Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Making art with an iPhone? One of My iPhone Photos will be featured in a Gallery!

It's no secret that I love taking photos with my phone. Yes I always carry my DSLR with me but it's my iPhone that I tend to pull out first if I'm out and don't already have my Nikon around my neck. That's something that is pretty new for me...and by "new" I mean that only over the last year or so have I really used my iPhone for something other than a silly point-and-shoot. I've come to rely on my iPhone as, well,...my eye. And, I've learned in the process that what "they" say about the best camera is the one you have is pretty spot-on.

I read that one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Chase Jarvis, said that as an artist, he felt more free with the little camera built into his iPhone than he ever had with other cameras and that somehow, he had recovered an innocence lost, and was able to see the world anew.  That pretty much sums up how I feel about my camera phone.  No worrying about my settings, no worrying about the light or anything else for that matter.  I try to be as creative as I normally would but I push myself even more because of the inherent limitations of shooting with a phone.  When I was a girl I had this little purple Le Clic camera that I took with me every where. I lost it when I was just about to start junior high school and I was so sad. I lost it with a roll of film inside and when I think about it now I remember how sad I felt over it. When I think about losing my iPhone before backing it up (I used to do it much more often) I feel like I did when I was twelve years old looking for my Le Clic. I love that thing!

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I learned that this photo, taken with my iPhone on a very cold and very wet and snowy day in Manhattan, was selected as one of 34 images that will be featured at the Artspace [at Untitled] Gallery in Oklahoma City. The exhibit runs from July 29th to October 1st and I really hope that there is a reader out there who lives nearby who will make it and take some photos for me since I won't be able to make it myself!

Copyright 2010 Monica L. Shulman
Photo of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street and Broadway.  I took my iPhone out instead of my DSLR because it was snowing and it was freezing and very slippery out.  I whipped out my phone when I looked down on the sidewalk trying to figure out the best place to try to cross the street.  The puddles were so enormous and so deep that I contemplated walking to the next block to try to cross.  I couldn't believe how beautiful the mess looked until I stopped to admire it.  I waited for people to cross so that I could get their reflection in because I loved the scale. I took this with my iPhone 3G and converted to black and white using the Mobile Photoshop App.

Are you as obsessed with your camera phone as I am?

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