There is only one Paul Toussaint! It’s been so much fun getting to know him over the years. He was the original break-out star of iPhoneography back in 2013. I’ve always loved his bold apping style, hyper-saturated, grungy, with touches of lyricism and humor throughout.
I just posted two galleries of his work in June of 2017. Be sure to check them out. Below, an interview and a selection of images.
As I was assembling and resizing images for the galleries, I wrote Paul and told him I couldn’t find his interview. He wrote back, “Can’t find my answers? If they had hair around them you would find them.”
Herewith the interview:
Where do you live?
Northeast corner of Connecticut.
What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
I was photographing antique and Mexican sterling silver in NYC.
Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
Great question. I needed a new cell phone and and bought and iPhone 4. I started watching I noticed the quality of the images I could just snap at anytime and I photographed everything in my walking path then I found different apps and websites of people doing what I was doing. I never picked up my DSLR again my Nikon or my hassleblad
Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
Marie Mathews, Karen Divine, Craig Corbin.
What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
People you may not know but artists I met as a mailman when I delivered mail. Leonard Baskin, Elliot Offner, Jason Batenis.
What are your go-to apps?
Filterstorm, Snapseed, Photofx
If you had to choose three creatures, real or imaginary, to be your personal totem pole, what would they be?
Elizabeth Montgomery “Bewitched”
The flute from HR Puff and Stuff
How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
OMG. Too many to count. I am addicted.
Cats or dogs?
Beatles, Stones, or Dylan?
Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
The quality of the camera blows my flipping mind. Outstanding!
Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
There’s an app for it.
If you could bring back some old apps no longer updates what would they be?
Scratchcam, scratchcam, scratchcam
A last word perhaps?
And now we’ve gone full-circle. Thank you, Paul!