We are delighted to bring you the seventh in our brand new “Mobile Art and Photography that has Influenced Me” series of interviews at TheAppWhisperer. Within this series, we contact well established and highly regarded mobile photographers and artists and ask them a sequence of questions. Each one relates to mobile art and photography that has inveigled and continues to impact them, by other mobile artists throughout the world. Our seventh interview is with Alexis Rotella from the USA, enjoy!
In this interview, Rotella cites work by Rosalie Heller, Kate Zari Roberts, Gianluca Ricoveri, Barbara Nebel, Peter Zelei, Helen Breznik, Caravaggio, Teresa Lunt, Elena Shavlovska and Marc Chagall.
The image that is currently in the forefront of my mind
The image currently on my mind is by Rosalie Heller. Taken in Bagru Rajasthan, India, it brings out the beauty of grunge.
The image that changed my life
Kate Zari Robert’s dying irises changed the direction of my mobile photography. I fell in love at first sight with this image and began looking more deeply at the entire life cycle not only of flowers but all things.
The image I wish I had created
Gianluca’s ‘parrot tulips’ is a photo I wish I had captured. It contains the energy of the Tuscan landscape with its deep earthy tones. There is a genuine quality to all of Gianluca’s photographs.
Artwork that has influenced my art
Barbara Nebel’s exquisite roses open my heart. Her florals have influenced my life perhaps more than any other photographer.
The image that is most underrated
On September 4, 2018 when I was in charge of TheAppWhisperer Instagram takeover (@theappwhisperer), I chose Peter Zelei’s woman with red bucket because to me it represents the history of woman and how even after childbirth, women often have to clean up after everyone else. This photograph deserves a lot of attention.
The image that changed my mind
Helen Breznik’s art of the selfie changed my mind about working with my own image. It takes courage to create selfie art especially when one’s bones no longer hold up the musculature. I love Helen’s beautiful art.
The most recent image that made me sad
When I visited the Louvre as a 24-year-old, I burst into tears when I encountered Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin. I felt as though I was inside the painting. No one else around me was sobbing except for one woman behind me. We exchanged knowing looks.
The most recent image that made me smile
Teresa Lunt’s playful iPad drawings bring out the child in me. She is always pushing the envelope and offers free tutorials to anyone who is interested in learning her techniques.
My comfort images
An image that brings me comfort is this by Marc Chagall. I have always been attracted to his paintings only to realize in mid life that my maternal grandmother was from his birthplace, Vitebsk, Russia.
The image I would most like to give as a gift
If I could give the gift of light to a friend, it would be contained in this photo of Queen Anne’s lace by Elena Shavlovska (magic_marvels). This lovely piece was posted on Instagram with over 3,000 likes.’’
My earliest artistic memory
My earliest memory of a painting was of A Mother’s Prayer for her children. I was my little brother’s protector. My mother bought me a large print for a housewarming present and it will always be nearby.
Contact Details for Alexis Rotella
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