Andy Doss is a graphic designer that uses his iPhone 5s to create beautiful abstract pieces. He is also doing some cool things with percolator. I recently had a quick chat with him, after he reached out to me on facebook. I hope you enjoy his work.
David: How long have you been shooting with your iPhone, and what model are you using?
Andy: I’ve been shooting with my iPhone for 3 Years. I’ve been a graphic designer for 15 yrs. I went back to school two yrs ago and I completed my art degree (bachelors) and for my senior project I turned to my trusty iPhone. Then it was a 4 but I now have a 5s.
D: Are your abstract shots done in camera or are you using apps to get the desired effects? Some of the images remind me of kinetic photography.
A: My abstracts are done using a combination of apps. I use several to get the desired result for just one image. Photostudio HD is usually where my abstracts start, Sketchbook, Percolator, and Snapseed are some of the others I like to use. I also use the desktop, iPhone, and iPad versions of photoshop in my work.
D: What do you look for when you’re creating an abstract image?
A: My abstracts really lend themselves toward graphic images, buildings, mostly. For the complex ones I use either sketch book pro app or photoshop to break the images apart and reconstruct them.
D: What drives you to create your pieces?
A: Being a graphic designer, I like really graphic images, as in bold color, shapes and images. My work is based on my surroundings. City’s and buildings offer a great base for my work but so does anything that lends itself to that. Bridges, fields or landscapes. I like to take places, things or objects that most people see everyday and don’t think twice about, and bring out the true beauty that is in them. The color or lack of is already there, I’m just exposing it.
D: Your take on exposing people to the beauty of things they take for granted reminds me of something I heard recently. Jason Silva does a series on youtube, called Shots of Awe, and one of his videos was about artists. He said, “First, you must have a willingness to leave your comfort zone. Forget everything you think you know. You must decondition your thinking, your reflective responses to stimuli, to go to other realms of the mind.The artist, must sacrifice part of himself to bring back this new perspective on reality.” I think our job as artists is to show people the beauty in everything, which can be a daunting task at times.
You can find more of Andy’s work at the links below. If you enjoyed any of these, there is plenty more to see. Even if you didn’t like this style, he has some cool percolator images and even some awesome painterly images that look like they should be hanging on a wall somewhere. Go check him out!
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