Before I received an iPhone for my birthday last month (thanks mom), I would criticize photos taken with cell phone cameras as being too dark and blurry.
But like most people, I found I could not resist the instant gratification of immediately uploading the photos on the internet.
And I found that although the pictures might not come out perfect, there is a certain pureness about them that I like.
For those of you who are my Facebook friends, you are probably aware of my iPhone photo project and have probably seen these photos as well as others I have taken with the iPhone.
This is how I described the project on Facebook:
This is an experiment in the making, an attempt to turn iPhone photography into a new art medium.
Taking photos with an iPhone camera brings photography back to the basics, stripping it of all the added features that I have become accustomed to with my digital SLRs.
There is no flash, no zoom, no metering, no aperture dial, no exposure setting, no tripod mount.
It is a very raw form of photography. Not much different than when Henri Cartier-Bresson stalked the streets of Paris with his Leica Rangefinder.
The only difference is that I am able to post the photos online immediately after I shoot them, a feature that not even my high-end SLRs have.
Basically, it’s a challenge. And I’ve found that people are much less intimidated when I am shooting with an iPhone than when I am shooting with my SLRs (but my iPhone also has a voice recorder in case anybody decides to harass me).
I am essentially documenting my daily meanderings with my iPhone. It’s my way of showing the world how I view the world. My way of showing the world what draws my attention.
My way of capturing the city where I was born and raised.
Most of these photos have had some processing through the iPhone application created by Chase Jarvis, which is definitely not on par with Photoshop but it works on the whim.
The above photo, which is my favorite so far, did not go through any processing.
Check out the rest below. Tell me which one is your favorite.