I posted three galleries of Jan’s work, twenty-four images each. You can find them here: September, 2014. The twelve images posted here are just a sampling from the three galleries.
Where do you live?
I live in the Netherlands, in a small town south of Amsterdam.
What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
My art was always made with SLR-cameras/DSLR-cameras strait from the camera printed in my own lab.
Part of my work is still done with RICOH GR cameras today.
Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
I noticed my work became less formal, less static, more free. I went experimenting, made collages.
Were you active on Flickr as iPhone usage exploded? Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
I joined Flickr in 2007 and bought my first Iphone in 2016. I still use the same phone.
The first Iphone artist who took my attention I can’t say anymore unfortunately.
What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
My inspiration comes most from painters. I admire David Hockney, Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Felix Vallotton, Francis Bacon, but also Holbein and Dürer and medieval painters.
What are your go-to apps?
The apps I work with most are Snapseed, Prisma, Icolorama, Pixlr, Monokrom, Comic Life and a lot more.
If you had to choose three creatures, real or imaginary, to be your personal totem pole, what would they be?
Never thought about that this way and I don’t think I ever do.
How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
I don’t think that ever happens (haha).
Cats or dogs?
There are no animals in my house but I respect Helping dogs as they help disabled people.
Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
No surprising impact in my life from the Iphone. Its just a tool as a painter has his pencils.
I use my phone more as a camera than a phone actually.
Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
Not at all. It’s not my way of living.
A last word perhaps?
I think it’s very important there is a kind of “PIXELS”, a site being not commercial or competitional but where it’s about the photografic art community and where quality comes first.
Thank you, Jan. I am glad you are part of the community.
Jan joined the Pixels family in 2016. His unique vision, surreal and funny, is always a joy.