A few months ago I got in touch with David Booker, a photographer from England who introduced me to the term ‘iPhoneography’. As an iPhone-fan I was excited to learn this new term: making hauntingly beautiful images with only an iPhone camera and apps. David was kind enough to share his work with Bleaq and tell a bit more about his technique and inspiration all of which you can find in this second edition of ‘Spotlight’. Enjoy!
Bleaq: If you had to describe your work in one sentence, how would you do it?
David Booker: I would opt for something like ‘slightly unsettling but beautiful’!
Can you tell about how you got into photography? Why did you choose to focus on iPhoneography?
I’ve been into photography since my early teens when I was given my uncle’s dark-room equipment and became fascinated with the film developing process. I made the transition to DSLR and Photoshop around 2003 and then more recently iPhoneography, which I find incredibly liberating – to have such a powerful camera in a smartphone (I use the iPhone 5) and so many post-processing apps is incredible.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by any examples of beauty in art veiled by layers of darkness. I’m fascinated by light and shade, the knowledge that for true beauty to be appreciated there also has to be its opposite present to some degree. I’m not interested in one without the presence of the other – I have no interest in the macabre or grotesque, for example. And I don’t enjoy a ‘beautiful’ image unless there is something there that makes me feel a little uncomfortable in some way.
Who are your favourite artists? How do they inspire your work?
My favourite contemporary artist is Kristamas Klousch, with whom I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate. I also admire the work of Francesca Woodman. My favourite painter is Picasso, writer Haruki Murakami and musicians David Sylvian and Joanna Newsom. Those elements of light and dark are present in all of their works.
It’s probably like asking parents which of their kids they like best, but do you have a piece or pieces from your work that you like best? If so, why that one?
I was particularly satisfied by a series of images I took using antlers (borrowed from a local cafe) as a backdrop to my model but my favourite image is one taken of my partner, Eve, washing and removing her makeup after a photoshoot – an unusually candid capture for me (I usually plan and prepare my shoots).
– The picture of Eve washing her face.
With many social networking websites it’s almost hard to keep track of everything! How important is the internet for you as an artist?
I’m not very good at social networking so try to keep to no more than one or two platforms – mainly Instagram and Facebook and my own website…and now Bleaq! As a means of sharing my work and discovering new artists and inspiration, the internet is, of course, invaluable.
Last but not least: van you recommend a book, movie or artist you’ve enjoyed lately?
I would recommend any of Haruki Murakami’s novels, my favourite being Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
A big thanks goes out to David for being willing to share his works and insights with Bleaq: thank you David! :) If you want to see more of David’s work you can take a look at his website or follow his (gorgeous) photo-stream on Instagram.
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great weekend!