Where do you live?
I live in Northeast Wisconsin about 60 miles north of Milwaukee, near the shore of Lake Michigan.
What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
Mostly conventional photography using film and digital cameras. I did enjoy experimenting with different techniques but had nowhere near the tools available as I do now.
Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
I started shooting almost exclusively using Hipstamatic. The image possibilities really renewed my interest in photography as an art form. That beginning motivated me to try other apps and app combinations to see what I could create.
Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
After joining Facebook, I discovered images by Alon Goldsmith and Vivi Hanson Sacerdote. I was also motivated by a former co-worker, Bob MacDonald, who was an art director at the time. Bob was shooting Hipstamatic and I was interested in trying it. I didn’t have an iPhone at the time, so I loaded Hipstamatic on my wife’s phone just so I could try it!.
What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
Like many of my generation, I was inspired by album covers including the work of Hipgnosis and Roger Dean.
What are your go-to apps?
Snapseed is a must. After that, Distressed FX, Toon Camera, and any of the Brain Fever Media apps.
How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
Don’t think that’s ever happened. Crafting images is too much fun. Now, don’t ask me how many times I’ve fallen asleep during a movie!
Beatles, Stones, or Dylan?
Of the three, I’d pick The Beatles. However, Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks was a great album!
Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
The success that I’ve been gifted with in the art world has been a total surprise.
What compositional elements to you tend to use in your photos?
Elements of color, texture and some level of abstraction are present on most of my photos. Also, most of my skies tend to be very colorful.
A last word perhaps?
I believe that iPhoneography can serve as a positive way of looking at the world by capturing images all around you and crafting them to make something new and different.
I posted three galleries of Dale’s work in September of 2017. Be sure to take a look! Here is a sampling of his striking work: