the first in a series of posts about the beauty of mobile phone photography
You wouldn't need to go back even a year to have found me swearing I would never be writing this post. I certainly wouldn't have expected to be not only writing it but writing it on a mobile.
Of course, it was all out of ignorance, and a little bit of hard-headedness. My only exposure to Instagram was witnessing the inevitable death of creativity as it succumbed to retro-style filters and selfies and photos of feet on beaches. The idea of owning a smart phone almost literally made me vomit. Why were people paying large amounts of money to effectively isolate themselves from the world around them? (note: in many ways, this point still stands)
Having said all this, there had always been a sticking point for me; I had quickly got tired of carrying my chunky DSLR camera around everywhere and was therefore frustrated that I never had it on me. I'm not talking about going on safari. I'm talking about popping down the shops for bread and spotting something interesting about the peeling paint on the florists' walls.
The other schoolboy mistake I made was to assume that creativity was dead. In fact what was happening was the playing field was being leveled. Suddenly everyone could have a go and this has opened up new mines of creativity.
Certainly for me, what it has allowed me to do is experiment. To take risks that more often than not, end up on the "same-old-shit" pile.
But when it works...
One of the most satisfying outcomes for me has been the freedom from a minimum image quality that so often prevents someone like me from publishing a photo. In other words, factors such as composition, the moment and originality take priority over razor sharp definition and how far you can zoom into the final image.
So with my confession and penitence almost done with, I can start to revel in the joys of mobile photography. I'll still have my now even heavier DSLR but I've got a new traveling companion now.
I've added a few more mobile pics below (all taken on a Sony Xperia P - I think it's P) and this is the first of many mobile photo posts, but you can see all of them on my Instagram account
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