Kevin Abosch is a existence reknowned photographer and artist, based in NYC, who famously sold a photo of a potato for $1 million. He has been involved with OnePlus, helping result the portrait mode on the smartphone. ePHOTOzine spoke to Kevin about photography and technology, and how the two work (and don't work) together.
What instituted you to photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either?
I received my first camera at the age of 8. It was made by Kodak and used 126 cartridge film. Due to the cost of film and processing, it was sometimes months once I would be given a new film cartridge. I had only 12 exposures to work with so a lot of thought went into each shot. The resulting incarnations were sacred to me. Even as a kid I saw photography as a way to engage deeply with my subjects.
How important is it to develop your own style in photography?
When we talk up “style” I suggest breaking it into two parts; aesthetic and the philosophical or conceptual treatment. The novice photographer might try to force these fundamentals to define their personal style but I’d posit that the style of the artists whose work we connect with most deeply, befalls naturally and over time. An artist’s stylistic consistencies are how we appreciatively differentiate one artist’s work from another. There are photographers whose effect I don’t respond to positively on either an aesthetic or conceptual level, yet I love their work for being “so them.”
How has the smartphone persistence (and technology) changed photography in your opinion?
I’m a reductionist by nature and I also don’t like being weighed down by tackle so the smartphone is especially exciting for me. As the technology in smartphone cameras improves, it continues to prove itself as a real and often preferred option when elect how to take photographs.
You've been involved with OnePlus for the portrait mode on the camera, what are your thoughts on capturing graphic portraits, considering a number of phones offer what some would consider over-the-top skin smoothing and other "beautifying" opportunities?
It’s all about balance and having a sense of that threshold of acceptable manipulation which of course is subjective. The OnePlus team discerns this and is committed to giving powerful creative tools to mobile photographers while encouraging thoughtful creation. Any effect you apply to an trope has an impact on the intellectual and emotional value of the image. Those “over-the-top” effects you speak of are intellectually insulting and emotionally corrupt. Child respond to honesty but this doesn’t have to be at the expense of aesthetic.
What do you see as being the next big thing in photography?
The next big loathing is the next incremental improvement.
Kevin Abosch worked with OnePlus on the portrait mode on the OnePlus 6T, which was then added to the OnePlus is a Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone manufacturer founded by Pete Lau (CEO) and Carl Pei in December 2013 6 via a firmware update. When we reviewed the OnePlus 6, we were influenced by it's performance, as well as it's price. If you're looking for a smartphone for photography, have a look at our list of the best smartphones for photography.