Anybody who has been around P1xels for awhile knows that Maia holds a very special place in the history of the iphonic art movement, as well as in my life. We go a long way back. She was instrumental in the founding and development of this website and was deeply involved in all the shows we did in the first couple of years, and donated considerable amounts of time, energy, as well as money towards our early efforts in bringing this nascent medium out of the virtual into the real world. I, we, owe her a big acknowledgment and no small amount of gratitude for her many contributions to P1xels and therefore the greater iphoneographic community.
She is also an artist of the first caliber. (Click to see it here. Work backwards.)
It was her early work that led me to proposing the first gallery show of iPhone photography to Rae Douglass of the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley back in December of 2009, which led to everything that has happened since.
Her work has continued to evolve, as well as amaze yours truly, in the most mystifying manner.
Take this seagull picture, for example.
Maia knew exactly what she was doing with it as she worked on it. She told me she was down in Santa Cruz and this little guy landed near her on a storage box on a pier out over the water. He stayed there for some time. She took pictures. He calmly watched her work. She said she experienced a kind of communion with him as they spent time in the sun together.
Look at that amazing open face, his eye peering at her in the most non-judgmental manner, his noble beak. Look at the detail of feathering Maia has maintained, and that which she blurred.
Look at that shattered and shriveled little foot of his. Yet he stands unafraid on one foot, calm and serene.
Look at the water and the distant shore, blurred and faded perfectly, as well as Maia’s slight grunging and vignetting around the edges. I know she cleaned up the surface of the storage unit, but she left enough dirt or dung to keep it real. Same with holding the detail on the hinge.
Maia pays attention to every single pixel on her images. I’ve been trying to get her to release this picture to P1xels for months, but she wasn’t sure it was ready. Every artist working in any medium at all, not just iphonic art, would do well to emulate her discipline and craft. It is said that God is in the details and that is absolutely true. Except I think that oftimes Maia gets there first!
On another note, I want to tell you that I saw today the first stacks, i.e., interactive page-builds for our digital magazine for iOS, iPhotographer, we are launching next month from the designer. I was blown away. I wish I could share them, but I am forbidden.
That said, I often joke that if I had had any idea what I was getting into when I launched P1xels with Maia, I might have given the whole enterprise some serious thought. Everything that has happened since has been the result of that somewhat accidental and serendipitous beginning and I can relate strongly to Withnail’s protestations as to “going on holiday by mistake” as seen in this clip.
And below that clip, you will find a piece of music I wrote for Maia, Maia Dream 817: Koi Flashing, right as we launched the site in late 2009. It was a Christmas present of sorts and it was the last music I wrote for two years as P1xels took over my life. I’ve now released it as a single, having finally remixed and mastered it to my liking. Feel free to buy it and have it for your own. If I sell enough downloads, I’ll buy her an iPad.
Excerpt from Withnail & I (the best movie ever made)—“We’ve gone on holiday by mistake!”
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