"surf | punta.mita.mexico #travel #surf #sunset #mexico #puntamita #color #photography", 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 9 x 9"

“surf | punta.mita.mexico #travel #surf #sunset #mexico #puntamita #color #photography”, 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 9 x 9″

Chip Litherland

As a photojournalist, I was once a critic of mobile photography. I didn’t see it as real photography, a bit thoughtless and trendy, but moreover stretching the truth. Once I began using it, I fell in love with the medium I once loathed, and it became one of my biggest tools in my camera bag.

My work is almost always double, triple, or quadruple exposed for numerous reasons, but first and foremost I want to make pictures that don’t exist in reality and make the viewer see something they haven’t before. That is hard as millions of photos are uploaded, tweeted, and shared everyday by the general public.  I want to push the beauty, the form, the color, of what I see into something truly unique. I carry my phone with my everywhere, collecting scraps of textures, light, and random moments that I later compose and collage for hours on the phone until something works like I want. All of my post is done 100% on the phone, which is actually filled with thousands of photos that have yet to see the light of day.

Ultimately, color drives my vision and makes me see the world in vibrant hues and different temperatures of light. If color isn’t working, I generally consider it a failure. Hopefully through these images, you’ll see my brain reacting to the world around me and devouring the color that makes me hungry to search it out and make something completely different.

Chip Litherland (Sarasota, Fl) is an award-winning photographer with over twelve years of experience working in photojournalism and commercial photography. He is a regular contributor to ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Entrepreneur Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and USA Today. His commercial clients include LEGOLAND Florida, Space Coast TDC, Universal Orlando, and Promethean Inc. His work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Southern Short Course, and the National Press Photographer’s Association.