{interview & gallery} Paul Toussaint

There is only one Paul Toussaint! It’s been so much fun getting to know him over the years. He was the original break-out star of iPhoneography back in 2013. I’ve always loved his bold apping style, hyper-saturated, grungy, with touches of lyricism and humor throughout.

I just posted two galleries of his work in June of 2017. Be sure to check them out. Below, an interview and a selection of images.

As I was assembling and resizing images for the galleries, I wrote Paul and told him I couldn’t find his interview. He wrote back, “Can’t find my answers?  If they had hair around them you would find them.”

Herewith the interview:

Where do you live?
Northeast corner of Connecticut.

What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
I was photographing antique and Mexican sterling silver in NYC.

Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
Great question. I needed a new cell phone and and bought and iPhone 4. I started watching I noticed the quality of the images I could just snap at anytime and I photographed everything in my walking path then I found different apps and websites of people doing what I was doing. I never picked up my DSLR again my Nikon or my hassleblad

Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
Marie Mathews, Karen Divine, Craig Corbin.

What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
People you may not know but artists I met as a mailman when I delivered mail. Leonard Baskin, Elliot Offner, Jason Batenis.

What are your go-to apps?
Filterstorm, Snapseed, Photofx

If you had to choose three creatures, real or imaginary, to be your personal totem pole, what would they be?

Elizabeth Montgomery “Bewitched”

The flute from HR Puff and Stuff

Peter Pan

How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
OMG. Too many to count. I am addicted.

Cats or dogs?

Beatles, Stones, or Dylan?

Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
The quality of the camera blows my flipping mind. Outstanding!

Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
There’s an app for it.

If you could bring back some old apps no longer updates what would they be?
Scratchcam, scratchcam, scratchcam

A last word perhaps?
Bite me.

And now we’ve gone full-circle. Thank you, Paul!

T. Wendell Peek ~ Like a Mandarin

Hey partner, won’t you pass that reefer round?
My world is spinnin’ yeah,
just got to slow it down
Oh, yes you know I’ve sure got to slow it down.

Get so high this time that
you know I’ll never come down,
I’ll never come down.

I believe I’ll go out to the seashore,
let the waves wash my mind
Open up my head now just to
see what I can find
Oh, yes you know
I’m gonna see what I can find.

Just one more trip now,
they know I’ll stay high
All the time, all the time.

Yes, I’ll go out to the desert
just to try and find my past
Truth lives all around me
but it’s just beyond my grasp
Oh, yes you know it’s just beyond my grasp.

I’ll let the sand and the stars and the wind
Carry me back,
oh carry me back.


{gallery} Leon Williams ~ Cook Strait crossing, June 19, New Zealand.

Leon uploaded all of these DSLR->iOS pictures at once. I didn’t even notice in the activity feed that there were so many pictures. I just noticed a bunch great looking images in the media library on the back end of the site. So I decided to make a gallery of them, just in case I wasn’t the only one who missed them!

I hate to say it, but …

Sun King Big Saturday Night

This site, Pixels at an Exhibition, aka The Art of the iPhone, runs way faster on the Chrome browser than it does on Safari.

So, if you are using Safari, I highly recommend switching to Chrome.

Adam Mead ~ Lupine in the air. You were on my mind.

When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
And you were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I got wounds to bind
So I went to the corner
Just to ease my pains
Yeah, just to ease my pains
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I came home again
When I woke up this morning
You were on my mi-i-i-ind and
You were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I got wounds to bind
And I got a feelin’
Down in my sho-oo-oo-oes, said
Way down in my sho-oo-oes
Yeah, I got to ramble, whoa-oh
I got to move on, whoa-oh
I got to walk away my blues
When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
You were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I got wounds to bind

The Art of the iPhone

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