The “iPhoneography” of photographer Elise Ellis will be in the spotlight this month at the OTC Fine Arts Gallery, located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theatre complex in downtown Springfield. The gallery will hold an opening reception during First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, April 6, from 6-10 p.m.
“About two years ago, I was extremely burned out with traditional portraiture,” explains Ellis. “I actually put my professional gear on the shelf and took a step back from photography. It was then I began to experiment with iPhoneography. In 2011, I began using the camera on the iPhone as my primary camera.”
Ellis uses the built-in camera in her iPhone as her camera, and processes the images using downloaded apps. When she is ready to exhibit her work, Ellis says “a dye sublimation process fuses the image to a piece of metal, creating incredible visual depth and luminosity.”
“When you take away all the fancy lenses, flash units, camera bodies, all you have left is your creativity, your vision, your skill in composition and in manipulating the light,” Ellis says. “iPhoneography is photography in the simplest form.”
In addition to the art on display, OTC Fine Arts students will provide special musical performances throughout the opening reception. Refreshments will be served.
The OTC Fine Arts Gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the gallery, contact Kat Allie at (417) 447-8977, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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