Abbey’s iPhone photography appropriately communicates a deep thirst for moments of silence, reflection and solace.
Agora artist Abbey Mubiru uses photo editing to enhance images he captures on his iPhone. This is a self-taught idea that he calls ‘MiPhone photography. It began by editing portraits of family and friends. He discovered various programs that allowed him to edit these photos with extreme levels of detail to achieve desired results directly from his mobile phone. Mubiru works mainly with florals and landscapes, with overarching themes of tranquility, peace, and reflection.
During an animation class, we had a break and one of the first year students came in with a camera. He was working on one of the photography projects, a time lapse photography. I had done a photography class prior during a graphics design course but, for some reason, I remember that moment like it was the first time I was introduced to photography.
After practicing and gathering photos for a portfolio, I started to consider applying for gallery representations. I usually do all my things in a timely, passionate, and perfectionistic way, which is why it’s taken me too long to put my artwork out. But once I did, I couldn’t be more proud and confident.
It was back in 2013. I took a shot of my little sister after lunch trying out my new iPhone 5s. I was intrigued by the quality of the shot although it wasn’t taken with a digital camera.
Prior, I had struggled with Photoshop and had disregarded photography all together because of the complexity of the software, but with the smartphone I somehow felt like a pro immediately.
It’s mostly financial. I cut down on the cost of gear and the process is easier compared to the traditional way of creating photography artwork. Also the freedom to create wherever and whenever I feel inspired.
Definitely when I was offered to be represented by a fine art gallery.
I’ve always been interested in floral patterns, particularly bright colored plants. An early morning walk around some fields gave me a chance to observe and create my work.
Always. I’m currently exploring and experimenting. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll update my ARTmine page.
It would probably be ‘Best Friends’. I think the way it came out was very rewarding.