Better Living Through Manipulation

iPhones, camera apps and Pop Art

I joined Flickr in October 2007. At the time it felt like I was a late comer.

As I have certain obsessive tendencies, I had resisted the urge to join for well over a year.

I was concerned I would go down that rabbit hole and not come up for air for….years. And that, folks, is why I’ve never tried meth and don’t have Angry Birds on my phone. Nopie nope. Can’t do it.

Ah, what wonders to behold.

But I did join and I’m glad I did. The dizzying scope and array of artistic talent and vision presented on Flickr is staggering.

One of the first people I noticed and marked as a contact on Flickr was Barky aka Mark Schreiner, and his was one of the first images I ‘favorited’.

The Duck and The Dolphin – Copyright © Mark Schreiner. All rights reserved.

Mark’s work has a fantastic, shall we say lurid quality I find very appealing. It’s fun, bright, cheeky and dripping with slurpy color goodness.

It finally dawned on me that I would like to know a little bit more about this person  whose work I’ve been following for 5 years.

Road trip![…]

10 Best iPhone Camera Apps Besides Instagram

At least according to The Huffington Post

I found this interesting article about iPhone camera apps whilst stumbling about The Information Super Highway.

According to The Huffington Post, aside from Instagram, the following 10 camera apps are the best:

      • Hipstamatic
      • Camera+
      • IncrediBooth
      • CameraSharp
      • Fast Camera
      • Group Shot
      • CamWow
      • Pro HDR
      • Gif Boom
      • Flixel

Read the entire article and watch the video for Group Shot below:

The More Things Change…

The More They Stay the Same.

Woman. Girl. Female. Gal. Femme fatale. Saint. Slut. Virgin. Maiden. Tramp. Trollop. Whore. Strumpet. Slattern. Mother. Daughter. Dyke. Wife. Sister. Grandmother. Skinny bitch. Fat cow. Dog faced. Blubber butt. Thunder thighs. Pure as the driven snow. Fallen woman. Temptress. Sweet heart. Bride. Darling. Beloved. Chubby. Homely. Ugly. Plain Jane. Handsome. Bull dagger. Fatty. Sheela NaGig. Ingenue. Teen. Tween. Buxom. Busty. Prostitute. Starlet. Tart. Cunt. Witch. Hag. Call girl. Doll. Moll. Fish wife. Haridan. Vixen. Catty. Widow. Pubescent. Nubile. Crone. Old bag. Bag lady. Flirt. Tease. Prick tease. Frigid. Bitch. Party girl. Lesbian. Loose. Faithful. Long suffering. Harlot. Nag. Ball and chain. Old bat. Help mate. Bimbo. Good girl. Wicked. Black Widow. Delilah. Curvaceous. Plump. Fat. Pig. Porker. Sow. Lithesome. Lady. Madame. Mistress. Courtesan. Nurse Rached. Babe. Medusa. Goddess. Working girl. Street walker. Cougar. Lolita. Big boned. Girl friend. Fat ass. Little woman. Bad girl. Divorcee’. Queen. Princess. Dowager. Lover. Nurse maid. Old maid. Nymph.

What am I on about now? This.

Once you see, you can never not see.

Free Vintage Photographs

As well as some awesome postcards and illustrations.

I love digital collaging and am always looking for sources of inspiration.

I have a library of old family photographs, and sometimes use those in my creations.

For example, here’s a piece I did entitled Storm Gatherer, using a photograph of my mother and her older sister, from way back in the day.

But sometimes we all want something new.

Or old, as the case may be.

Free vintage photographs, postcards and illustrations.

While stumbling down various and sundry internet rabbit holes, I tripped up on Vintage Printable, a website that describes itself thusly:

“We provide free, public domain/out-of-copyright images for you to print or download. Most of the images are vintage naturalist or scientific illustration, but there are loads of other images, too.”

It’s an awesome site, with searchable galleries in all these different areas:

  • Animal
  • Art
  • Botanical
  • Color
  • Entertainment
  • Environment
  • Geopolitical
  • Juvenile
  • Medieval
  • Printed
  • Science
Check it out. Maybe it’ll trigger a creative burst of energy. It’s where I found my octopus.


Inspiration from Old Photographs

“I’d like to be under the sea…

In an octopus’ garden in the shade. He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been, in his octopus’ garden in the shade”  Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr

Original Inspiration

I found this vintage photograph and postcard while browsing a few free online sites. The octopus postcard came from Vintage Printable.

Asheville Commercial Photographer Deborah Wolfe

Asheville Commercial Photographer Deborah Wolfe

Other Elements I Happened to Have on Hand


Asheville Commercial Photographer Deborah Wolfe

Asheville Commercial Photographer Deborah Wolfe

Asheville Commercial Photographer Deborah Wolfe



Asheville Commercial Photographer Deborah Wolfe

In From the Deep – © 2012 Deborah Wolfe

If you would like to view it larger, click the image above or click here.

Other examples of digital collage:

My Daughter as Marie Antoinette

The Oracle Consults Her Muse

Digital Art – Blurring the Boundaries


Win a new iPhone 5

Buy DPS’s new book before October 2, 2012 and be eligible to win a new iPhone 5

Last week I wrote a little review on Digital Photography School’s newest book, iPhone Photography – Shoot, Edit and Share.

Since that review, DPS has decided to sweeten the pot for those who purchase the book.

Buy BEFORE October 2, save 25% off the retail price AND be eligible to win a new iPhone 5.

Win new iPhone 5

Just click the photo of the iPhone or this link to the book, iPhone Photography, to purchase your copy, save $5 and qualify to win the iPhone 5.

It’s a great book, and good luck on the contest!



Yet more iPhone fun.

Last week I reviewed the new Digital Photography School book on iPhone photography, entitled appropriately enough, iPhone Photography.

Since I received my copy, I’ve been avidly consuming the information and imagery. I’m AMAZED at all the different techniques and apps you can use.

Behind the times? Who? Me?

I admit to being a bit behind the times with all the iPhone camera hoop-rah. That’s probably because I’ve been a professional commercial photographer for so long, and SLR/DSLRs with interchangeable lenses have been the holy grail for eons.

Consider me a convert. I’ve decided to challenge myself to learn all I can about this emerging and exciting field of photography.

I’ve already downloaded the ProCamera app that Misho Baranovic (author of iPhone Photography) says is his favorite app, onto my iPhone and have been learning all the bells and whistles

But what about Bokeh?

As I have already stated over at, I LOVE me some bokeh.

Well, imagine my surprise to learn you don’t have to give it up just because you’ve hung up your DSLR. Check out the Bokehful app!

Bokehful iPhone app

I’m not so sure about the heart shaped bokeh, but hey….who am I to judge?

The best part?

Apps are CHEAP! Woo Hooooooooooooo!!!

Buy you some. Matter of fact, buy 2 or 10 or 20.

I feel like I’ve just discovered the super secret entrance to the world’s largest fire sale.