Back to My Love – Mobile Photomontage

When I started out in mobile photography about five years ago now I found great joy in expressing my creative urges through constructed photographs, better known as photomontage. This was a 360 degree move away from the straight black and white street photography I had been shooting over a three-year period for my MFA thesis project in Documentary photography.

At the point when I picked up my first iPhone and began to shoot and play with photography apps, I had reached the emotional burnout phase in my thesis project. It was an intense study and all I wanted and needed to do after presenting and defending my thesis was to play and create quirky, beautiful pieces of art. In a sense it was art therapy in order to heal myself from the stress of my project. That phase continued for three years.

It was a great time in my life. My photomontage pieces were being exhibited in galleries across the globe and found their way onto the pages of mainstream publications, while many pieces sold and ended up in private collections. I felt free to create my own surreal, entertaining worlds which provided me with a temporary escape from reality and I was in awe and surprised at the response these pieces received.

It has now been a few years since I have spent any focused time on creating photomontage works. For the past two years I moved back towards straight photography again with some street, documentary, and macro work. Recently I felt moved to create another photomontage piece called “The Butterfly Effect” which was highlighted on this blog after I reviewed the Juxtaposer app. I decided on a whim to enter this piece in a call for art for the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Summit Exhibition that was going to be held in the prestigious Palo Alto Art Center.

Last month I received the news that “The Butterfly Effect” had been chosen as a finalist for the mDAC exhibition and would be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center through the month of August. I was thrilled. 

We attended the exhibition opening and had a great time soaking in all the amazing art created on iPhones and iPads. There are two categories of art on display. My piece is in the Mobile Photography Art category. The second category is Mobile Digital Painting for which I have a ton of respect. Below is a slideshow with some photographs of the event and a lot of the beautiful art created on mobile devices.

This latest experience has been a great motivator for me to create more photomontage pieces. I am currently working on a piece to enter for an upcoming exhibition that explores the imagery and concepts depicted by 14th century Surrealist Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Such a fun study!

About tracyth76

I am a professional photographer, obsessed iPhoneographer, freelance writer and website designer located in Northern, California. View all posts by tracyth76

5 responses to “Back to My Love – Mobile Photomontage

  • Matthew Pfau

    Hi Tracy, I really enjoy your photography. You have a very unique perspective that definitely stands out. I am going to enjoy seeing more of your work in the future.

  • Zach

    I agree with Matt. It has to be hard to make a splash in the photography world given how saturated everything is already.

  • William Earl Amis, Jr. III

    Yes, it may be hard to get noticed and really make something in the field you have a passion for, photography. Yet, you have inspired a vast number of us, with the quality being shared.

    The enthusiasm, can be felt through your words and pictures being shared. I must thank you and tell you how much I appreciate you.

    Since my last visit. I have agreed to volunteer with our church Production Ministry. I was assigned last Friday to camera 6. I made me value the courage it takes to have you work exposed to a vast number of people.

    You are remarkable and I love being able to share my renewed love for photography and all elements of video.

  • Sue Bride

    Congratulations on being chosen as a finalist for Butterfly effect and as a finalist for the Fascinating Landscape contest on Viewbug. Well deserved. Your photos are brilliant. I wasn’t familiar with Viewbug but I’ve just spent quite a while browsing and pinning photos.

  • Willena Flewelling

    Your photography is brilliant, Tracy! What you said about photomontage makes me think of fantasy in writing. I’ve tried making something totally new, or putting things together in the unique ways fantasy writers do — but the results are interesting.

    My brother is a photographer, and has been photographing the streets of Toronto since 1977. For a long time he photographed the changes in architecture and design of houses and stores over the decades. More recently he has been photographing others’ art, in the form of graffiti. Wow, there’s a lot of talent showing up on brick walls, in alleyways, and under bridges!

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