I made two galleries of Barbara’s work, twenty-four images each. You can find them here: September of 2013. The twelve images posted here are just a sampling from the two galleries. Great work going all the way back!
Where do you live?
San Diego, California, but plotting my escape.
What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
Mostly photographic. In school I predominately studied photography, painting and metal sculpture. I had a dry spell pre iPhone. Pre dry spell my tools of choice were pinhole cameras and toy cameras, but have used all formats of cameras and had a darkroom. My process was to set up tableaux or take printed photographs and layer things on top and shoot from above.
Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
CREATIVE ECSTASY—It was the juju that got me out of the dry spell. With the phone I could continue my previous photographic process intuitively with apps and not be bogged down with Photoshop technical frustrations and my dislike of digital cameras.
Were you active on Flickr as iPhone usage exploded? Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
I was on Facebook and Sarah Jarret, Karen Divine, Shirley Drevich and Clint Cline were the first artists I noticed who excelled in style and craft. They were inspirational.
What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
Early photographic influencers were, Ruth Thorne-Thompson, Jo Babcock, Holly Roberts, Ralph Meatyard, and Eikoh Hosoe. Everything inspires, but my biggest inspiration right now comes from nature and the human condition.
If you had to choose three creatures, real or imaginary, to be your personal totem pole, what would they be?
Cats or dogs?
How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
Not sure that ever happened. Ok, maybe a couple of times. I remember more nights not sleeping because I was apping.
What are your go-to apps?
Snapseed, iColorama, Image Blender, Juxtaposer & Stackables, etc. etc.
Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
I’d have to say it has impacted all aspects of my life from never having to say, damn I wish I had a camera with me, to art sales, commissions, worldwide exposure, global friends, what I see and my creativity.
Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
Yes, Knox, thanks to you: App that bitch until it sings.
A last word perhaps?
Amen…hallelujah…power on all my artists friends and thank you, Knox, for all you do. xx
Ah, shucks. :)
Barbara’s first picture published on Pixels was dated September 2, 2012. She has been a prolific contributor to the site ever since.
She was the first one to submit images for the galleries with which I am hoping to populate the missing months in prior years.
Thank you, Barbara.