On January 9th 2007 the iPhone was born and changed photography and the camera market forever.
Five years later there are millions of camera phone enthusiasts and mobile photography has gone mainstream. People can now visually document every experience and event in their lives and share those moments through social media.
iPhoneography/mobile photography is, at its essence, a form of mobile art and expression. In the words of Chase Jarvis “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Your phone is always with you, ready to capture the little moments of life that might otherwise go unrecorded.
Its portability, ease of use, and availability has helped to nudge photography into popular culture even more than before. People are capturing images that express what they’re seeing, where they are, what they’re feeling, and what’s going on around them.
I left my DSLR at home this past summer when I traveled to France and exclusively used my iPhone to capture all the images from my trip. It was freeing to walk around without any heavy gear and be able to spontaneously capture the little details of the city that caught my attention. I was captivated by the ornate decorations on the doors and took a whole series of image on just that subject. It forced me to really step back and notice my surroundings.
Mobile Photography/iPhoneography is less about the camera and more about the person using it. The images you capture with your camera phone can be intimate, documentary, spontaneous, or just fun, but they are from the heart because they are in the moment. What I also love about mobile photography is that it encourages creative vision and allows us to play with our images in countless ways through apps and filters.
What about you, are you a mobile photographer? And if so what are some of your favorite apps?