Keegan Gibbs – Blog

Apple iOs 7 Wallpaper



A few years ago I remember seeing an article on a photographer whose image was licensed by Apple for the background of the new iPad. I always thought it was a cool way to get your photo distributed to the masses. Two months ago while checking my email early in the morning in bed, I almost deleted an email mistaking it as spam or some junk mail. After rereading the two line preview, I opened it and it was from someone in the art department from Apple. Attached was a photo of mine they had pulled off of my website and asked if I was interested in licensing it to them. Well fast forward to yesterday, Apple released the new iOS 7 operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. If you update your phone, or buy a new iPhone, my photo above is one of the stock background options you can select. For the last couple months I didn’t say anything in fear of jinxing it until I actually saw it for myself. Update your phones or iPads etc and take a screenshot and post it and tag me (instagram @keegan_gibbs) ! Pretty pumped that my photo is on potentially tens or hundreds of million peoples phones or devices across the world. Surreal to say the least.

The image was shot a few years ago in Indonesia while on a surf trip in the Mentawai islands. The image is actually upside down, so what looks like the sky is actually under water, the the water surface is just below the surface. I showed this image a few times at different art shows, and the image was also used in a collection with RVCA, used as a T-shirt graphic, a cell phone case and a board short. And now, Apple has extended its life.

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  1. inspired2cr8 said, on September 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Congrats! That must be such a great feeling

  2. Wojciech Welc said, on September 24, 2013 at 9:52 am


  3. Yogi said, on May 31, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hey man, I’m friends with Dan colella and met you a couple times at Hair’s shindigs. I heard about this recently and thought it was so awesome, I even told the whole camera crew I’m on with this show and most of them changed their backgrounds in support of a fellow artist doing big things. Love the surf and msk pics! Take care and I’ll keep checking the blog for other updates.

  4. angelamariacostello said, on April 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Saw your name in the tunnel from pch to Santa Monica.. Impressive work, and how awesome to have your own iPhone background! Congrats on your passion being your success!

  5. Will said, on January 31, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Congrats, I love this image! I came here via an article on Quora. I’ve licensed several wallpapers to MSFT over the years, still a trip to see them around on random screens.

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  7. […] minst två fotografer (Jimmy Chin och Keegan Gibbs) som har haft kontakt med Apple. Gibbs faktiskt bloggade om hur han kontaktades av Apple att licensiera en av hans bilder (den nedan) för iPhone, iPad och […]

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