Where do you live?
Currently I live in Glendale, California about 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
Before having my iPhone I was taking photos but not as much as I  would have liked to! I  always loved photography but never had the opportunity to delve into it.  Since the mobile photography movement started, besides taking photos with my phone, I  also started using digital and analog cameras and am now an avid student of photography.

Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
In 2009 I had a LG Xenon mobile phone that had a camera.  I  started taking photos and really liked the wonky results.  Once I got my first iPhone in 2010, I fell in love and I  haven’t stopped.

Were you active on Flickr as iPhone usage exploded? Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?

Yes, I have been on Flickr since 2008; I was uploading my DSLR photos and then I started uploading my mobile photography (LG Xexon photos first then my iPhone photos).  I stumbled upon AMPt Community and then IPA and got active there.  Unfortunately, I discovered Pixels a little late in the game, 2013 to be exact.

Yes, I have been on Flickr since 2008; I was uploading my DSLR photos and then I started uploading my mobile photography (LG Xexon photos first then my iPhone photos).  I stumbled upon AMPt Community and then IPA and got active there.  Unfortunately, I discovered Pixels a little late in the game, 2013 to be exact.

The very first iphoneographers I followed were Michelle Robinson, Josh St Germaine, Brandon Kidwell, Todd Leban, Richard Gray, Nikki Vlatos, Lee Thatcher, Jeffrey Simpson, Jessica Andrews, Maxe Egrazaki and Marko Mikulic.  

The very first iphoneographers I followed were Michelle Robinson, Josh St Germaine, Brandon Kidwell, Todd Leban, Richard Gray, Nikki Vlatos, Lee Thatcher, Jeffrey Simpson, Jessica Andrews, Maxe Egrazaki and Marko Mikulic.  

Throughout the years my list got bigger and now I am very happy to be in touch with all my amazing photographer friends and have dear-dear friends for life. 

What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
My main inspirations are my moods, Beethoven and Philip Glass. I am also influenced by the works of Man Ray, Dali, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Richard Alvedon, Yusuf Karsh, Ara Guler, Sebastiao Salgado, Shirin Neshat and Francesca Woodman.

What are your go-to apps?
Depending on what my photograph’s subject is. I generally prefer to use the native camera however, I  do use Hipstamatic, Provoke, Contrast, and Blackie as far as camera apps are concerned and of course Big Photo to work on the file size..  My usual go-to app is Snapseed.  If I ’m working on a mobile art piece then I  tend to use iColorama, Decim8, Remix, and Stackables. 

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

How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
Oh, dear!  Too many times to even count!

Cats or dogs?
Dogs
Dogs
Dogs

Beatles, Stones, or Dylan?
I  love all three because I grew up listening to their music.  If I had to choose just one, out of these three, my choice would be The Beatles.

Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
The recognition I have received for my work and the opportunities to have exhibitions around the world.

Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
Daytime mantra: Don’t ask, don’t tell!
Nighttime mantra: Where did my day go?
Anytime mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum.

Did I forget to ask a question you would like to answer? Please ask it and then answer!
What advice would you share with us?
Same advice I was given. Stay focused. Pay no mind to please the masses. Stay true to yourself. Stay original. Keep on creating.

A last word perhaps?
I wish to thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and some of my images. I’m very grateful.

Thank you, Armineh.

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Please share any weblinks instagram/social media handles so people can find you.

www.armineh-photography.com

www.facebook.com/armineh-photography

www.instagram.com/armineh29

www.instagram.com/armineh_sees_in_blackandwhite

www.instagram.com/armineh_mobileart

Armineh’s galleries can be found in September of 2018, be sure to take a look! Here is a small sampling of her work.

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