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2015 Mobile Photography Awards Results

I am beyond thrilled to receive an Honorable Mention in the Visual FX category of the 2015 Mobile Photography Awards for my photomontage “Mama Gaia.” Since it’s inception it has grown into the world’s largest mobile photography and art competition and touring exhibit. My congratulations to all winners and mentions! It is an honor to be among such amazing mobile artists.

To check out all the winners and mentions in all cetegories click here: 2015 Mobile Photography Awards.

iPhone Artist of the Day!

Home page of iPhoneArt.com on Saturday Feb. 25th with me as featured artist!

I opened my email this morning to find the following message from iPhoneArt.com:

“Dear tjthomas,

Congratulations! You have been selected as our iPhoneArtist of the day. Your work is currently being showcased on our home page at http://www.iPhoneArt.com.

We are honored to have you as a member of the fastest growing mobile art community online. As an IPA Artist of the Day, you will also be invited to help select our monthly awardee. You have been added to our Featured Artist section on our site. And with the upcoming release of our iPrints program, this will be the most visible place online for art buyers and the general public to find and purchase mobile art from the most talented artists in the field. Our mission is to enable artists to promote their work and generate income. We encourage you to also take advantage of all other sites, programs, and opportunities available for mobile artists. At IPA, the artists will always come first. We have big plans and we want you to be a part of them. Together we can rise much higher.

Warm Regards,


I am thrilled beyond words!

Floating on the Edge of my Imagination

"UFO Refueling Station" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: vintage cam, lenslight

A few evening’s ago, I decided to take a run along the deep water channel, which is now known as the “Barge Canal.” When I run, I carry my iPhone since it is loaded with this cool pedometer app that measures my overall mileage, elevation gain, average speed, average pace, etc. The perfect training tool for my running ventures.

The only problem I have with running along the canal is my desire to stop every half mile in order to take a photo with my iPhone. There’s just something about the Barge Canal and the Port in particular that captures my attention and my imagination.

While running, I stumbled across five short yellow posts that surrounded two large concrete circles with candy-cane shaped pipes on either end. This strange configuration of metal and cement sat in a clearing of dirt at the edge of a row of trees. This odd patch of color and geometric shapes simply begged for me to shoot it.

I am certain there is some logical engineering explanation for my find. Of course my creative mind immediately took the leap to UFO landing pad. So when I got home I had to add my interpretation of some mysterious craft hovering off in the treeline by way of the LensLight app.

"Lightning Rod" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: vintage cam, lenslight, grunge, filterstorm

Further up the trail sat a tall pole with multiple lights balanced on top with a fenced-in generator at its base. With no other light poles around, it seemed so out-of-place. I imagine it is used for lighting up the bank of the channel when one of the big ships come in to the port on the opposite side, but when I looked at its silhouette against the approaching stormy sky, all I could think about was lightning rods. Thus the addition of the lightning bolt via another app.

"Canal" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: dynamic light, grunge, PE studio

The canal is home to a number of rowers and scullers from local clubs and universities. Though there were no boats out this particular evening, with the sun low on the horizon, the treeline reflected beautifully in the undisturbed water. It reminded me of a bucolic landscape from long ago where one would expect a young couple with bonnet and top hat to be rowing along the bank with a picnic in tow. Thus the more sepia-toned processing to add a feeling of reminiscence.

"Fisherman" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: vintage cam, grunge, snapseed

Where there is water, there are usually fish. On my way back to my car, an older gentleman clambered up the bank just ahead of me. He was pulling a little cart that held a fishing pole, a net and some gear. I walked behind him for a bit until he stopped at a bench along the path to rest. As I passed, he smiled and nodded. When I asked him if he had caught anything he shrugged his shoulders and said “no fish” and “no English” with a thick Russian accent. I pointed to my iPhone and mimed the click of a shutter button with the raising of my eyebrows in question. He shook his head yes and stood for the photograph.

I imagined him sitting next to a fire on a frozen river in Russia while he dropped his line through a hole he had cut into the thick ice while his family sat bundled up in their small house waiting for him to come home with his catch after a long day of fishing near the Caspian Sea.

Losing My Marbles & The Port and The Moon

Since being bitten by the rabid iPhoneography bug and becoming obsessively swallowed up in the illness, I decided to open up a new category on this blog called “iPhoneography” as most of my other ramblings and musings may vary far and wide from the topic. It will be my goal to upload at least one new piece of iPhone art every few days along with the apps I chose to use just to keep my creative juices flowing. So today I am posting “Losing My Marbles” & “The Port and The Moon.”

“Losing My Marbles” was shot on a glass table with ProCamera and processed via a combination of effects in Dynamic Light, RainyDaze, Snapseed and Grunge.

“The Port and The Moon” was taken in the evening at the Port of Sacramento when the lighting was perfect, the water still and the reflection amazing. Snapped with ProCamera and processed via a combination of Snapseed, Grunge and Lenslight. Hint: If you haven’t guessed by now, the moon was not in the original photo ;-).

iPhoneography Addict

"Inner Workings" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: dynamic light, grunge, percolator, superimpose, photofx, Iris, photoforge

My name is Tracy J. Thomas and I am addicted to iPhoneography…

Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving up my “big girl” camera, especially since I just spent a whole shitload of money on my M.F.A. However there is just something so free and easy and yes a bit sexy about the act of whipping this compact piece of electronic gadgetry out of my pocket to snap a photo without wrestling with lens caps, light meters and aperture settings. In fact it’s more than sexy. It’s like being granted the freedom to run around without your clothes on only you aren’t confined to a nudist colony type of sexy. And it’s as addicting as any illicit drug.

Owning an iPhone does not a photographer make. So no, I am not worried that my future earnings as a professional will be quashed by a bunch of amateur iPhone slingers. There are still a whole lot of snapshot-like iPhone photos floating around in cyberspace even when shot with those cool apps like Hipstamatic or Instagram. I’m just as guilty as the rest for taking a whole toilet bowl full of Hipstamatic photographs with every available “lens” and “film” the moment my iPhone first arrived. But such is the learning curve of said beast.

"Groceries" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: snapseed, grunge, dynamic light

As time wore on and I became bored with the same old results from the same old “lenses” and “films,” I decided to Google iPhoneography and boy were my eyes happy with what they saw on these links. People were doing things with their iPhones that were comparable to the best Photoshop digital artists out there. I was basically blown away while highly motivated to understand how they were making such incredible art. It soon became apparent there was so much more to it than just your basic camera app.

The trick with all of these incredible artists beyond the obvious fact they have a strong eye for photography and some deeply rooted artistic talent, is they don’t simply stop with your basic camera app. In fact they bend and stretch and scratch and rip and tone and percolate and layer and enhance their photographs by using as many as a half-dozen apps or more for each piece. Now that takes vision. And planning. And of course the proper amount of memory in your iPhone to load said apps.

"The Light" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps: snapseed, photo fx, lenslight

Thus began my journey into app stacking in post processing of my iPhone images. This whole week has been all about experimenting with a plethora of apps and combinations. I took a vow to self to jump right in and get my hands dirty, to tweak and doodle and layer and mask in order to create a couple of moody iPhone photographs. Just the act of playing with my iPhone has begun to free up the artistic funk I found myself in last week when I wrote my last blog post.

I have already connected with an amazing group of iPhoneographers on iPhoneart.com and was even more pleased to find information on art galleries that have begun to exhibit iPhone photos. I have even begun to write and design a basic iPhoneography course that I hope to teach through my city’s community center and I also plan to set up an online course for a minimal fee within the next several months in order to spread the joy.

So excuse me for now. My iPhone is sitting here giving me a rather cold stare and I am twitching to get my hands on the WordFoto app I downloaded a few minutes ago.

You can keep an eye on the development of my new found obsession by visiting my iPhoneart gallery at: www.iphoneart.com/users/3704/galleries

"Rugged Coast" ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. App: hipstamatic