My images start in my camera. It's always on me. Mobile phone cameras don't do it but I have painted some things from iphone pics. Notably a painting that lives in Bordeaux.
The image was snapped at night through the rear window of a taxi, and it was raining buckets. That was in NYC. The client saw himself as that figure with the umbrella.
When I paint people in scenes they take on personalities. Often people I know. It's great to hear people tell me the stories they see happening.
Eat your heart out!