I’ve written before about the inevitable progression of cell phone photography (phoneography) and I am far from the only person to do so. Last March was “Phoneography Month” and even WordPress’s own have written about the pros and cons of this emerging art.
I still much prefer the heft of a camera, as opposed to a tiny pocket phone; it gives me a sense of purpose and concentration. When I have my DSLR my intent is clear, I am there to take photos, that’s my activity, that is what I am doing. Sometimes though, I don’t have it / I didn’t bring it for numerous reasons. Life moves quickly and more often than not something unexpected occurs (if its more often than not….is it still unexpected?) Phoneography is quick and immediate. I have countless unedited pictures from a January trip to Japan and a February trip to Vietnam sitting on my PC, but with my phone I capture the image, edit it, and post it online immediately Neat, quick, and simple. I also love all the new opportunity shots that I am able to take because I had my phone with me. For me, Phoneography has a different feel to it than the traditional variety. It’s more of a reflection of your daily life, snapshots of memories and activities. They might not necessarily present a wonderful photo opportunity but the event was significant enough that you felt it warranted documentation. Instagram (the most popular phone photo sharing app) is such a wonderful name for this burgeoning field, as these shots are truly ‘instants’ or moments that might have otherwise been lost.