User Spotlight: kokorage

tumblr_inline_n2lf6c2TQC1rmon24

Sometimes when we look at the Pixlr on Flickr group we’ll see a photo we immediately recognize for its unique blur-heavy style. Yep, that’s kokorage. He makes some very beautiful stuff out of his photos. We tracked him down to learn a little bit more about him and the wonderful images he shares with us.

tumblr_inline_n0zz5tsgd41rmon24

For Kai Rennert (aka kokorage on Flickr), photography is a hobby that he continuously experiments with, usually with his dSLR camera. From looking at his Flickr photostream, it’s clear he has a way with moody, blurred out, impressionistic scenes. He loves minimalism, monochrome images, abstractness, the city, nature, trees, and industry — to pick a few themes in his work.

tumblr_inline_n0zz86S6XH1rmon24

We really love how he can take a photo and use blur in a pretty substantial way to remove all the detail but preserve a whole bunch of feeling.

tumblr_inline_n0zz779xSO1rmon24

He’s especially good at using effects to make some of his photos look like impressionistic paintings.

tumblr_inline_n0zz94UewE1rmon24

It’s clear that he likes to add a lot of atmosphere to these images, and he says he started doing all that on the computer, which was pretty time intensive. As a father and overall busy person, he found he didn’t always have time to edit images in a time-intensive way, but he’s since moved some of his workflow with editing images to his phone, which of course he can do almost anywhere in his spare time.

tumblr_inline_n0zzel5jfY1rmon24

Kai told us his two tools of choice are Pixlr Express and Snapseed, which he often uses in combination. In our experience, nearly everyone who is a fan of photo apps has at least four or five of them on their phones at the ready, and we love to see the results of how these apps are combined.

tumblr_inline_n0zz9pMB9c1rmon24

Kai’s photos almost remind us of days past when we used to develop black-and-white photos in a darkroom. His images share some of the looks you might see from grainy, moody, high-speed 3200-speed film.

tumblr_inline_n0zzc3mKwf1rmon24

All these lovely photos are ultimately about how Kai deals with light and detail. Whether it’s dark and grainy and moody or bright and blurry, he takes and shares some lovely photos. He’s totally worth following!