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Mobile Photography and Music by @hipstaedit

The first Mobile Photo Challenge by was won by Marc (@hipstaedit on Instagram) one week ago.

The theme of the challenge was Music.

People entering the photo contest had to listen to the sound Track “I’m your man” by Leonard Cohen and then had to submit their best picture in harmony with the lyrics.

It is not a surprise to see Marc as the winner of this challenge. Almost everyday, his passion for music pushes him to associate music and photography on Instagram.

In this post, an interview with Marc explaining his passion and why Music has an important influence on his photographic work.

In addition, we wanted to put you into Marc’s mind when he takes his photographs, so we have selected three of his images which are presented along with the Sound Tracks that inspired him when shooting. Just click on the red arrow to play the sound track.


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The winning photograph (Just click on the red arrow to play the song)

Here are the reasons of our choice :

– The image fits the song: the man is mysterious but inspires confidence. He emerges from manhood.
– The picture leaves room for imagination.
– Composition, contrasts, atmosphere are great.
– The editing with the two red analog meters and the central equalizer puts us into a musical context.


INTERVIEW | P: Pierre M: Marc

P: Marc, could you tell us about this winning photograph?

M: The picture submitted to the Challenge was taken (like most of my pictures) against the light in the entrance of a tunnel.
Once I have  spotted the place, I wait quietly for a prey. I have some interesting pictures of this place …
The silhouette of this man goes quite well (in my opinion) with the music.
I love to take photographs  under extreme lights such as those in subways.


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P: What is your relationship to music ? why do you do a link between photo and Music on Instagram?

M:  I cannot live without music. Every moment of my life has its own musical imprint. I am surrounded by many people working in this environment (musicians, producers, critics). Music is my passion.
To dress a photo with a sound allows you to bring additional informations, a mood, a color,… A picture that seems to be a little bit rough at first sight may be defused thanks to music. Music can also give more substance to a photo. In most cases, the sound track indicated below my image posted on Instagram is the one I was listening to when I took the photograph. Yes! Before being a camera and possibly a phone, my Iphone is especially an iPod.


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P: What are your musical tastes ?

M: My musical tastes are extremely varied. Before the music it is rather the sounds that make me vibrate. To make it simple, indie music and electronic music are my favorites. I often revisit the rich period of the 80’s.


P: You have a special editing touch. Does that come from your professional activity? Can you tell us about your relationship to images in general ?

M: I work in Brussels in the field of media advertising.
I have been interested in photography as a hobby since I was 20. My equipment has evolved according to my means. My favorite subjects have always been urban shots, a few abandoned places or more graphic details.
The iPhone has disrupt the field of photography. Having a camera always with you creates new opportunities!


P: Music aside, where do you find inspiration ?

M: My inspirations are many. I’m a big fan of Martin Paar and of course everything related to street photography. There are many photographers that I admire on Instagram too!


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P: What are your favorite apps for shooting and editing ?

M: I love to try new things, but finally I always use the same applications.
Hipstamatic most often, ProCamera, and lately 645PRO + Camera for shooting. For post-production, I use Photogene ², Filterstorm, Image Blender, Afterfocus and Photoshop Express.
I often edit my photos by assembling several frames whether for light work or to incorporate other elements. The ubiquitous square format in IG is a standing invitation to creativity.
P: Thank you Marc, and congrats !

PS : New mobile photo challenges coming soon. Stay tuned !