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New Official Wallpapers for Windows Phone | Levi Freeman's blog

New Official Wallpapers for Windows Phone

This is the short account of the story behind how my photographs ended up on Windows Phone. It explains the beginnings, meetings and the joy of shooting with my camera knowing full well that millions of people will perhaps set them as their own lock screen wallpaper. As well as the wallpapers themselves.

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I am a Graphic Designer, learning everyday, experimenting all the time. I studied at the University of the Arts London at the London College of Communication. I always loved taking pictures, it was something about the beauty of the still image and the detail that you miss when always on the move. We were encouraged at LCC to quite frequently take photographs of patterns, typography or use of colour out in the wild; that we should print and cut them out to stick them in a notebook or some sort. I took pictures of much more than that. I remember being teased by my good friend and fellow Graphic Designer Ali Freeman (no relation but she cracks the brother from another mother joke when ever we meet) that I always took macro close up shots. Those type of shots intrigued me, like looking up at the skies at night and marvelling the stars but instead looking down at what’s around you. I would be fascinated by the detail of pencil nibs, sand grains on a beach and the petals of a flower – they certainly made for good photographs.

I decided to use one of my images on my phone as a lock screen wallpaper. My girlfriend took a liking to it and she asked to have it on her phone. She now has a rose as her lock screen wallpaper…till this day! I thought to myself “if she likes it, others may too.” So I selected some existing photos, tested them on my phone and then released them on my blog. The post is still there as well as the images…and that rose.

It transpired that not only did user’s like them, Microsoft themselves liked them so much they contacted me. The fanboy inside me almost got a heart attack, I was in disbelief. I was contacted via email by Albert Shum, the Windows Phone Design Studio General Manager at Microsoft who explained that he “really enjoy” my work, “especially the recent wallpapers” that I made for people with Windows Phones.

Conversations between me and the Windows Phone Design team developed; I was in contact frequently with Nancy Xu, the Windows Phone Design Program Manager. Through a conference call and many emails and attachments over the course of a year, my collaboration resulted in a series of lock screen wallpapers. The result of which is right here for you to download.

Use your phone (search > tap the eye for Bing Vision > point and tap the link that appears, then save to phone phone and set as wallpaper) to scan the tags.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 1

The first photograph was taken the earliest and predates the contact made with Microsoft. It was taken early on a frosty spring weekend in Basingstoke. I spent an hour taking photographs of the frost bitten environment; snapping the tree twigs, frozen barks chippings, a frozen bin tops etc.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 2

The second photograph was taken in Bromley The deep red colours and unique structure made for a beautiful picture, composing it proved a little tricky but from the result of many shots I was able to select this one.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 3
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The ladybird image is one of my favourites, it was also a test to see what my camera could achieve with its in built post processing effects. I prefer to shoot raw and do any post processing afterwards on my computer, so as to not lock myself into a particular style and atmosphere. But on this occasion I wanted to see the quality and effect of the image. I even shot a video which the camera is also able to apply the effect.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 4

The third is of a bench in Bromley, what you don’t see in this image is impressive backdrop of houses in the distance. This bench and the spot where I was standing was elevated quite high up compared to the surrounding area, if you were to walk a couple of metres ahead of the bench you would have been met with a rather steep decline.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 5

This shot is one of my aforementioned macro/close up shots that I like to take, particularly of nature. This is the bark of a tree. With this shot like some of the others I had the lock screen in mind and purposely kept the bottom left part of the image out of focus.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 6
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The boat image was taken by the Thames. I was intrigued by the detail and character it possessed and one of the shots I had matched the requirements of an image for the lock screen as the object appears most prominently detailed on the right.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 7

This image is another Bromley photograph, with an interesting bark slicing through the frame.

Official Windows Phone Tango Lockscreen Wallpaper 8

The last is a calming image, another Bromley image, with the playful leaves peeking out from the right amongst an out of focus backdrop of trees and bushes.

Hope you enjoy these wallpapers, hope this post wasn’t too Steven Sinofsky in length, it was a pleasure to work with Microsoft and to have people around the world on Windows Phone enjoy them too. I will be making these available for desktops in the near future so check back here soon.

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