Cecily has been a Pixels contributor since 2011. Below please find her interview (great to get to know more about you, Cecily!) and a small gallery of images she contributed for the Pixels “Lost Years” galleries. Be sure to visit those galleries here.
Where do you live?
I have been in Portland, Oregon since 2000. I was raised Oakland / Berkeley after that I lived in San Luis Obispo, Aix-en-Provence, Woodland, Brooklyn and NYC.
Art done before the iPhone:
Before the iPhone I did traditional film photography, played around with polaroid film and polaroid transfers, experimented with alternative processes (mostly cyanotypes). I also love to experiment with my Holga camera and pinhole camera.
What happened when I first started using my iPhone as my camera:
I became obsessed with taking photos and learning how to alter them with various apps. I became very active on IPA and met many great people around the world that way. Some of these people I have met in person and I cherish very much these friendships. I can’t think of a more exhilarating time to have been an iPhone photographer!
Were you active on Flickr as iPhone usage exploded?
Yes, I have been on Flickr since 2005. I used to put up some of my film images.
Who were the first iphoneographers that I followed?
Cindy Patrick, Sarah Jarrett, Nettie Edwards, Davide Caponi, Marie Matthews, Maddy McCoy, Maryjane Sarvis, Vivi Hanson, JQ Gaines, Nicki Fitzgerald, Susan Tuttle, Liz Dameron Grilli, Armineh Hovanesian, Lynette Jackson, Paula Gardner, Clint Cline, Bob Weil, Catherine Restivo, Nina Anderson (ninapix) Gilles Perroud (the Suncatcher), Donna Donato, Tess Gomm (Harveydog), Bill Stalder, Christine Sirois, Carlein van der Beek, Benamon Tame, Cara Gallardo Weil, Meri Walker, Nate Park, Daria, Knox Bronson, David Ingraham, Roger Guetta, Eloise Capet, Fiona Christian, Helen Breznik, Karen Divine, Gianluca Ricoveri, and so many others. The above names are the people I followed on iPhone Art. com — those were really amazing days.
What or who else inspires you?
I am inspired by all kinds of art — from street art to the Impressionists, abstract artists, photographers, mixed media artists, watercolors, nature, the ocean, birdsong, cricket and cicada chirps. I also love all kinds of music: jazz, blue-grass, blues, contemporary, early Jackson 5 to First Aid Kit. Travel inspires me very much and I hope to be doing a lot of it soon.
Lately I have been more interested in female artists, in all genres, since I think many have been overlooked and under appreciated.
What are your go to apps?
My go to apps are Snapseed, VSCO, RNI Films, Camera+, Photocopier, Distressed FX, Diana, Hipstamatic, Decim8, and Pro Camera.
If I had to choose 3 creatures to be on my personal totem pole:
How many times have you fallen asleep with the iPhone in hand while apping a photo?
4 (Editor’s note: Amazing you can remember the exact number!)
Cats or Dogs?
Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone? Something you didn’t expect?
I have met people from all over the world through the iPhone art community and I had no idea when I first got my iPhone that this would happen!! I was also very fortunate to have been one of the artists included in The Art of iPhone Photography book, which is another thing I would never have imagined would happen when I got my iPhone!
Do I have a mantra for daytime, nighttime or anytime?
Since November 2016 my mantra has been “keep calm and carry on”
I also always try to remind myself that what I put my energy into will come to fruition.
At night my mantra is “keep calm and go the f*** to sleep” (ha ha).
Thank you, Cecily.