All of the photographs on my site were taken with the Iphone camera. I am using different image apps to capture the photographs (645 Pro, Cameramatic, Hipstamatic, 6×7, KingCamera, Big Lens) and then I further edit in camera as well as in Adobe Lightroom. These photographs would fall under the umbrella of Iphoneography. It’s a catchy term, easy to market – however, I feel that it will eventually be a limiting term for what is, in all actuality, just digital photography. The tool might be a slick gadget that performs multiple tasks, but the mechanism acts just like any other digital camera that gathers light through a lens.
My process, due to the intimate size and portability of the Iphone, is to physically use the camera loosely, meaning handheld. And yes, an Iphone can be locked off on a tripod with nifty adaptors, although this is not my style at the moment. Because most of my images are not pre-planned, they are in fact often decided upon very quickly, this translates into a shooting style that is fraught with happenstance. Or “magic” as I like to call it – and I feel that this is both my greatest strength and my greatest weakness. Sometimes you get the shot, sometimes you don’t. And rarely do I get a do-over or repeat of the exact way I perceived a potential photograph upon first impression.
Inevitably, viewers will draw the conclusion, due to the simplicity of the photographs (indeed, it’s an Iphone, after all) – that the work I do is easily done, and, perhaps, easily reproducible. In some sense I agree, as I don’t own the exclusive shooting rights to civic architecture, landscapes, light or shade – and with all the nifty filters bundled with the photo apps these days, a good looking shot is not far away. What are you waiting for – get out and shoot. However, there are certain tenets in photography that definitely make or break an image… composition being the most important. Camera apps don’t help you with this! Shooting images all your life however, does. A small detail in regards to my work; a majority of it is shot while driving (sometimes literally, sometimes pulled over safely). I do not recommend this method – it is not safe.
Ultimately, what I am trying to convey in my photographs is a conversation that I am having with the world around me. Simple images of the familiar: buildings, roads, mountains, palm trees, sky and clouds. Contained within each image is a quiet sensitivity, an intangible “something” that each viewer sees differently – maybe the subtext of a conversation, or, perhaps just a feeling we have in the gut. Quite simply, my process is the search for those in-between moments where light and shade interact with the environment, imbuing the commonplace with uncommon feelings and/or emotions. And it is this elevated vision of that which is simple that I would like to share with people through my photographs.