Text by Paul J. Toussaint
I am fortunate to say that my iPhonic artwork is my passion. Honestly, traditional photography was my joy and my labor. With the development of the iPhone, I’ve completely embraced capturing life’s images once again. In the palm of my hand, I hold the most incredible technology which has enabled my artistic visual eye to develop tenfold. I see EVERYTHING as art.
During the past three years each one of my photographs have been taken, processed and completed with only the iPhone, and the images in my current portfolio surpass anything I’ve ever dreamed of producing. My iphonic images are an eclectic dream ranging from misty nature scenes to street life. However, I’ve learned how to take these seemingly normal scenes, give them perspective and apply my techniques that make any audience ask the questions, ‘Is this really a photograph, and how did you do that?’.
My first solo exhibit titled iScapes A Photographic Journey Through the iPhone was extremely successful considering both the audience and the unprecedented amount of images that were purchased. Established artists along with people who have never visited an art gallery in their lives came to my show. To add to my enthusiasm, numerous people requested a workshop to learn how to use the same technology that we both possess and I happily obliged. These adjunct workshops were a fantastic teaching experience to express how I study both lighting and texture, how to make an element ‘pop’, and how to evoke calm.
My images are printed on a range of mediums: wooden blocks, wooden plaques, aluminum grids, canvas, and fine art papers ranging in size from 5″x 5″ wooden squares, large 40″x48″ canvases, and 3’x3’ metal grids. Most fun was discovering that I could select any of these mediums for an image without losing any resolution.
When I graduated from photography school three decades ago, digital images were in the infant stages of development, and now with radical advancements, iphoneography has changed my vision and my life.
The advent of iphoneography completely transformed Toussaint’s photographic eye sending his complete body of work through a metamorphosis. With his expertise, any subject including: the morning waitress, the stance of a soldier, a reader on a bench, or a misty country backyard becomes an extraordinary work of fine art.
He is ranked one of the top iPhoneographers in the world and one of the most successful in the country. He was bestowed with the title of Mobile Master by Dan Marcolina as a featured iphoneographer in the iPad Application Mobile Masters Crossing the Threshold. This was released in January 2013 at MacWorld in San Francisco, where Toussaint shared his techniques.