Our friend Beppe, better known on Instagram as @platykor3d, creates a wealth of the most beautiful surreal imagery. Creating at a remarkable pace, Beppe constructs art that is intriguing, mysterious, wild and complex. We truly admire his dedication to creation and also the brainwork and imagination required to invent such incredible pieces with such consistency. We chatted with him about life, art and Mextures and put it all together for you below. Read along!
My name is Beppe and I use my nickname "Plat-Ykor" from the 1991. I'm a 41-year-old Italian and I live in Como, near Milan.
I am a textile designer and I use Photoshop from the first editions, but only for about two years. I've decided to make my edits only with my iPhone 6. Indeed, all of my edits, (Except for the last 2 or 3), are made exclusively with iPhone apps.
I love my job, and I would always do it, even though the textile situation is not excellent.
When drawing, I love to eat chocolate.
WHAT TWO CELEBRITIES WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE YOUR PARENTS?
I don't know what celebrities would be good parents, but for sure I would like to have Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski as a sister...
IF YOU COULD TRY OUT ANY JOB FOR A WEEK, WHAT JOB WOULD YOU TRY?
If I could try out any job for a week I would like to journey to Mars in a NASA space mission to study everything about the planet; the life, the availability of Martian resources, including oxygen. Mars is an amazing planet and the future of exploration. For my great technological/astronomical passion, this would be awesome.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY/DESIGN?
When I was twelve I started to engage with electronics. From there, the pace to the first computers was quick. With the first versions of Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop I approached the graphics, then there was a period of "pause "a few years ago. I worked as a graphic designer and finally ten years ago I came to the textile industry and became a textile designer.
I am passionate about astronomy. I follow any thematic documentary, on tv and on the net. I also love geology and research fossils. I love electronics and robotics. My home has small devices made by me, scattered in the strangest corners. Nothing extraordinary, but each one adds a touch of “me".
I really love MotoGP. I love the controversy between Valentino and Marquez, and although I am "old", soon I will buy a bike. For a long time I’ve wanted to do that.
HOW DO YOU GENERALLY APPROACH YOUR EDITING PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH?
When I start an editing job, it's because something inspired me; the scene of a movie, a song, a girl sitting at a cafe, a couple on the lake shore, or a memory that is sad or wonderful. Here, the image I have in mind begins to take shape so I begin looking for something on Unsplash that can fit the background of my thinking. I change the starting image several times until I decide which one works best to reflect what I want to convey. Then I open Union and start to superimpose a character for the scene. I add more and more congruent details, paying attention to lights and shadows, although it's not always easy to find objects with the same direction of lighting for the scene I have in mind.
When I'm satisfied with the created scene, I open Snapseed to give a classic atmosphere in my works, playing on the hues and shades; sometimes hot, sometimes cold, depending on the scene. At this point, I often pass the image through Mextures where I add light effects and texture if the scene allows.
Finally, the most important and longest part: the title. Almost all of my works have a specific title which helps those who look at the picture to understand the scene. I spend a lot of time here to be honest. For me, the title is more important than the work itself. In fact, I always hope people read it because it is exactly what completes the perfect interpretation of the work itself.
WOULD YOU WALK US THROUGH YOUR MEXTURES PROCESS FOR ONE OF YOUR IMAGES?
For this image, I used Union to clean and overlay the various levels. At this point I took the whole picture into Snapseed to create a dreamlike effect that is the standard of my works.
Then I open Mextures and apply the following filters: from the Grunge family I apply the BINDING and FROZEN overlays to give a lived effect. I use FROZEN to create a blue atmosphere, which comes slightly from above. Now, from the Emulsion family, I apply the FORD overlay to add scratches and the emulsion effect of film. Finally, from the Vintage Gradients family I apply TWILIGHT, which allows for a further effect of cold blue light and also a slight vignetting effect, which gives a further atmosphere.
Now I choose the title. This part takes a long time and I add it with Snapseed.
That’s all. Now the image is ready to be published!
PICK TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE PIECES THAT YOU'VE CREATED: WHAT IS IT ABOUT THEM THAT MAKES THEM STAND OUT TO YOU?
I think that what leads me back to these works of mine is the creation of new perspectives of famous monuments or glimpses of architecture by using them as a frame. The prospective escape point often falls into fantastic "space landscapes".
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CREATE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE?
As I said before, what inspires me most is music, film, particular situations and everything that can give me an emotion so that I can try to share it with the observer.
IF YOU COULD STEAL CREDIT FOR ONE INSTAGRAM FEED, WHOSE WOULD IT BE?
An artist I admire so much is @eleathar, Francesco Dell'orto. He’s a great artist and a dear friend and everyone can find him right here in the Mextures Journal. His style is unique and his work, created with iPhone alone, is wonderful. You will not find it now on Instagram, since he has decided to take a break, but he will come back and we are all waiting for him.
It has been thanks to him and to the artists I will list below, that a year ago I created @Awesome_Surreal, which is a hub that showcases the best works of the best artists, and I recommend you visit it. You will not regret it.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MOST INSPIRED YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY OR PEOPLE YOU FEEL HAVE MENTORED YOU IN YOUR PROCESS?
Some of the artists who give me inspiration are:
All of them have a particular and fantastic style. I highly recommend visiting their Feeds.
Check out more of Beppe’s work here!