Today, we are publishing our ninteenth interview in our new series, Hope in Adversity. One that’s based around art, artists and isolation during the midst of Covid-19. This interview is with award winning mobile photographer with Rob Pearson-Wright from London, UK. Pearson-Wright doesn’t mince his words, he tells us like it is and we’re all the better for it. Enjoy!
To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Fleur Schim, Fiona Christian, Peter Wilkin, Ile Mont, Lynette Sheppard, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago and Susan Latty, please follow this link
If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?
Yeah! This global pandemic has given us an unprecedented opportunity to chill the hell out for a bit. Those of us with camera rolls full of images to weed out have got a breather to have a look through the wheat and separate the chaff.
I’m going through images earmarked for an edit which were pushed back because of life, the universe and everything. Happy days. Admin being fun?! Who’d have thunk it!
If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?
As predominantly a street or documentary style photographer I’m pretty limited by lock down. I’ve gotta think a little differently if my usual suspects are people and that there is a bit of a vacuum of them at the moment.
There’s a lot more noticing detail shots and abstracts. Also going back through your camera roll and thinking that might go well with that is a more common inner monologue. Taking a punt on more artistic edits too. Not got a lot else on.
If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?
I’ve tried a couple of edits to shape in to a kind of film noir / pulp fiction book cover / comic book frame. It seems a cool way of storyboarding stories in my head.
Sometimes I forget the power of editing I’m capable of with a phone in my pocket. I mainly shoot what I see. I see so much in my feed that is so cool and creative and wish that I had the time to experiment and replicate these artists in order to forge an original path in to the ether. Guess I got that now! I’m firing a lot of apps up that I’d not used for a long while.
Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?
My social media feeds seem rich in new creative content. I’m catching up on things to read and watch. All these things will be tipped in to the mind blender for future creativity. Also reviewing previous images and culling them from the camera roll gives a certain satisfaction. Gives more time to think of how to edit the remaining choices and frees up space. Win win!
Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time specially, how and why?
There’s a bit of me that says yes and a bit of me that says that it’s what I try and do daily anyway, regardless of my perceived success rate. As my staple subjects are reduced and the ease of capturing subjects has diminished, I take solace in shooting whatever and trying to make a good fist of it right now. Time to practice, to refine, to reflect and revisit old pics and view them with time on your side.
Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?
Not personally but I see some things that do. More so I see levity and good natured posts that raise a smile. What have we got to fight about. For once we are truly in it together. Human and fellow human. Regardless of politics, race, creed, sex…etc. It’s great to see the creativity of people trying to continue creative life either through blogs, websites and other means.
Anything else you would personally like to add…
Stay safe all. You know the drill by now. Wash thy bits copiously in extremely warm water! Touch nothing!!! Even when you have touched nothing…wash thy bits!!!
Apart from that contact people you’ve meant to contact but haven’t, check in on that relative you’ve meant to for a bit. Yeah…you know. Stay home, Stay Safe, make the most of the lockdowns, we’ll be back to normal sometime. Stay in to make sure we get back to normal. Be creative and share. Peace out. Rob x
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