please join me feb. 12 for app-aritions at studio2gallery

Saturday: February 12, 2011 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

a studio2gallery invitational exhibit with 4 artists showcasing App-aritions

exhibit: February 12, 2011-March 5, 2011
1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 318, Austin, Texas 78704

Leon Alesi
Catherine McMillan
Carol Schiraldi
Tina Weitz

I love being an artist because you an make up your own words. Iphone-aphy is the word I use for taking images with my iphone. The results are “App-aritions”. This exhibit features the app-aritions of 4 well seasoned photographers who have thousands of hours of technology and expertise behind them.  Yet, drawn like a moth to flame, we cannot deny the imagery of iphone-aphy. – photographer and curator, Tina Weitz

Leon Alesi Art Statement
I always loved Polaroids.  The look, the feel and the fun it was to take them.  First, I mourned the loss of my beloved Captiva film and then Polaroid film altogether.  When I found the Shake It app, which mimics the Polaroid sensibility, I was hooked all over again.  With the iphone camera, I am excited to have a camera in my pocket at all times.  The images I make with my phone are loose and of the moment.  In this ongoing body of work my aim is to combine several images together to make a loose narrative.  These vignettes seek to spark the viewer’s imagination in a way that a short story emerges.

Catherine McMillan Art Statement
Apps are amazing; I use quite a few, PSE (Photoshop Express), Light, Shake-It, Filterstorm, Camera Bag and Hipstamatic.  Like my colleagues, I have discovered a newfound joy in the simplicity of an all in one too, my iphone.  The art of photography is capturing and communicating something visual, it can be something you randomly see or something that you build.  Being a commercial photographer, I have made a career of building images.  The iphone has helped guide me into a more casual approach of creating images.  It’s become an obsession of sorts; I play (key word because it is fun) with my iphone every chance I get!

Most of these images are photos taken with the iphone camera and then loaded up later on the before mentioned apps.  Usually I start with curves in Filterstorm, then Camera Bag to pick out a camera, and then maybe a PSE or Filterstorm again for vignettes or borders, saturation, etc. – the possibilities are endless.

Carol Schiraldi Art Statement
My iphone has put the fun of photography back into my hands.  It’s small, it’s sleek, it’s sexy.  It’s easy to operate and easy to get away with.  I love the joy of discovering new apps like Camera Bag, Plastic Bullet and Hipstamatic.  I love Shake It Polaroid and the fake Tilt-Shift app.  It’s been said that photography, specifically the camera, is a great equalizer of sorts.  It allows artistic vision to be separated from the technician in all of us.  With an iphone in your hands, you can go from artistic vision-from concept or idea-to finished product in a second or two.  No Photoshop, no darkroom, no chemicals, no expense of films and such, only that vision come to life.  It’s that purity of vision that keeps me coming back to the fun of the iphone camera.  Never before has a camera allowed me to be so productive while freeing me from the shackles of being a technician.  In the past, cameras were all about equipment, optics, and the necessities of the darkroom process.  Now, there are boundless possibilities before our eyes whenever we “slide to unlock” them.

Tina Weitz Art Statement
I began to use my iphone camera to fill in for those moments I did not have my high tech equipment on hand.  As I continued to use the iphone, a new love developed.  I discovered the apps. I had lamented the departing of Polaroid Time Zero film almost 4 years ago, but found the new joy of Shake It, a beautiful tribute to the contrast and color of Polaroid.  You even get the nostalgic click and whir, thank you developers.  Then you watch (with fond memories of your Polaroid SX70 camera), as magic happens when the cloud of white begins to transform.  This led to the next app, and the next, and the next… I hear the great debate about how valid an image from such an instant process can be accounted for- and I can resoundingly answer with diptychs and triptychs and tales of my travels and the anticipation I have with each iphone lens safari I make. Simplicity, such as this, brings clarity to my subjects and joy to my artistic heart.

lost and found in austin

Lone Star Bus, Broken Spoke

If you get a chance, check out my latest photo at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, “Lone Star Bus.”  It is mounted on the last display case in the passenger terminal, by Ponchito’s and the Admiral’s Club.  I chose this photo for the exhibit, “Lost and Found in Austin” because this particular view of the Lone Star bus at the Broken Spoke will be soon lost in Austin’s quickly changing scenery.  Coming to Austin are over 100 condominium projects which will change the view of our day to day travels admiring the skyline.  The Broken Spoke will be absorbed into this shift of condominium skyline scenery, no more the moon and sunset as depicted in this image.  Let’s just celebrate the fact the Broken Spoke will carry on – I recommend you stop in for a chicken fried steak and some great music!

My thanks to the airport for inviting me to showcase my work again!  You can see my ABIA 5th anniversary celebration artwork at the offices located at the end of the passenger terminal.

east austin studio tour

Haven’t had time to post, as I was preparing for the East Austin Studio Tour.

What a groovin’ time! I must thank Bolm Studios (who just changed their name to Big Medium) for the time and effort they put forth for our local art community. This year the addition of the Yellow Bikes was awesome, way to go for a “green” turnout.  Also enjoyed the music happening at the building – and where was my camera when “Rubber Robot” was playing???  I missed a great opportunity as the band members all wore rubber horse head masks and the pony tails were flying to the beat of the band.


“ever you seek beauty,

ever you find beauty”

– Esther Victoria Woolperi

photos copyright Tina Weitz Photography – September 2007


Paradise is everywhere, the breeze off the ocean carried the scent of blossoms.  My sister and I really enjoyed the floral aromas, so often it was the abundant Plumeria Trees or the Rainbow Blossoms.


Go to any botanical garden, this photo does not show the wild orchids growing at our feet or that these mountains almost surround us 360 degrees,

I have always loved the scent of white ginger and got to see many of them up close, this plant only grows in the upper elevations of Hawaii.


Lanakai, where the sea turtles swim -“honu”a symbol of long life.  More than likely, the owner of this boat is snorkeling.


Lanakai is one of the top 10 beaches in the world and has the softest sand I have ever had between my toes!


These hula dancing record makers share the joy of the event – the “shaka” hand symbol is a common greeting in Hawaii

Not only did we get to attend the downtown annual Waikiki Festival one evening, that same week was the World Guiness Book of World Records longest hula line with 3,500 participants.  Ladies came from all of the islands, the traditional dress was incredible and the age range was many generations.  A line of color and movement along Waikiki Beach as far as the eyes could see, while Hawaiian music poured out of radios coordinated to provide the dancers with the music and rhythm of the dance.


Sunsets abound, and there were rainbows over the ocean almost every morning.


You may see this surf wagon if you rent a board at the famous North Shore.


The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great place to take the kids, the IMAX on coral reefs is a must see for everyone.