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Constructing Reality Through Photomontage

  “Connected” – ©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.

My imagination has always been very vivid. As a child I used to create stories in my mind, spending a lot of time daydreaming and constructing a new reality that was far better than the one I lived. As an adult, that imaginative mind and story construction is most often expressed through my art. Photomontage work is one of my favorite ways to decompress and become lost in a world of my own making.
These two new pieces are my creations from the past two days. I shot the background in each image in Northern Idaho this past year and the Native American subjects are from a photo shoot I did at the Kootenai Pow Wow. All images in each piece were shot with my iPhone and combined and edited on my iPad. 
“The Blessing” – ©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.

New Era Museum Founder Artist

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I am more than honored to be a “Founder Artist” for the New Era Museum, along with an incredible group of artists. Based in Florence, Italy, NEM is the first virtual museum devoted solely to mobile photography, and is the brainchild of Andrea Bigiarini.

NEM’s mission: “Promote the creation of visual art on mobile devices, in order to spread a form of active thought, which will help to build a new era in society, a new culture, and free our artistic expression even further.”

Click on the photo below to view a listing of the Founder Artists and click on each name to view their amazing work.

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I was also fortunate to have “Illuminati” chosen for the “NEM Fantastic Flickr 8,” curated this week by Roger Guetta. Just click on the photo below to view on NEM.

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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.

Summer Photo Show

I am so very pleased to have four of my iPhone pieces chosen to be in the “Summer Photo Show” at The Lunch Box Gallery in Miami, Florida. The work of only fourteen artists was chosen to be in this show that begins August 11th and runs through October 6th. The show is a mixture of photographic styles including mixed-media, documentary and iPhoneography.

The four pieces chosen for this show are shown below.

“Rubber Band Man” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“Hitching a Ride on a Minnow to the Moon” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“I See You” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“Building a New Man” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

Here is an excerpt from the official press release:

“The Lunch Box Gallery is pleased to announce for the second year its group exhibition “Summer Photo Show 2012”, featuring the photography work of fourteen artists. The showcased pieces are a result of a call for entries oriented to national and international visual artists working in all styles of photography including any mixed-media art that utilized photography as one of its forms of expression. All photographic methods, formats, types and schools were welcomed.

In this show, The Lunch Box Gallery is exhibiting works of insightful conceptual ideals materialized through exceptional craftsmanship, which are intended to represent fascinating takes and points of view in photography nowadays. The thought behind the image of the artist is very important in this show, yet as important as the final visible result. The range of photography tendencies to be found in the show is vast: from conceptual and documentary photography, to narrative photography, photo-essay, iPhoneography and photo-collage; touching on topics like obsessive-compulsive tendencies, the demystification of the “happily ever after”, performative images that play with childhood materials to reflect on how they determine us, or the mistreated young Muay Thai boxers from a Bangkok slum. They all convey on representing an individual concept and a very particular way of externalizing it.

Photographers participating in the show include:

Sarah Tortora (Connecticut), John William Keedy (New York), Noah David Bau (Boston/Bangkok), Amy Leibrand (Ohio), Miranda Maynard (North Carolina), Lissette Schaeffler (Miami), Aimee Hertog (New Jersey), Dafna Steinberg (Washington DC), Ted Oonk (The Netherlands), Luisa Mesa (Miami), Troy Colby (Kansas), Ramesh Pithiya (Washington DC), Naimar Ramirez (Puerto Rico) and Tracy Thomas (California).

The “Summer Photo Show 2012” will be opened to the public on Saturday, August 11th from 5:00 – 10pm, at 310 NW 24th. St. Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood Art District) / Regular business hours Tuesday – Saturday 11:30-5pm or by appointment.”

So once again I am humbled and blown away by the wonderful reception my iPhoneography is receiving out in the “real” world. It is such a joyous means of expression for me and I absolutely love that others are finding pleasure in my work.

Tidbits of This and That

Just some general news and video shares today. My iPhoneography solo show is set to run August 8th through September 5th at Gallery 1075, 1075 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento, CA. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, August 9th from 5-7pm and all are invited if you are anywhere near the Sacramento region! I think it will be a fun introduction to iPhoneography for our local community.

I am very honored to be included in the following video along with some of the biggest names in iPhoneography. The video was created by Knox Bronson who is the curator for the site Pixels: The Art of the iPhone.

In 2010, I was the first of two recipients of the View of Farmlands Art & Ag Project public art grant in Yolo County. With the grant I was able to visit a number of local farms and create a photographic series that is currently on tour throughout the county. National Endowment of the Arts Chairman, Rocco Landesman, has stated the Art & Ag Project should serve as a model for the rest of the country. I had the pleasure of performing a video interview with Mr. Landesman when he paid a visit to YoloArts to learn more about the program.

The following video highlights the Art & Ag Project and you can view one of the pieces in my series at about 7:21. I am proud to have played a part in the beginning of this wonderful program that benefits both artists and farmers.

Carnival of the Bizarre

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Illuminati” – Apps used: vintage cam, camera+, perfectlyclr, juxtaposer, pixlromatic, scratchcam

Since beginning my journey in iPhoneography my work has taken a number of iterations. But no matter how far I stray, I always find myself gravitating back to the bizarre, the whimsical, the slightly humorous oddities that make you pause and go “Hmmmmmmmm…”

I have always been intrigued with anything that exists outside the box of “normal.” Not much of a surprise since my childhood was anything close to normal; but I think my inherent sense of curiosity is what drives my attraction towards things of the bizarre nature.

Life would seem oh so boring if everything were white-bread perfect, dressed in a pinafore and a pair of Mary Jane’s.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Asphyxia” – Apps used: vintage cam, camera+, perfeclyclr, juxtaposer, pixlromatic, scratchcam

When I was a kid, my imagination ran wild and I was constantly drawing up plans and building strange contraptions out of scraps of wood, springs, tin cans, rubber bands and basically any spare part I could get my hands on.

I was certain I could build a rubber band powered space machine that would launch me to the moon and even devised a plan to build an amusement park in my backyard out of cardboard and lumber. Most likely influenced by my affinity with Jules Verne, there was rarely a day when I wasn’t dreaming about my next gadget.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Tin Can Rabbit” – Apps used: vintage cam, perfectlyclr, camera+, juxtaposer, pixlromatic, scratchcam

Through some subconscious connection to my young, creative mind, the last few weeks have moved me towards a more Steampunk oriented phase of my whimsical photography. I am suddenly envisioning strange breathing apparatus, windup rabbits, mechanical x-ray eyewear and parasols that illuminate one’s path.

In ways I feel like I am creating my own Carnival of the Bizarre. Soon you might just find me standing on a street corner balancing a top hat and barking out an invitation for you to take a peek through the curtains at all the oddities I have created.

You can leave a penny in the tin cup…

Mobile Art Fanaticism

I fell into the world of mobile photography from a space of unbridled curiosity. I am a professional photographer by trade and have been shooting my work with DSLR cameras for many years now. All the sudden buzz around the abilities of the iPhone caused me to wonder.

In January of this year I decided it was time to dump my Motorola and upgrade to an iPhone. This was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I began to use the native iPhone camera app to take street photos and instantly loved the freedom it provided. I could whip out this little piece of metal and glass in a heartbeat, aim and shoot. Soon I found myself capturing moments I would surely have missed by the time I set everything I needed to set on my DSLR.

One thing led to another and I soon found myself mesmerized by the multitude of apps and the boundless editing possibilities they provided. Some for free, others for a mere buck or two.

I have not in any way traded my professional DSLR nor my aspirations to continue my documentary work for my quirky creations on the iPhone. I simply feel I have found another grand tool to add to my arsenal and am finding great pleasure in the discoveries.

There have been several wonderful websites and communities that have encouraged my sudden blooming of mobile art fanaticism. Here are a few of my recent humble accolades and a number of sites I feel are well worth a follow:

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Blue” – Apps used: vintage cam, filter mania, picture show, snapseed

“Blue” was recently chosen by the Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina to appear in the “Ways of Seeing: Phoneography” exhibit opening July 12th. This will be the fourth showing of my iPhoneography in a traditional gallery setting since I began my obsession in January, however this was quite an honor due to the gallery’s great reputation and the fact I have ancestral ties to this beautiful city. So if you are in or near the Charleston area, hop on by the gallery in July and take a gander at some wonderful work by a variety of amazing mobile artists. You can receive updates on exhibits by following @rebekahjacob on Twitter.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Deep Inside the Time Machine” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, camera+, pictureshow

“Deep Inside the Time Machine” was recently chosen by the Mobile Photography Awards for their Weekly Showcase (May 20th to June 6th). The Mobile Photography Awards is at the forefront of promoting mobile photography and helping it move to the next level in the art world. Their 2011 award winners have been on display at the Arthaus in San Francisco (the exhibit runs through the end of June) and were recently featured at the San Francisco Fine Art Fair. Both shows brought a ton of positive press and feedback. Several pieces have sold from this show and brought in over a thousand dollars each which speaks volumes to the acceptance of the medium by art collectors. Give a follow to @MobiPhotoAwards on Twitter.

Here is a news spot on the Arthaus show:

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “The Tenant” – Apps used: 645 pro, perfectlyclr, juxtaposer, pictureshow, scratchcam, modern grunge

“The Tenant” was recently chosen for The App Whisperer’s Jubilee Showcase. I adore the App Whisperer site. It is filled with invaluable information, interviews and tutorials by some outstanding mobile artists.

The individual behind The App Whisperer is founder Joanne Carter, no stranger to photography herself: “Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including DPreview.com, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging and Which? consumer magazine and ePhotozine.com.”

If you are not already following @TheAppWhisperer on Twitter then you are missing out on the party. There are currently over 17,000 followers.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “When Houses go to Heaven” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, filter mania, scratchcam

“When Houses Go To Heaven” was recently chosen as a favorite by the developers of the App “Scratchcam” as one of their Five faves on Flickr. This is one of my favorite go to apps for editing and I know it is also a favorite app of a plethora of other iPhone artists. This app consistently receives 5 stars and is an inexpensive $1.99 to download from the iTunes App store.

Give a follow to @ScratchCam and keep apprised on updates, contests and featured photos.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “The Day the Circus Came to Town” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, camera+, scratchcam

“The Day the Circus Came to Town” was recently chosen for Pixels: The Art of the iPhone. Pixels is one of my favorite sites to view fantastic art by some extraordinary iPhone artists. The online gallery is curated by Knox Bronson, who reviews one piece at a time and hand picks the pieces that will be shown.

I have been fortunate enough to have around twenty of my own quirkier pieces chosen for Pixels and was even honored with a “Pic of the Day” for “On Pointe.” (view here)

Make sure you follow Pixels on Flickr @P1xelation to be blown away by some beautiful art.

My favorite community of iPhone artists resides on the site iPhoneArt.com. Since I joined the site in January I have met the most outstanding community of artistic individuals who go out of their way to support, applaud and share their knowledge with each other.

I was blown away to receive Artist of the Day on two occasions already and am consistently honored by the feedback I have received by fellow artists on this site. I look forward to my daily visits there to peruse the incredible iPhone art and to applaud and encourage others in the community.

iPhoneArt.com and the Santa Monica Art Studios have recently joined forces to present The LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012. This is destined to be an exciting, cutting edge event that will certainly give awe to the masses. There is currently an open call for entries through July 15th at LA-MAF.com. You can also find out more by following @MobileArtFest and @iphoneartdotcom via Twitter.

That City by the Bay

I don’t normally do crowds too well. They make me nervous and anxious and grumpy and a little twitchy to the point I want to break out and make a run for the wide open spaces. But I find I can usually tolerate a massive sea of people when walking the streets of the City by the Bay.

San Francisco is one of the few cities where I feel completely comfortable. The sounds, the sights, the smells, even the people, inspire me.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “The Conductor” – Apps used: 645 pro, perfeclyclr, camera+, moku hanga.

[**”The Conductor” was recently featured on Pixels: The Art of the iPhone.]

I worked for several years in downtown San Francisco both on the waterfront in the Embarcadero and also in the Financial District. All I wanted to do at that time was get into the city and up to my office and then rush out of the city at the end of the day. I never took the time to wander back then. It was all about work and money and putting in lots of hours and I rarely slowed down to enjoy the pulse of this beautiful place.

When I started my M.F.A. program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco my work was completely focused on nature and wildlife and all quiet, peaceful open spaces far from the noise of cities. Several years before I had broken away from all the high stress insanity that was the technology industry and gravitated myself back to my two passions: photography and spending time in nature. Little did I know at the time my journey would come full circle.

Long story short, the focus of my thesis project was a documentary series on the homeless. This series brought me back into San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento, etc. for a period of three intense years of shooting. I was reconnecting with my family history, I was reconnecting with my personal past. Instead of running from my reality, I faced it head on.

During that time I learned to move with the rhythm of the city again. I began to visit the places my own family members had walked many years past. I found a new respect and love for the streets and the people it held. I learned a lot about myself as I wandered, wore out the soles of my shoes and found myself reflected in the lives and the faces of the homeless people that I would meet.

Yet during that time, I was focused once again on my work and I rarely took a moment to just enjoy what this place had to offer.

When I was in San Francisco last week for my M.F.A. graduation, I finally took some time to do the touristy thing. I made a point of riding the cable cars whenever I made my way to an event. I had not ridden a cable car for some 30 years. The first day I hopped on board I was mesmerized and felt the broadest smile cross over my face.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Chinatown” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, pictureshow, scratchcam, modern grunge

I made my way into Chinatown where I walked at the pace of its elders. I felt a sense of balance and ease as my eyes took in all the colors and historical spaces. My nose was filled with the aroma of a Chinese bakery and a Dim Sum restaurant preparing for lunch. I listened to the rhythm of the language and heard the voices of happy children playing in a school playground. I found myself mesmerized with this place and vowed to come back soon to spend more time shooting.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “The Tenant” – Apps used: 645 pro, perfectlyclr, juxtaposer, pictureshow, scratchcam, modern grunge.

As I continued to journey through parts of the city I had never before seen, I came across older dwellings where clothes flapped in the breeze from fire escapes and I felt myself move back in time to a simpler way of life. I imagined the history of each space and wondered about the people who had lived there.

[“The Tenant” was recently featured on Pixels: The Art of the iPhone and was chosen for The App Whisperer‘s Top 10 Special Jubilee Flickr Group Showcase]

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “The Race” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, picture show, scratchcam, pixlromatic, rainydaze

When riding the cable cars I was intrigued by the steep hills these train cars climbed and then crawled down. Along the way I saw a few brave souls attack those same steep hills on bicycles and even one on a skateboard. My imagination went wild and inside my mind I viewed a race down Nob Hill between a bike and a cable car so of course I had to create a piece called “The Race.”

[** “The Race” was recently featured on Pixels: The Art of the iPhone and made it into The App Whisperer‘s Top 10 Flickr Group Showcase]

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “I Left My Heart” – Apps used: 645 pro, perfectlyclr, juxtaposer, wood camera, pictureshow, scratchcam, modern grunge

I no longer work in San Francisco, my family members left there many decades ago and my thesis project was completed and presented last December. But I know I will head back into this wonderful city on a regular basis to photograph its people and its places. This particular city holds a piece of my heart and an important piece of my history and I still have a lot of wandering and discovering and creating left to do.

Hitching a Ride on a Minnow to the Moon

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Hitching a Ride on a Minnow to the Moon” – Apps used: 645 pro, juxtaposer, wood camera, filter mania, scratchcam, modern grunge

I truly believe all things are possible in this life. With a lot of hard work, focused goals and a steadfast belief in one’s passion, most anything is achievable.

It doesn’t matter which pile of crap you have been handed in this life. It doesn’t matter how ugly things have been at times. We each have the ability to shovel out the muck and create the life we deserve. Believe you can, and you will.

This past December I finished all the requirements to graduate with my Master’s of Fine Arts in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. This past Thursday I walked in the graduation ceremony held at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

This was not my first spin down the academic catwalk while donning that Darth Vader robe and mortorboard. It was my third.

My first time down that catwalk was 30 years ago when I received my Bachelor of Arts. On that particular day, I felt the happiest I had ever felt to that point. I had beat the odds after surviving a horrendous childhood that statistically should have landed me permanently on the streets either drinking, drugging or otherwise abusing my life away. I had earned what no one else in my family had earned: a college degree.

That first degree was not my magic ticket to success, but it definitely opened many doors for me that would most likely not have opened had I failed to stick with it.

M.A. graduation from University of San Francisco

My second spin on the catwalk occurred 15 years ago following a divorce and my constant struggle to provide for my son as a single mom. I was accepted into an accelerated Master of Arts program at the University of San Francisco. I somehow managed to work full-time, attend to my son who was born with special needs, and carry a full load of classes. After two years of extreme sleep deprivation, I received my degree and graduated with honors.

That was the second happiest moment of my life. I had once again beat the statistical odds of both single motherhood and an ugly past. I was beginning to believe the notion that all things are possible.

My M.A. definitely opened more doors for me and soon I found myself rising to the top of the computer software and internet industries. I was flown to countries I had never before flown. I was pampered in first class and stayed in hotel suites that were larger than my apartment at home. Soon I was able to buy a new car and a house on a lake. Vacations were suddenly possible and I was no longer worried about paying the bills and providing for my son. This new life was the opposite of the life I knew as a child.

That life continued until the crash of the technology industry in the year 2000. Stock was suddenly worth zero and pink slips were handed out like candy. I found myself walking out the door with a box in hand and a severance package with zero job prospects and a mortgage to pay.

Sometimes seemingly negative events can actually be the best thing to happen in one’s life. This layoff was my opportunity for re-evaluation and over the next year I was able to reconnect with my creative side and my passion for photography. Once I began to shoot again, I felt happier than I had ever felt in life. I took the plunge and sent in my portfolio to the Academy of Art and was accepted into their M.F.A. program.

After five intense years at the Academy, I made my final spin down the academic catwalk to receive my M.F.A and graduated Cum Laude. So many wonderful things have already occurred in the five months since I presented my thesis project. This degree finally feels like the most truthful, honest, from-the-soul and the depths of my passion piece of paper I have earned.

So where to now? Well why not hitch a ride on a minnow to the moon? There are no limits, only possibilities.

Holy Mackerel Batman!

This has been the best week in regard to the recognition of my iPhoneography. In addition to all the aforementioned humble accolades in my previous post for this week, I woke up this morning to find my new piece “If You Teach a Man to Fish” had been chosen by Pixels: The Art of the iPhone (here – click “Previous Entries” if it is no longer on the front page).

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “If You Teach a Man to Fish” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, wood camera, picture show, scratchcam, modern grunge

I was doubly surprised to find out I had been chosen “Artist of the Day” on iPhoneArt.com for the second time in a matter of months. You can see my work displayed on their home page here (today) or visit my iPhoneArt Gallery here if you are reading this after today.

An Ocean Full of Muses

In the psychological realm of dream interpretation, water is the harbinger of “emotion.” In the world of creativity, emotion is the motivator for the creation of meaningful art.

A “muse” is a person or object that provides creative inspiration to another. Whenever I wander along the shoreline, emotion makes its way to surface and I am transported into that deep creative mental space of artistic possibility.

I become embraced by an ocean full of muses.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Blue Tide” – Apps used: vintage cam, perfecly clr, wood camera, scratchcam, snapseed

As I walk in the soft sand, I find myself hypnotized by the waves lapping at the shoreline and am somehow transported to another, simpler time in life.

I breathe more deeply.

I walk a bit more slowly.

I feel embraced by this endless body of water.

I feel powerful and so peaceful at the same time.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Pathway to the Sea” – Apps used: vintage cam, perfectly clr, wood cam, scratchcam, lens light, modern grunge

From the North coast of California’s rocky formations formed over time by harsh winds and churning waves, to the white sands and azure blue waters of the Caribbean or Hawaii, I have been moved and touched by the oceans power quite often and with depth.

The ocean has been the place I have journeyed to when life became too stressful. It became my “safe place” in the midst of staring down my ugly childhood during therapy. It became my “happy place” when my son was young and I could sit for hours and watch him build castles in the sand and dodge the tide as it rolled onto shore. It has become my “creative space” in later life whenever I need to find my muse.

The following images are iPhoneography pieces I created after a recent trip to Northern California’s beautiful coast. The rocky shorelines found there are hypnotic and mysterious and have a way of conjuring mental images that at times exist outside the “norm.”

As I wandered those beautiful beaches, I found myself wondering about the people who have wandered there before me. I could of course peruse the historical photographic archives of the area in order to quell my curiosity, but why do that when I have such a vivid imagination?

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Rubber Band Man” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, perfectly clr, snapseed, wood camera, picture show, scratchcam

“Rubber Band Man” was featured on Pixels: The Art of the iPhone on May 19th. The pixels site can be viewed here. If you view this blog post after May 20th, you can do a search for “Tracy Thomas” and you will find the list of my images that have been featured on Pixels over the last several months.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “On Pointe” – Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, filter mania, picture show, scratchcam, modern grunge

“On Pointe” was chosen for Pixels: The Art of the iPhone on May 19th and was chosen as the “Pic of the Day” for Pixels this morning. You can view it here. (Again, just do a search for “Tracy Thomas” if you are reading this after May 20th).

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “An Elephant’s Kiss” – Apps used: 645 pro, juxtaposer, wood camera, scratchcam, photoforge2

“An Elephant’s Kiss” made it into The App Whisperer’s Top 10 Showcase this morning and can be seen here. This piece was also chosen as a feature on Pixels: The Art of the iPhone this morning, here (click on Previous Entries at bottom of the page if it is no longer on the first page).

More Humble Accolades

Just a quick post to show a few new iPhone photos and some links to recent accolades.

My piece “Drowning in a Speed Queen” was chosen as a featured photo for this week’s Life in Lofi: iPhoneography‘s Faved on Flickr Showcase (here). I was very happy to find myself in this mix. There are some amazing iPhone artists in this showcase and I feel humbled and honored to be included this time around.

“Drowning in a Speed Queen” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, picture show, filter mania

I have been very pleased to have several of my pieces chosen for Pixels: The Art of the iPhone site, curated by Knox Bronson, over the last few months including: “Drowning in a Speed Queen,” “Blue” (seen below), “Spare Pennies 4 Pizza” (below) and recent pieces “A Day at the Beach” (below), and “Grapes of Wrath” (also below). You can view the site here.

“Blue” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps used: vintage cam, filter mania, picture show, snapseed

“Spare Pennies 4 Pizza” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps used: 645 pro, snapseed, scratchcam

“A Day at the Beach” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps used: 645 pro, snapseed, picture show, scratchcam, filter mania, jazz

“Grapes of Wrath” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Apps used: 645 pro, perfectlyclr, pictureshow, photoforge2, scratchcam

For the month of August, my iPhoneography portfolio will be on exhibit at Gallery 1075 in West Sacramento. I am really looking forward to this show and am planning to include several QR codes that will launch step-by-step videos of how I created a few of my pieces. Ahhhhh, cutting edge technology – love it!

A Stranger at the Gate

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "A Stranger at the Gate" - Apps used: hipstamatic, juxtaposer, iquikdof, pictureshow

My whole life I have struggled with the presence of a stranger. A shadowy figure who lingers at the periphery of my existence. I have seen him in my dreams, this man without a face. Lurking… Watching… Waiting…

I never knew what he wanted exactly, but if it was fear he meant to instill, I felt it.

Hyper-vigilance as an adult is a reality for most who were victims of childhood abuse. Since trust becomes a big issue, every human encounter comes into question. I would wonder why that man on the street corner glanced at me a certain way. I was positive he meant to do me harm so I would cross the street in order to avoid him.

For many years I would double-check my blinds, pull the curtains tighter, glance into the back seat of my car before climbing in. A constant vigil of fear, bordering on paranoia, in order to protect myself from the lingering sense of danger.

It took many years for me to make the connection between that lurking stranger at the gate to the memories of my father. Eventually I realized I was still giving him power over my life by dwelling in the fear of what “might” happen.

I learned with the help of many wonderful, caring humans how to face my past and throw the ugly parts away. When the dirty memories would begin to creep in again, I would metaphorically throw them into the washing machine and cleanse them from my life.

Tomorrow is my birthday. Every year around this time that stranger has a way of creeping back into the shadows to pay me a visit. An ugly reminder that he played a role in the creation of my being. His unwanted DNA is intertwined with my own. But today I hold the power. He is no longer allowed to creep back into my life and cause me fear, not even on the day I was born. He did not earn that privilege, instead he lost it through his endless brutality and attempt to destroy my soul.

Today I am doing a little laundry. I will toss the dirty dregs into the machine, turn the scalding hot water on high and walk away with a smile.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Drowning in a Speed Queen" - Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, pictureshow, filter mania

Four Levels of Women

Just the other day I realized I have been so obsessed with creating iPhone art that I haven’t written any fiery musings about politics, strange religious movements, same-sex marriage, or even arrogant bastards in quite some time (yes, these are links to past blog posts if you are interested).

Since the political atmosphere of late seems to focus on all things related to women, I have decided to jump in on the conversation and use some of my iPhone art purely for illustrative purposes.

Women are of course as varied, unique and complicated as any other creature on this planet, but for today’s purposes, I plan to explore four levels of women.

The first being the “Geisha.” We have all of course been awe-struck by the beauty of the Geisha girl in movies and on television. However, the history of the Geisha is not so pretty. Though most were entertainers, poets and writers, the majority were held in slavery and many served as prostitutes. Their life was focused on one thing; to bring pleasure to men. They never spoke without being spoken to nor did they ever disobey a man.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Geisha" - Apps used: vintage cam, flowpaper, juxtaposer, filter mania, photoforge2

There seem to be many Geisha-like women existing in our country today. Most have been swept up into right-wing conservative or fundamental religions that preach antiquated doctrine which states the man is always ruler over a woman. And a “woman of God” is a subservient one.

Though these women are not physically bound by slavery, they are being held by the power of a belief system that appears to be picking and choosing verses exclusively for the benefit of men.

Not all women are subjects of religious tyranny. Some are simply silenced by the misogynistic men they have chosen to accompany through life.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "She Lost Her Head" - Apps used: camera+, juxtaposer, iris, pixlromatic, modern grunge

These are the women who have lost their own thoughts, their own voices, their own independence, after years of unending verbal and or physical abuse. These women become the doormats of overpowering male bastards who want nothing more than to dominate and control.

I feel sad for these women and I implore them to dig deep inside themselves and find a way to get out, now…

But there is one level of women these right-wing conservative control freaks and these misogynistic idiots, seem to be overlooking. These are the women who have had enough of the caveman-like attitudes who are attempting to keep them in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. These are the fired up, politically savvy, more than just pissed off multitudes who won’t sit quietly on the sidelines any longer. These are the women who fight on the front line, who use their voices loudly, who will cast countless votes against the barbarians whose desire is to squash their inimitable power.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "We Are Woman Hear Us Roar" - Apps used: vintage cam, pixlromatic, filter mania, photo studio

These are the glass ceiling breakers. These are the women who will rise up and vote. These are the women who will march en mass through the streets of our nation while making a very loud and angry noise. These are the women who will roar and make a difference for the future of their daughters.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Moon Angel" - Apps used: vintage cam, filter mania, art wings, snapseed, scratchcam, photoforge2

Many in this country have a decidedly sexist view of a strong woman. When a woman speaks her mind she is labelled a “bitch.” A man doing the same would be called “strong” or “admirable.” When a woman rises to the top in business or politics and raises a ruckus for the rights of other women she is labelled a “feminist.” When a man rises to the top in business or politics he is labelled a “success.”

This has to change. Women have been fighting this battle for far too long. But there is hope.

A strong, peaceful woman is a woman who always follows her convictions and states her mind without fear of being silenced by a man with control issues. Always believing in ourselves and the strength and beauty we have to offer this world is the attitude that will send us over the moon, forever rising up to the top to the place that was meant for us since the beginning of time.

It does not matter what kind of woman you are or at what level you currently exist. All women have the potential to be great women. Women of conscious, of great strength, of great and equal power.

A Bad Case of the Quirkies

I have been busy lately with all the important, responsible tasks one must attend to in order to run a viable business. For several days my brain has felt like mush and I began to develop a severe case of the antsy’s. My iPhone sat patiently next to my laptop while my hind end became numb from the hours at my keyboard.

Yesterday I reached the point where something just had to give so I went on a nice long run. While on that run I spied a beautiful grove of live oaks in the middle of a freshly plowed field. After my run I returned to the grove and took a couple of shots with my iPhone.

“Ahhhhhhhh…” deep sigh of relief. But once I was home and scrolled through the few snapshots I took, it all seemed so empty… I knew it was way past time to shake out all the cobwebs and start “puttin’ on my quirky” once again.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Where Puppies Fly" - Apps used: vintage cam, artwings, lenslight, juxtaposer, modern grunge, jazz

I have no explanation for how or why the neurons in my brain decide to fire in the way they do, but when these odd synapses occur, I am compelled to honor them.

This past weekend I happened to capture a quiet photo of one of our dogs sitting in the yard. So, the photo of the grove of oaks was graced with the presence of my dog who suddenly sprouted a pair of butterfly wings and multiplied into a whole herd who to took flight beneath a full moon. And “Where Puppies Fly” was born.

All this thanks to several great little iPhone apps: Juxtaposer (for the montage); Lenslight (for the full moon); Art Wings (for, well, the wings); Modern Grunge (for that hip, scratchy, grungy look); and Jazz (for some popping highlights).

Then there was this morning…

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Little Monsters in the Candy Store" - Apps used: 6x6, juxtaposer, blurfx, jazz

It started when I decided to shun all responsibility, grab my iPhone and do a walkabout through Old Sacramento this a.m. in search of some fun iPhoneography fodder.

There were hordes of elementary students touring the train museum and I just happened to walk by a candy store at the same time a whole classroom of 4th graders converged on the barrels of sugary sweetness.

For reasons beyond me, their teachers decided it was a good idea for this group of hyperactive, screaming and screeching urchins to buy a supply of cavity-inducing, attention deficit disorder petrol on their way back to the classroom. Hmmmm…

All judgment aside, I knew I just had to whip out my iPhone and snap this madness in progress. I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with it, but my gut told me to shoot away.

After leaving the candy store I made my way to “Evangeline’s,” a famous costume shop in the middle of Old Sac. I can wander through this store for hours taking shots of all the creepy goodness that is on display. When I made my way upstairs, to my delight I discovered a whole wall of rubber monster masks.

So I shot… and I had a quirky neural synapse… and I smiled.

When I got home I immediately set about merging the monster masks with the scene at the candy store. This was achieved with Juxtaposer, then I added a little blur effect with BlurFX and a bit of grunge with Jazz.

This piece became “Little Monsters in the Candy Store.” It’s not that I think children are inherently bad you see, but I believe we can all agree this white, granular American staple can at times turn our kids into unrecognizable little demons post sugar binge.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Danger! Diver Dan" - Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, modern grunge

Who remembers the television show “Diver Dan?” Yes, I am dating myself by admitting this, but I used to watch this show all the time as a wee little pup. For those of you too young or perhaps too age afflicted to remember, Diver Dan used to swim around in the ocean with an old-fashioned diving suit and helmet talking to the passing fish. There was a beautiful Mermaid named Miss Minerva and well, just see for yourself:

And you wonder why I have such a bad case of the quirkies. Yes, my childhood was filled with talking fish, flying monkeys and lions seeking courage. I have an excuse…

Anyways, as luck would have it, Evangeline’s just happened to have a mechanical diver fighting off a giant squid hanging in one of their entryways. Diver Dan swam immediately back into my memory so I whipped out my iPhone and brought him home.

What’s a diver without water? I took a shot of our backyard fountain and proceeded to merge the two shots in Juxtaposer then added a bit of grunge in Modern Grunge and a new episode called “Danger! Diver Dan” emerged.

I have a feeling my creative energy will dwell in this quirky state for the next few days. I still have a whole lot of photos left to edit and a lot of memories squeezing their way to the surface.

Brushing up on my Italian

It just keeps on getting better…

This little piece of metal, plastic and glass has begun to open up a plethora of doors in the art world, at nothing less than warp speed. Before I could utter the word “gigabyte,” my work was instantaneously transported to a gallery in Loano, Italy for a show titled “Physical Streams.” There were over 400 submissions from Europe, the United States, Canada and Asia. Fifty eight of us were lucky enough to be chosen by curator Alessandro Gimelli to be included in an eye grabbing iPhoneography mosaic display at the Overpass Gallery. The show runs through April 25th so if you happen to be in the country, stop on by and say “Cioa!” to Alessandro and peruse some amazing art.

"Physical Streams" mosaic consisting of 100 iPhoneography pieces, exhibited in the Overpass Gallery, Loano, Italy. April 1st through April 25th, 2012. Photo courtesy of Alessandro Gimelli.

These are my three pieces that were chosen to be in the exhibit:

"The Fisherman" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"UFO Refueling Station" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"Little Fishies" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

Mama’s Got a Brand New iPhone Art Website

For the sake of maintaining a professional division between my serious Documentary work and my more whimsical iPhone art, I have created a separate website for my iPhone pieces.

You can visit my new site, peruse my portfolio and even purchase prints by clicking on the screenshot below or by visiting www.tjthomas-iphoneart.com.

A Timelapse Video & MPA Gallery

The wonderful crew at the Lunch Box Gallery in Miami put together this fun time-lapse video of the opening night for the iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs show. I have two pieces exhibiting in this cutting edge group event, “UFO Refueling Station” and “Gelato” which can both be seen in previous posts on this blog. The show has been so successful it has been extended through May 7th. So if you are in Miami, swing on by the gallery in the Wynwood Art District.

I was also pleased to have my piece “No Diving” chosen as a featured photo in the Mobile Photography Awards Weekly Gallery. You can view it along with many other wonderful iPhone photos here: http://the-mpas.com/the-mpa-weekly-gallery-march-18-25/

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Time Flies" - Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, modern grunge

To top it all off, my piece “Time Flies” (above), was chosen as a featured photograph this week on the site Pixels: The Art of the iPhone curated by Knox Bronson. And I will be making my international debut this afternoon in the “Physical Streams” exhibit at the Overpass Gallery in Loano, Italy (more on that in a future blog post).

Who would have thought that this handheld piece of communication equipment they call an iPhone would lead to such wonderful surprises in the art world? If you had mentioned the possibility to me a year ago, I would have self-righteously laughed you out of the room with the belief nothing could compare to a professional DSLR for capturing stunning images. But what I have found, along with the multitude of more polished iPhoneographers out there, the iPhone is a wonderful and freeing tool that allows the hidden parts of your creative soul to make their way to the surface.

I love this new obsession! And I cannot wait to see where it leads…

If you would like to take a peek at my ever-building portfolio or even purchase a print or two, please feel free to visit my new iPhone art website by clicking here.

The Creature Series

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Little Fishies" - Apps used: juxtaposer, snapseed

Maybe it’s Spring Fever… Whatever it is, I am finding myself feeling very quirky and creative over the past few days. Too busy to get out and take photos in the “real” world, I find myself grabbing my iPhone first thing in the morning and searching my house high and low for some interesting little tidbit to shoot before my work day commences.

On Monday I stumbled across my bright orange wooden fish that sits on my nightstand. I decided this lonely fish needed to multiply and swim in a nice blue pool of water so I shot the fountain outside and created a montage by using the app Juxtaposer with final edits in Snapseed. It was very fun positioning the fish and I ended up with a 3-D like effect.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Turtle Love" - Apps used: vintage cam, autopainter II, lenslight, pictureshow

Tuesday was turtle day. I have always loved turtles, especially sea turtles, so I am blessed with multiple turtle gifts at every birthday and gift-giving holiday. I decided I needed to shoot one of these turtles to show my love. I used the Autopainter II app to get the pen and ink effect, then created a mirrored effect in Pictureshow with a few additional tweaks and edits in Lenslight. This resulted in what appears to be two turtles with a heart in the center. Of course I needed to title it “Turtle Love.”

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "It's Raining Frogs" - Apps used: vintage cam, juxtaposer, lenslight, modern grunge, iquikdof

Tree frogs are another love of mine. Today’s find were two ceramic tree frogs that grace the bookshelf in my office. We have had clouds and rain over the past week and for some odd reason I had a vision of umbrellas, clouds, the moon and tree frogs raining from the sky. I suppose it is a little bit Daliesque and perhaps he is the subconscious influence to my temporary insanity, however I enjoyed creating this piece more than most.

It started out with separate photographs of the cloudy sky, the two tree frogs and an umbrella. I carefully cut out the frogs and umbrella in Juxtaposer, arranged them on the cloudy sky background and multiplied and flipped and resized each element until I was happy with the visual. I then added a full moon in Lenslight and grunged it up a little bit in Modern Grunge. When I looked at the final result, I decided it needed one more thing, so I changed the DOF with a little blur in iQuikDof and voila! It’s Raining Frogs!

My iPhone Fantasy World

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Deep Space" - Apps used: vintage cam, snapseed, dynamic light, superimpose, modern grunge

As a child my fantasies took me far away to places that were much more pleasant than my sordid reality. I would daydream about beautiful meadows filled with rainbows and fairies, where children were safe to frolic and play. I would journey to the stars and explore other planets, meet the man in the moon and slide around the rings of Saturn. There were always castles and caves made of crystal, unicorns with rainbow-colored horns and little people who would hide under teacups and come out to play after sunset.

As an adult I moved far away from that magical mind and became somewhat of a “realist.” Thus my love of reading and writing non-fiction and my journey into the world of true-to-life documentary work. But lately, the imaginary mind of that child buried deep inside has been begging to come out and play. She hit the jackpot when I began to embrace the abilities of my iPhone.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "St. Paddy's Hats" - Apps used: dynamic light, autopainter II, lenslight, percolator, blender

I remember believing in leprechauns. Maybe it was the Lucky Charms cereal commercials that pulled me in or the whimsical stories my Irish grandmother used to tell me from a wee age. Whatever the cause, I remember crawling on my belly in the grass every St. Patrick’s Day in search of the elusive four-leaf clover and running through the fields on a chase for the end of the rainbow and that shiny pot of gold.

I was certain the leprechauns bunked down in little houses under rainbows not too far from where I lived and that one day I would finally stumble across the little buggers.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Leprechaun Land" - Apps used: autopainter II, lenslight, percolator, blender, superimpose, snapped, modern grunge, pixlromatic

No luck in catching them yet, however I have not given up hope… Now on to more important things like Mary Poppins and Neverland.

Oh Flow-Ree-Duh

Florida. The land of cruise ships, Disney World, space shuttles, hurricanes and ultra-bronzed retirees. Also the home of several contemporary, cutting-edge art galleries who are not afraid to take the leap and celebrate the phenomenon that is mobile photography. They embrace it as having a substantial and relevant impact on the contemporary art world.

I am pleased, well more like giddy with glee if I am being honest, to have three of my iPhone photographs included in two separate group gallery events for the month of March. The first, “Drive Thru,” was chosen for the Depixtions show at the Orange Gallery in Orlando, which opens March 10th.

"Drive Thur" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

Two additional images, “Gelato” and “UFO Refueling Station” have just been chosen to hang in the group show iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs at The Lunchbox Gallery, Miami in the Wynwood Art District. This show opens March 8th and runs through April 7th.

"Gelato" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"UFO Refueling Station" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

These little successes are definitely motivating me to get out there more to continue my personal dialog via the use of this wonderfully freeing tool that is my iPhone.

Got Soup?

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Eye See" Apps: vintage cam, snapseed, modern grunge, pictureshow. This is kind of how I feel right now.

I am coming down with that darned cold that seems to be visiting everyone I know. Rumbling bronchial cough, nasal congestion, general malaise and a grumpy attitude to go with it. I despise being sick but I realize sometimes it is just my body telling me to slow down and take a little break.

I remember all the Campbell’s Soups commercials and ads when I was young. You know, back in the day when everything was just 10 cents a can and those cans were packed full with noodles. The ads featured that plump, golden-haired girl who said “mmmmm, mmmmmm, good!” as she extended her tray of hot soup in your direction.

Marketing genius? Perhaps, yes, during simpler days. It seemed to work for me as I do remember consuming multiple cans of Campbell’s chicken noodle whenever I caught a cold and it always seemed to make me feel so much better.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Got Soup?" Apps: snapseed, modern grunge, percolator

Maybe it was the fact no one was at home when I was tucked away shivering under the covers. My mom was the single money earner in our house and couldn’t miss any more days at work without pay. She would rush home on her lunch hour and fix up a big bowl of soup with saltine crackers, take my temperature, give me a few more aspirin and read me a story before she had to rush back to work. With my belly full of warm soup, I would then drift away into sleep for the rest of the afternoon.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "mmmm, mmmm, good!" Apps: vintage cam, snapseed, modern grunge, pictureshow

“Boo! I say to needless care
Which Campbell’s Soups will banish;
A daily share of this good fare
And half your troubles vanish.”

I think it’s time to wander off into the kitchen and heat up a can of that delicious soup…

Humility and Accolades

“We are our own worst enemy…”

My whole life I have struggled with the idea of self-worth. That struggle of course came out of being raised in the extremely dysfunctional home from which I came. For far too long I embraced the consistent, negative message that had been hammered into me from early childhood that I was “not good enough” and definitely “not deserving.”

Though there have been many times in my past where I received awards or honors for accomplishments, those instances always felt so incredibly surreal and I would not allow myself to become emotionally invested in the moment. Instead I would shrug my shoulders and chalk it up to “luck.” While those around me were celebrating for me, I would fall back into that negative self-talk that surmised I could have done it much better than I did.

Perfectionism… What a highly overrated, most definitely subjective, unnecessary waste of time and energy.

Fortunately, I have been able to face the self-worth issues head on during my “later” adult years and have finally begun to slay that dragon so to speak. The negative self-talk does continue to creep in on occasion, however now I am able to flush it out of my mind the minute it threatens by replacing it with positive words of self-love.

The past few weeks have been an incredible test of this journey for me. My photograph “Tower Bridge Sunrise” was gifted to Nippon Shokken by the Mayor of our city and made its way onto the pages of several local newspapers.

Photo courtesy: City of West Sacramento. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon presents "Tower Bridge Sunrise" to the Chairman of Nippon Shokken.

My series “View of Farmlands,” which I created after winning a public art commission supported by the Yolo County Arts Council and the James Irvine Foundation, is heading out on tour with a March 2nd launch at Gallery 1075.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Farm Labor" - Riverdog Farm, Guinda, CA. One from a series six from my "View of Farmlands" series.

My “Occupy Oakland” series is being featured on SocialDocumentary.net.

My series "Occupy Oakland" featured on SocialDocumentary.net

On Tuesday of this week, I was honored to meet and film an interview with Rocco Landesman, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he told me my “View of Farmlands” series was incredible and that I am a very talented photographer.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. Dani Thomas, Executive Director for YoloArts and Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Then Saturday morning, I received notice that I was chosen to be iPhone Photographer of the Day (out of thousands of artists) on iPhoneArt.com.

My iPhone art featured on the home page of iPhoneArt.com for Artist of the Day.

Today I am smiling widely and have a funny butterfly-like feeling in my belly. This tells me I am finally emotionally vested in these most recent accolades. So I am writing this post with what should have been the giddiness of a shy second grade girl who just received her first Brownie badge; the beaming smile of the 8th grade graduate who did so with honors; the overwhelming pride of the track athlete who just obliterated her half-mile league record; the beaming high school graduate who was the recipient of the largest college scholarship given out that night; and the excited college graduate who just earned her third degree.

This contented photographer and writer proudly embraces the quiet accomplishments of my past that I once so hastily dismissed, and is over the moon excited about my most recent accomplishments and accolades.

“I do deserve this!”… May the positive self-talk continue forever.

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!