Updated: Dec 17, 2019
It’s time to thank your high school teacher for preaching William Shakespeare—the man was accurate and uncannily prophetic when he ascertained that “all the world’s a stage”.
In an age when each hand holds a cellphone, and each cellphone holds a camera, life is a set just waiting to be staged and exhibited with the click of a button.
One of the many benefits of the cellphone revolution is the exposure of art to unlimited eyes. “The availability of always having a camera on hand, and the mobile photo editing apps, allows me to really explore my creative side no matter where I am,” photographer Katie Teixeira told InSpades. She was true to this side of herself at the Pr0ject_Uno New York meet, where at any moment you would discover her lost from the group, climbing over rocks and rails, finding the best place to take a shot only her mind’s eye could see.
Teixeira’s photography surfaced with the help of networking communities like Instagram. Though she shoots at times with her Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, much of Teixeira’s work is actually captured with her iPhone 6.
It’s difficult to believe that Teixeira’s self-portraits are taken with her cell. Using apps for editing, Teixeira was miraculously able to reveal the gentle glow of the Edison light bulbs in the background of “Tattoo”, meanwhile reflecting light from her skin and hair in the foreground.
“Self-portraiture is my favourite style of photography to shoot and edit.” Teixeira explained. Having no models to work with, and often shooting at a moment’s notice when “the inspiration arises,” self-portraiture offers Teixeira maximum artistic freedom without the loss of creative momentum that a lapse in time can cause.
Many of Teixeira’s self-portraits include floral arrangements or stark contrasts in light. “My go-to’s are nature [and] natural light,” said Teixeira, whose spontaneous shoots require little preparation, simply complementary positions of the sun.
Mobile photography is a recent art form, appealing in part for it’s convenience—no equipment haul necessary. In conjunction with cellphone cameras are mobile editing apps like Mextures, Union and Darkroom, and are the mainstay of Teixeira’s editing arsenal.
Yet while Teixeira reaches for her iPhone for landscape and portrait pieces alike, she does wield her DSLR for macro photography and nature shots. “I like the ability to control the depth of field and exposure when I’m zoomed in and focused on detail.” In “Queen Ann’s Lace ” and “Nature’s Lollipop”, Teixeira achieves a clean capture of the buds while casting sombre shadows with the use of mobile app edits.
It was six years ago when Teixeira first got her hands on a DSLR camera. “Being able to manually control the outcome of my photos really pulled me in,” she remembered, but it wasn’t until Teixeira purchased an iPhone 6 that she became more deeply involved in her love affair with photography. Thanks to the mobility and ease of her phone, each day is a “blank canvas” awaiting the lens. “If the mood strikes – I shoot. Period.”
Since emerging on the mobile photography scene, Teixeira has been recognized by the Mobile Photography Awards of 2016, SHOOTER magazine and the Mobiography website. One of her self-portraits will also displayed at the Galleria Lancelotta in Rome, Italy during the “Impossible Humans – ‘The Unexpected Happening’” (IHUH) exhibit of March 2016. Today Teixeira remains active within online photography communities like Pr0ject_Uno and with other artists—“family” as she warmly regards them—on Instagram.
If the world was a stage for Shakespeare, it became the set of a photo shoot awaiting discovery by contemporary photographers like Teixeira: “Everywhere I go, I’m always capturing something to take home with me.”