Graphic designer and amateur photographer with a passion for iphonography.
Cara Gallardo Weil was born in Hong Kong to Filipino parents who moved there in the early 60s to work in publishing. Her early life was spent in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. She studied graphic design in London and spent more than 20 years there before returning to Hong Kong, where she currently resides.
Her hipstamatic work has been featured in the global photography project, ‘Adventures in Hipstaland’, run by the developers of the Hipstamatic app, 'Adventures in Hipstaland Hong Kong' in November 2010, 'Adventures in Hipstaland Tuscany' in July 2011 and 'Adventures in Hipstaland El Nido, Palawan in January 2012.
She was recently included in the list of ‘5 Amazing Hipstamatic Photographers’ by Business Insider and one of her images 'Double Crossing' was selected for inclusion in Mashable’s ’10 stunning Hipstamatic iPhone Photos’.
In July 2011, one of her photographs, “Waiting for a Train” was included in the top 20 of the National Geographic/Hipstamatic contest “Life in a Day”. 18,000 submissions were narrowed down to 100 by Hipstamatic, and from that selection, National Geographic chose their top 20 hipstamatic photographs which were screened at the premier of the documentary “Life in a Day”.
Her book, 'Moments in Hong Kong, A Hipstamatic Journey', was a People's Choice nominee in Blurb's Photography Book Now 2011 contest.
Her work has been included in the following exhibitions:
Hipstamatics: An exhibition for Hipstamatics, 11 January–13 February 2011, Orange Dot Gallery, London, UK
Pixels, the Art of iPhone Photography, 31 March–28 April 2011, Orange County Centre of Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, USA
touring to the Arty Gallery, Los Angeles and the Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley
Hipstamatic! Retro pictures with your iPhone App, 29 April–26 June 2011, Kunsthall, Rotterdam, Holland
WiAM (Worldwide iPhoneography Art Movement) first exhibition, 24 February-26 February 2012, Naples Italy
iPhoneography exhibition at the IX Gallery in Toronto, Canada
27 April - 25 May, part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
HeadOn Festival of Photography, Sydney, Australia
4th May - 3rd June 2012
LA Mobile Arts Festival, Santa Monica Art Studios, USA
18 - 26 August 2012
App Wars Exhibition, 3rd Space, San Diego, USA
17th November 2012