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Happy New Year!

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

Today I went on a long walk and reflected on what an amazing year this has been for me professionally. It has been filled full with exhibitions, publication and a ton of wonderful projects that kept me focused and moving forward with my life. There were of course some difficult times – you’ve heard the expression “starving artist” I’m sure – however, I used those times to focus on creating art which carried me right through to the brighter side. Art always does that for me.

May each one of you reflect on all you have accomplished during 2012 and have a wonderful and very happy New Year!!

Here are some highlights from my year:

Exhibitions in juried shows at:

The Lunch Box Gallery in Miami, Florida (2x’s)
LA Mobile Arts Festival in Santa Monica, CA
Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, SC
Nuovo Film Studio, Savano, Italy
The Overpass Gallery, Loano, Italy
Orange Gallery, Orlando, Florida
Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Gallery 1075, West Sacramento, CA (Solo show)

Featured Artist on the App Whisperer, Life in Lofi, Pixels, iPhoneOgenic, Mobile Photography Awards, and iPhoneography Central websites.

Artist of the Day at iPhoneart.com (3x’s)

Two-time featured documentary series on SocialDocumentary.net

Finalist in Digital Photo Pro Magazine’s Emerging Pro Photography Competition

Finalist in the Digital Arts: California “Wide Open Digital” Competition

My photography was featured in PhotoWorld Magazine – China, The Huffington Post, LAist, Lesnscratch, the Miami Herald, F-Stop Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltic News Network, The Daily Mail UK, and the West Sacramento Press.

I was published in the Seal Press Anthology “Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the stories that kept us small.”

I was added onto the teaching faculty at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

I was contracted by the Academy of Art University to write the “Business Practices and Principles for Photographers” course.

May 2013 be just as good or better for all!


LA Mobile Arts Festival Opening Night: Not just your mama’s snapshots…

This past Saturday, August 18th, was the opening night for the LA Mobile Arts Festival at the Santa Monica Arts Studio in Santa Monica, CA.

And what an epic opening night it was.

The entire evening brought a steady stream of art lovers and artists flowing through the 2,400 square foot Arena 1 Gallery housed inside a 22,000 square foot airplane hangar.

The exhibition was stellar and the gallery browsers appeared genuinely mesmerized by over 600 pieces of outstanding art created by 200 plus artists from 30 countries. The pieces were shot and edited entirely on iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices and are a far cry from your mama’s average mobile phone snapshot.

I was so honored to have six of my own pieces chosen for this show and humbled to have them displayed next to the stellar work of so many amazing artists. Some of the work in this show literally took my breath away.

Here is a video I created with photos and video I took during the opening gala on both my Canon 7D and my iPhone4 then edited in iMovie. This is a rough edit mind you, as I am getting ready to leave for Boston in a few days and wanted to get something up on the web before the show ends this Saturday the 25th.

This amazing event would not be at all possible without the founders of iPhoneArt.com and the LA Mobile Arts Festival, Nathaniel Parks and Daria Polichetti, plus the amazing LAMAF crew who worked so many tireless hours in preparation for this event.

Nathaniel is a “veteran visual effects editor with a stream of award-winning films to his credit. Park received his BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in film editing and sound design. Los Angeles-bound, he launched his career in film and TV production, editing main title and visual effects sequences, honing his sense of photography, storytelling and design on projects such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, Sherlock Holmes, Across the Universe, Seven Pounds, Superman Returns, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and others. Besides film, photography and technology, Park’s other passion is basketball. While recovering from a career-ending injury he discovered the wealth of creativity in the mobile art arena, drawing parallels between his visual FX work and the emerging medium. This discovery ultimately lead to cofounding the mobile art community IPA with his partner-in-crime, Daria Polichetti, though he continues to work with young NBA prospects, staying involved in the game.”

Daria is a “writer, illustrator and visual effects artist for the LA film industry. Polichetti received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was born in Afghanistan, grew up in Africa, India, Thailand and Hawaii, then settled in Los Angeles where she worked as a director of photography and VFX producer for feature films. She has produced visuals for works such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Tempest, Splice, Standard Operating Procedure, Iron Man, Valkyrie, Orphan, Masterpiece Theater, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Walk the Line, Sherlock Holmes, and the now-infamous Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, which earned a 2012 Tony Award nomination for best scenic design. In addition to cutting-edge mobile art, Polichetti also has a passion for glass-plate negatives from the early 1900s and comes from a multi-disciplinary background in large-format photography, painting, writing and book-binding. She is currently working on her first illustrated novel for young adults.”

Not only are these two individuals uber-talented; they are extremely genuine, caring, nice human beings. I was so happy to meet them in person and will be forever thankful to them for including me and my art in this amazing event.

If you are anywhere near Santa Monica over the next few days I implore you to take a trip to the Santa Monica Art Studios to take a long look at this cutting-edge display. Who knows… you may find yourself walking out with a piece to hang on your own wall in support of a starving artist or two.

I was fortunate enough to have two of my own pieces sell on the second day of the show and am so happy they have found a home with someone who will appreciate them as much as I do.


Excitement Builds for the LA Mobile Arts Festival

In a mere three days, the epic LA Mobile Arts Festival will kick off at the Santa Monica Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA. This is considered to be the largest brick and mortar exhibition of iPhone art ever created. There are over 600 works from some 200 artists who created that art in 30 different countries.

This show has been receiving an amazing amount of press: The Huffington Post, LA Times, CNET, LA Magazine, Good Day LA, KTLA’s Gayle Anderson and ABC News, MSNBC, Dig Magazine, Glo.com, ManJr. Digital media, Wire and MindshareLA, and WIRED Magazine have already done or are doing pieces on this show.

The founders of the festival, Daria Polichetti and Nathaniel Park, are also the founders of the popular online website iPhoneart.com. When I stumbled on their site back in January after I purchased my first iPhone, I was flabbergasted by the quality of artwork that was being created via this little rectangular piece of metal, glass and plastic.

How in the world was this possible? All on an iPhone???

Forever curious and up for any challenge, I began to purchase and experiment with a plethora of apps. Little did I know that my experimentation with the hopes of replicating something remotely similar to the fantastic art I was viewing, would ultimately rock my world.

I have been honored, amazed, absolutely blown away by the accolades and the opportunity to exhibit in galleries across the U.S. as well as outside the country during my short 8-month sojourn into the world of iPhoneography.

And now six of my pieces have landed in one of the biggest physical shows to date. I cannot even begin to describe my excitement for this event.

The LAMAF team unpacks and prepares to hang the show:

In so many ways I still feel like the quintessential virgin. I gaze longingly at some of the pieces that grace the websites created by fellow artists who have been around for several years now. I can only hope that my own art will take on that same quality of skill and depth as I move forward and continue to manipulate the pixels in hand.

And you had better believe that the iPhone5 and the iPad are both on my radar for the purchase in the coming year. I love my iPhone4, yet I can’t help but imagine the amazing possibilities this ever-changing technology will grant me in the near future.

Now it’s off to pack for a few days at the beach! And of course there will be lots of photos and video for those who can’t make this stellar event.