I am currently shielding for twelve weeks and in my home, we have all had to make adaptions to adjust to this pandemic, although, at least, currently, we are all well. I’ve been recalling many of the good words our dear friend and talented artist Carolyn Hall Young shared with us, not least ‘in any given situation we can always choose, hope over fear‘ – let’s all choose hope.
I am aware there are many others also in a similar situation at the moment and I felt it would be a good idea to create an interview, reflecting these times with stunning imagery. This is a new series of interview with mobile photographers and artists discovering what they’re creating and how in these difficult times. Our thirteenth interview is with talented mobile photographer, Sukru Mehmet Omur originally from Turkey and now based in Paris, France. Omur trained and worked as a Doctor previously and offers his advice to all during this pandemic. 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, Ile Mont, Peter Wilkin 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?
Thank you Joanne for this interview on my difficult confined days. Yes, I will be doing my quarantine in my apartment for almost 4 to 6 weeks in hopefully good conditions. I have my smartphones to take macro photography and experimental photography. As I do collage I will also take photos of my collages and do some collage with my photos. I can work on my iPad with Procreate to create some mobile art work. As I have to stay at home I can take the opportunity to work a bit more on mobile photography and artistry. Manuela Matos created a new group on facebook called Em dias de quarentena. This means “On quarantine days” where we can share mobile works during those difficult days. I share a work or two a day in this group. Here are some examples:
If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?
Yes sure. As I have much more time and I go slowly, I think more and I work more precisely. I hope after this contagion, this pandemic, I will probably be more artistic than before.
If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?
I will be more courageous for trying things that I never tried, such as drawing. I intend to look at more tutorials than before. So that will help me to improve. I have the courage of sharing without any shame :)) my first procreate drawing in a Facebook group called Procreate Community: Learn // Draw // Share
Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?
As I listen to more music and read some poems that will help me to see in another way and give me some inspiration. We will see the results in two months if we are not sick or dead:))
Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time specially, how and why?
Sure it helps me. If not, I would go crazy because It’s impossible for me to pass all the time in front of the TV looking at movies.
Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?
We need that unity of peace for us, for the mobile community, for our nations and for the whole of the world. All we need is peace and love.
Anything else you would personally like to add…?
I want to advise everyone to keep to the safety instructions for the very deadly disease, especially stay at home. Senior in order not to be infected and the young people not to spread it.
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