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5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards – Black and White Results.

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Delighted to be among the honourable mentions in the black & white category of this year’s annual Mobile Photography Awards. Some great work here. What I like about B&W photography is that it strips back an image to its essentials. Texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting are the building blocks of a photograph. Get all these attributes singing along in harmony and you could possibly end up with a great photo. B&W is the acid test of a photographer to create picture perfect images. Congrats to the winner, David Ingraham, and fellow runner-ups, who pass the test perfectly. A big shout-out to MPA founder (and talented mobile photographer in his own right), Daniel Berman, for his commitment and energy to make the MPA the success it has rightfully become since its inception in 2011. Mobile photography, and the very active talented community that make it so vibrant, is still in its infancy. Baby steps are turning into giant strides. Congrats to all involved.

Link to winning work: http://mobilephotoawards.com/black-white-winner-honorable-mentions-mpa-2015/


Helter Skelter © Sean Hayes

Bowie by Duffy. A creative collaboration.

Chris Duffy, son of legendary fashion photographer Brian Duffy, guides us through the work of one of the most creative collaborations between a performing artist and photographer in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. Their working partnership resulted in some of the most iconic album art ever conceived –  Bowie’s Aladdin Sane and Lodger.

I’ll keep this short and sweet. TED2015’s short film festival

I’m a person who has always been interested in interesting people who say or make interesting things. Advertising used to be melting pot of these kind of people. Not so much anymore. I believe the art of short film making is where all the interesting stuff is being conceived and beaten into shape on laptops all around the world – sometimes on a shoestring budget. Historically, the price of producing slick audio-visual projects were prohibitively expensive and only the most dedicated – or maddest, pick your superlative – had the endurance to bring their visions to fruition. Today, thanks to affordable technology, the price of entry to this once exclusive club has dropped to almost zero. The only investment required is a belief in your own ability to make interesting things. That’s the good news. The bad news is you have to make or say something very, very, very interesting to break through the tsunami of sameness that infests our creative culture today. These films, I believe, are a good representation of what can be achieved creatively if one sets out with a good idea to start with – something that resonates with us as empathetic human beings. The film “Reach” by Luke Randall is a good example of storytelling that pulls on heart strings as well as electronic cables. Many people believe that technology is changing us and that we must keep up with technological change if we want to stay relevant. Rubbish. Our human responses to authenticity has always been the same – for countless generations. These films are authentic. That’s why they work so well. Artifice can only get you so far. Creativity about is building things that ring true. Short films used to be a “calling card” while prospecting for bigger projects. I believe they are now a standalone art form in and of themselves. Hope you agree. Enjoy.

TED Blog

Watching more than seventy live, perspective-changing TED Talks back to back for five days straight is nothing to scoff at. Let’s be honest: Your brain gets tired. That’s why TED’s curators program each session with short video breaks to give the mind a rest before the next set of talks. Funny, inspiring, silly, beautiful, here’s all the videos shown this year at the conference. Think of it as TED’s short film festival.

, by Victor Caire. Two fat, sleepy animated seals fight and love each other.

Wiggly Things
, by Rogier van der Zwaag. An animated interpretation of philosopher Alan Watts’ lectures, about how we humans like to “break down the wiggliness of the world.”

, by Luke Randall. A robot that needs to be plugged in in order to survive dreams of life outside his window.

Moving images
, by Lorne Resnick. Lorne Resnick makes five-second video clips…

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Latest additions to my ePortfolio of mobile photography

Photographer Swallows 35mm Film, Allows Digestive Fluids To Create Astounding Images – Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

“What is a Photograph?”

With the increasing ubiquity of photographers and photographs, it was only a question of time before the fine art community posed the question: “What is a Photograph?” Interesting article from the nytimes about redefining photography in the modern age. Another semantics battle methinks: more for the benefit of curators and collectors who need to put things in quantifiable boxes with neat labels for financial reasons. Creators just want to create – others want to define.

Link: With Cameras Optional, New Directions in Photography – NYTimes.com.

Dangerous Minds | David Hockney’s Cubist photography

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Brussels Bistro © Sean Hayes

The English painter, David Hockney, never liked stills photography. For him, the medium lacked the ability to record the fluidity of time and space and Hockney considered painting and drawing far superior in this regard. This perceived limitation, however, did not stop Hockney from experimenting with Polaroid and SLR 35mm prints to construct elaborate photo collages – referring to them as “Joiners”. Hockney experimented with photography between 1970 and 1986 but became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of the medium and its ‘one-eyed’ approach, as he called it. He subsequently returned to painting, but left an impressive body of photographic work that was well received by the art world at the time. I’ve posted a link to an article about Hockney’s foray into the photographic world because I have always been interested in the overlapping disciplines of photography and painting; having experimented with photo collages recently (see photo above), using a humble iPhone and the AutoStitch photo app to create dynamic images of everyday scenes. I recommend you try to make photo collages as well – they are fun to do and the results can be quite surprising.

Link to article: Dangerous Minds | David Hockney’s Cubist photography.


Furstenberg Paris © David Hockney

My 8 megapixel New Year resolution.


New Year Resolution @ Sean Hayes

While most of us have been nursing aching heads and broken bodies, post New Year’s Eve revelry, Joanne Carter at theappwhisperer.com has been busy compiling a list of wishes, aspirations and resolutions from a very talented worldwide community of mobile photographers and artists. I was very pleased to be asked to contribute. Below is a copy/paste of my contribution to the article, but I encourage you to visit the site http://theappwhisperer.com/2014/01/01/mobile-photography-new-year-resolutions-from-around-the-world-part-1/ and discover the breadth and depth of the talent that exists among this exciting and vibrant artistic community.

‘My 2014 New Year’s resolution is 8 megapixels. I even surprise myself that I have continued to use my rapidly ageing iPhone 3GS to take photographs; squeezing every last pixel from its puny 3MP sensor. It has, at least, proven loyal, consistent and bug free. This is more than can be said for some of iPhone’s subsequent upgrades – if fellow iphoneographer’s reviews are to be believed. But it’s time to move up, as it has become blatantly obvious that Apple and the nifty photo apps that make mobile photography so much fun, will no longer support or develop for such an archaic model as the 3GS in the future. IOS 7 here I come – or maybe not? The new generation of android camera phones look very enticing; rivalling and even surpassing some of the classic point-and-shoot cameras in terms of megapixels and sensor sensitivity. I’m particularly intrigued with the Samsung’s attempt, with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, to meld a smartphone with the zoom functionality of its ordinary cameras. It’s the future; and we iphoneographers know it – the DSLR and smartphone become one. Yet, at the same time, I am reminded that the range, quality and sophistication of android photo apps lags way behind IOS offerings, and will do so for the foreseeable future.

On a more personal note: In 2014, I intend to continue and strengthen my resolution and resolve made in 2013 – namely, less is more. Shoot less, process less, post less, think more. After my initial exuberance of photographing everything and anything and hoping to ‘fix’ it with an app, I’ve attempted to be more contemplative of what I’m shooting and why. Consideration is a powerful stage in the photographic process which can all too easily be forgotten in the ‘shoot-process-post’ instantaneity of the online world. Being a good visual artist is not only about producing quality work, it is also about the courage and capacity to edit your work – sometimes mercilessly. I hope to continue developing as a photographer in 2014 by simplifying everything I do – less reliance on technique, more searching for soul. The photographs that work best convey human emotions or stories that are universal – technique should always be subservient to the idea or feeling conveyed by the photography. At this point, I would like to send my sincerest best wishes for a Happy New Year to Joanne and her team at TheAppWhisperer and to all my fellow iPhoneographers from around the world. The quality of your work never ceases to delight and inspire me. Happy shooting in 2014 everyone.’

Randoms: Silver Lake © Sean Hayes

I’m a big fan of the work of Ansel Adams. For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the glowing silver hues of his epic landscape photography. Unfortunately,  the Yosemite mountain range is a bit of a hike from my house here in Belgium – my local park will have to do. For now.  Hope you like the image – and should you like one of the images enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at shonski50@me.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.


Silver Lake © Sean Hayes

Belgium and Black and White © Sean Hayes


Belgium and Black and White © Sean Hayes


Belgium and Black and White © Sean Hayes


Belgium and Black and White © Sean Hayes

Hope you like the images – and should you like one of the images enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at shonski50@me.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.