museums or look through art blogs. The idea is not to copy but to be inspired. Re-approach an edit you put down a long time ago. Use your emotions to let loose on an image or, in contrast, find a peaceful place and open your mind to it.
What advice would you share with us?
Be yourself, and show yourself in your art.
It has been a thrill and an absolute pleasure to be able to see a little through the eyes of Jane but its a huge honor to have been seen through her eyes too.
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