Jan 19, 2015

Chris Reynolds - The Artful Use of Texture

What is your name and where do you live?

CR:  My name is Chris Reynolds. I live in East Lothian, Scotland.


How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

CR:  After using only a DSLR since taking a real interest in photography around 2007, it wasn't until March 2014 that I considered trying a decent capture on a mobile device. After sending my camera to get the sensor cleaned I was without it when I had an idea for a shot, so I used my iPhone to capture the source image. I was hugely impressed, and slightly surprised by the resulting nice exposure and focus. It was around this time I started using apps to edit instead of Photoshop on my PC. A whole new level of convenience opened up before me.

© Chris Reynolds



© Chris Reynolds


Do you have a traditional photography or art background?

CR:  My art background has always been hobby based, mostly creating geometric designs using pens and a straight edge, or spray paint and masking tape. I just enjoy viewing and creating photos and artwork, and have an appreciation for all kinds of imagery.


© Chris Reynolds

© Chris Reynolds

Who or what inspires you?

CR:  Often it's the simple things in life that captures my imagination, it could be anyone or anything that ignites a spark of inspiration. 


© Chris Reynolds


Do you use the native camera app for shooting or a specialty camera app like ProCamera?

CR:  I've been using ProCam 2 for the last few months, which has a greater level of manual control, and exports higher resolution TIFF files. Excellent app.


© Chris Reynolds

© Chris Reynolds

© Chris Reynolds


Your images are heavily textured and most of them focus on landscapes or structures. Is there any other area of mobile photography you'd like to explore?

CR:  Most of my shots are taken around where I live, which spoils me with great landscape and coastline, plus fascinating old architecture.

Although the majority of my images on Instagram are textured, long exposure seascape photography is also one of the styles I enjoy doing, currently I shoot those on a DSLR. The stillness in time created by silky smooth ocean and river scenes has a calm and mysterious quality I like about it.

I've yet to try long exposures on the iPhone, so that may be the next area of mobile photography I'll be exploring.


© Chris Reynolds

© Chris Reynolds


What apps do you use for your textured imagery?

CR:  I mostly use Stackables for editing my iPhone shots, I can spend hours at a time having fun doing what almost feels like painting with texture layers. Often I'll also use Mextures on the same edit for a slightly different layer style if I need it, or sometimes just to experiment with a different texture or light leak. I like them both - they are excellent apps. 


© Chris Reynolds


If you could change one thing about your mobile device, what would it be?

CR:  If it could detect when I'm immersed in an edit and auto-send incoming calls to voicemail, that would be good!




Have you ever sold or exhibited your work? If not, any plans for the future?

CR:  Yes I've sold some prints over the years. I'm surprised and delighted every time when someone wants one hanging on their wall. I sometimes have a limited edition print available at a local picture framer's shop. Although I don't actively promote to sell them I'm always happy to provide when requested for prints.





Please tell me more about the limited edition prints. How man in an edition? Where do you have them printed and what size(s) do you offer?

CR:  I'll sometimes have a small selection of prints done, 25 prints of each image. The seascapes are usually 18" x 12" and the textured/edited images are 9" x 9"

I use a local printing company, they make a flawless product. The prints are always true to color, etc., so I've never had a reason to try and get a better deal online or anywhere else.


Is there anything else you'd like to add?

CR:  I'd like to thank you Geri for inviting me to do this feature for Art of Mob, it has been an absolute pleasure. I look forward to your future work within photography, your contributions have been outstanding! 


Find Chris: Instagram

Apps Mentioned:
ProCam
Stackables
Mextures

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for including him in your interviews. His work is amazing!

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  2. I agree with Roxi. He has amazing work and now I am interested in checking out ProCam2

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  3. I'm having another look at ProCam 2 as well Sarah!

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  4. Nice one Geri and excellent edits Chris. I particularly like the before and after with the bike. A good example of what can be achieved with creative imagination.

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  5. The interviews are almost at an end - I think I will miss them most of all!

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  6. Thanks very much Allan! I've been experimenting with apps lately, Reflect app for the water and LensFX for the fog in that edit.

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  7. Thanks very much Sarah! ProCam2 is by the same developers as Stackables.. they are constantly striving to improve the apps with each update, and they succeed every time!

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  8. Ok Chris...you have talked me into giving ProCam2 a try, although the thought of learning a new app. just when I was feeling comfortable is a little scary, but I am also constantly striving to improve. There is so much more I want to do just never enough time.

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  9. ProCam 2 is easy to use Sarah.. take auto shots as per native camera app, but also with the options for manual settings. You can always just keep doing your usual workflow and play around with new apps, integrating them progressively.. adding to your creative toolkit :)

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