Jeff can usually be found roaming the streets of Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, delivering mail. Between deliveries he takes pictures with his iPhone, always in search of new ways of interpreting the world around him. His editing style ranges from minimal to outrageous, and constant experimentation, collaboration, and inspiration from other mobile photographers keeps him motivated to try new things. He is the lead editor for Grryo, a social photography collective, and also occasionally writes for the Huffington Post.
Hi Jeff! can you tell us how and when did you start with mobile photography?
I started taking pictures on with first iPhone, the 3GS model, in September of 2011. I actually didn’t have any interest in photography before owning a mobile phone. Of course, now, the first thing I would consider before buying a phone would be the quality of the camera on it!
– What do you think are the potentialities of mobile photography?
I think the greatest potential that mobile photography has to offer is this: anyone who is carrying a phone has the ability to capture what is happening around them, in their own unique and creative way.
– How would you define your photography style?
I’d like to think that it is constantly evolving, however, I’d say it is currently a mixture of street photography, landscape, and personal moments from my life. Ideally I’d like to think that my favorite images have an element of wit or playfulness within them.
My children are often my most accessible and willing models; in this photo my daughter was in the water and struck this pose for me. I took several shots and liked this one the best.
– Where do you get inspiration from?
I am constantly in community with other photographers/artists, whether on social media or in real life. I am always finding inspiration by viewing their work. I also often find myself asking the question ‘what if?’– often times I am able to visualize an idea and make it happen via photography, if I put my mind to it.
– What are the apps that you use and what type of post production work do you apply to your content?
I used to rely heavily on apps to create various digital effects, however, most of my current pictures involve much less post processing. I generally will just use the apps SnapSeed and VSCO these days.
– Are you working on some specific project at the moment?
I have a few different photo projects going on, but the most recent one involves a red rotary phone I’ve acquired. I’ve been having fun coming up with different ways of photographing it and trying to come up with unique ideas for it.
This is one of the photos with the phone that I referred to earlier. It seems I am often drawn to water! This is probably my favorite shot of the series. I was with some friends and set the phone upon a rock just above the water’s surface, giving it the appearance of floating
In many of your images, the context seems to recall a particular atmosphere; a bit “dreamy”, but the subject always stands out. Would you agree?
I have a habit of waking early and driving around to try and take pictures. On this day, there was some incredible fog. I felt this scene needed a figure in it, so I propped my phone on my car with a timer app and began walking up the hill…
I recently edited this shot from a trip to visit my parents. With my son looking down, I felt like I wanted to give a sense of hope rather than sadness, hence the brighter colors.
How do you see the future of mobile photography?
I think we are already seeing some of the potential: billboard sized ads using mobile images; photojournalists who use only a mobile phone to capture their shots. I believe this will only become more and more commonplace.
Thanks Jeff and good luck with your photos projects!