|Chase Jarvis, Best Camera series, 2009|
|Jeremy Edwards, 2010|
Photographer Jeremy Edwards, has also hopped on the iPhoneography train. Although Edwards' has a nice variety of analog and digital cameras he has gladly included his iPhone 3GS as part of his photographic tools. His cell phone series, From The Pocket, includes environmental portraits, street photography and other images that are spontaneous and discrete. To Edwards, "Mobile photography... offers a truly organic interaction with your subjects that other forms of photography cannot." He understands that many viewers will continues to see iPhoneography as a "playful activity with an inartistic stigma" but hopes that with this return of the point and shoot era we will begin to focus more on content, composition and lighting, and less on the post-processing of the images to "highlight the growing medium with artistic integrity."
|Patrice Elmi, #49, 2007|
Well, it seems to me that Mr. Matkowsky couldn't have been more right. Just last week I saw a flier in my school's art building promoting a local show of photographs from students cell phones. And while looking up more information for this post I found three links advertising shows of cell phone images, two call for entry links, and a handful of contests you can enter your phone pictures in, and that was just with in the first two search pages. It is obvious that slowly but surely iPhoneography is becoming more accepted as an art form and not just a way to capture cool pictures to put on facebook. It is awesome that these photographers have captured such beautiful and well composed photographs from simply using their cell phones. They are still focusing on the important fundamentals of photography keeping a keen eye to composition and lighting, which is what I think makes them stand out from every other person you has downloaded instagram and topped their image with a gradient of unnaturally bright colors.