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In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve really taken to my little iPhone camera. I’m using the Hipstamatic App which is modeled after toy film cameras such as the Holga and Diana. All of the treatment is done in-camera.

I love it because all I have to do is shoot. The process involves little post-production and the camera is so simple and, ironically for the technological wonder that is the iPhone, crude. Crude in the sense that there are no manual controls whatsoever while the viewfinder is small and imprecise.

In a way it almost doesn’t feel like photography because it’s so simple. On the other hand, if feels like the most pure form of photography that I can do. The process is so carefree in a way that I almost feel guilty.

This latest round of shots was taken in my neighborhood and in a nearby urban section of town.


A Stephen Shore inspired photo.


2 Responses to “Walkabout”

  1. Red Photo Says:

    JOhn, I like the look and feel of these image. Are the files large enough to use further, like print?

  2. John Says:

    They’re 5 megapixel so they can be printed as big as I’d like. I’ve done an 8×8 test that looked good. Granted the images are soft and degraded from the very beginning so they’re not going to look like anything out of an SLR. That’s part of the charm though.

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