That moment when a firework explodes and sparkles across the night sky, frozen in time and multiplied by a hundred. More to love here: http://bit.ly/instacanvas_fireworks
This week, we talked shop with native Californian and L.A. enthusiast @slvrlyt, otherwise known as David Roberts. This darkroom photography teacher made the switch to digital in 2004, and has since made a phone his weapon of choice. Pull up a chair, strike your best listening pose and find out what makes this Instacanvas Artist tick!
How do you think mobile photography is changing the game, and how has it affected you as an artist?
Having the ability to “shoot as you go” opens a creative realm that many people would never have the opportunity to experience if mobile photography were not available. I own a Canon 7D and love it, yet it is not practical for me to ride my bike and carry an expensive DSLR around. Being able to pull over on my bike, set up a shot, snap away, and ride on is a very liberating experience as a photographer.
Ride on, brother. Any tips you can give to Instacanvas artists who want to take better photos?
By capturing images in a way that someone else might not, through framing, composition, added meaning such as humor, and most importantly through proper lighting, your images have more chance of standing out. I might see a background or street art image I really like, but if the wall is not properly lit, I won’t shoot it. If the wall is facing east, I’ll shoot it in the morning, if facing west or south west, I’ll shoot in toward the end of the day. Plotting your route based on available light also adds an element of creative and conceptual freedom when shooting.
Your bike makes pretty consistent appearances throughout your gallery- in fact, it’s almost like a character. How did that come to be?
By adding my bike to my photos, I was able to give each image a new meaning, and the added subject soon created a narrative. It’s gotten to the point where if I post an image without the bike, people ask where it is. It seems to have become my muse so to speak. Riding around has allowed me to absorb my surroundings and experience LA on a whole new level.
Check out more of David’s work available in his gallery: http://instacanv.as/slvrlyt
With the digital space being flooded with more images than ever before, what are your thoughts on developing your own unique style as a photographer? Comment and let us know!