Melissa Vincent is a stay-at-home mom in Mississippi who says she found a “passion for creating art” on her iPhone after discovering Instagram in 2011. Today, she creates some rather stunning surreal art, simply by using her smartphone.
She started out exchanging photos with her sister at the time, but Instagram allowed her to tap into a creative side that she hadn’t been able to give voice to before. She fell in love with the possibilities and honed her craft – and, now, she got more than 400,000 followers who fell in love with the photos she’s posted as “misvincent.”
Melissa wrote on Bored Panda, “The social network was new and I loved it immediately. I’ve always been a creative person, but only truly explored that side of myself when I began playing around with apps on my iPhone. My total immersion into all things (iphoneography, Instagram) became an obsession and now in 2015 400K people are following me. I am humbled!”
That in turn caused companies like National Geographic and Dos Equis to come calling, asking her to tag along on trips and post photos of what she saw.
Melissa says she’s frequently asked how she creates her photographs, what her favorite apps are, and if she uses Photoshop. Her answer? “I wouldn’t be able to navigate Photoshop even if I owned one! The only device I shoot and edit my creations with is my iPhone 6 (which was a broken screened iPhone4 for the first year).”
She added, “Recently, I started the hashtag #createdoniphone on Instagram to label my work so people can tell which of my photos have been manipulated on my mobile device. My favorite apps change frequently but currently they are: Snapseed, Superimpose, Alien Sky, Circular, Facetune, Flood, and Retouch.”
Her work is influenced, she notes, by living in the South, with a goal to show a different side of Mississippi to the world.
“I want the viewer to go on a visual trip with me to Oz when they look at my images. Music, travel, nature, and movies also inspire me,” she explained.