Aldo Pacheco

Where do you live?
Born and raised in Peru, now I live in Toronto, ON. Canada

What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
I’m always into creating things and objects, I was doing a lot of drawings and writing short stories, and going back to working with metal creating one of a kind pieces of jewellery and starting working with torch fused glass.

Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
I was a short of curiosity, when the first iPhone came, my friends enjoyed the boom of discovering new apps that most of them didn’t do much. Then I got the iPhone 3GS and I discovered the camera and I thought there’s must be something about this little thing around, someone has to do it artistically and I started to search and one day I found Glyn Evans’ iphoneography.com, for me was a revelation!!!… I wasn’t alone and not crazy at all.

Were you active on Flickr as iPhone usage exploded? Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
When I started doing iphoneography I didn’t know anything about Flickr, until I started to filled with my creations, then I moved to Eyeem and reading Glyn’s posts. I learned more about sharing and posting and eventually Flickr and finally Pixels.

During my early days in iphoneography many artist got my attention, I can’t recall their names, but I remember checking their work on Pixels and Eyeem and trying to figure out how they can create such amazing images. Nowadays I admire the work of some friends and artist like Nettie Edwards (unbelievable atmospheres); Clint Cline, Cat Moris and James Clarke (three great abstract visions); Helen Breznik (love her selfies work) and Lisa Peters with whom we worked together in a project called “Cadavre Exquis”.. and the list can go longer, so I will stop here.

What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
Basically music from classical music to heavy metal, but there’s one singer that always got my attention and inspired me a lot, my friend Daniel F, iconic Peruvian rocker, besides him other Peruvian bands from the 60-70s like Belkins Laghonia or the Saicos.

Another source of inspiration could be Tolkien, Borges, Hesse, Garcia Marquez. Movies  specially the sarcastic view of Alex de la Iglesia; Painters like Diego Velazquez, Picasso, Rothko, the abstract view of Fernando de Szyzlo and Venancio Shinki, the depressive and oppressive view of Jose Tola or the twisted view of Humareda  and my list won’t be complete without my daughter’s imaginary drawings.

What are your go-to apps?
As the years passed, I reduced my hungry for apps and mainly I use Snapseed, iColorama, Superimpose, Retouch, Filterstorm and sometimes Mextures.

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

How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
Hundreds of times.

Cats or dogs?
Cats.

Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect? 
Well a lot, the iPhone had changed my way to see the world through that little lens and the apps, not only for photos but for music and noise creation. For me it has been a new way to express feelings and ideas using only images, letting the viewer to interpret your vision. I didn’t expect the addiction that was at the beginning.

Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
Yes, and I will try to translate it as close to the meaning in Spanish: “When the search for freedom becomes an obsession, madness can be a solid principle”

Did I forget to ask a question you would like to answer? Please ask it and then answer!
Why?…. why what???

A last word perhaps?
Look mum!! I got an interview!!
App your images until you can see your vision or feelings, not the app
It’s good to have Pixels back!!!..
Why?…. why what???

Thank you, Aldo.

I posted three galleries of Aldo’s images, from his Toy Town series, in December 2017. Below is a sampling from this wonderful series. I really enjoyed select seventy-two pictures out the the two hundred and forty he sent. I love them! Total old-school iPhoneography!

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