Like in any artistic profession, it is difficult for photographers to keep the creative juices flowing all the time. An interesting advice I recently read on Dan Bailey’s blog on stretching a photographer’s creative boundary is to shoot with a different device. In his blog, Dan refers to Lisa Bettany, a professional photographer who is currently on a trip around the world with only her iPhone.
I have been following Lisa’s trip from her initial take-off and have been quite impressed by her photographs. Her journey is also a good validation of the growing iphoneography trend. I can’t say I’m comfortable with going on a trip of that magnitude without my DSLR – you never know when something incredible will show up and I just can’t live with the thought of not having my fast, sharp, not to mention incredibly expensive, photographic machine by my side to capture that rare moment of greatness. Nevertheless, I really appreciate what Lisa is doing and her sense of risk and adventure.
Dan’s blog did get me thinking about how much creativity I can get out of my own phone. In a previous post, I shared some photos I’d captured on my Android device. Dan’s advice got me looking through the photo album on my own phone, and thinking about how those photos may have inspired my own creativity:
1. Finding interesting views in ordinary places: the airport in Barcelona (above), the grocery store in Paris (below)My backyard in France (above); walking by everyday structures in Toronto (below)2. Capturing photos in intimate spaces: Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece (above)3. Appreciating the art of food. A chocolatier in London England (above); Fire and Ice restaurant in Boston, USA (below)Cupcakes! (above); Delicious ice cream at Dutch Dreams parlour in Toronto (below)4. Seeing the night in a new light: Aras, France (above); Toronto harbour front (below)
I just love the light in the last photo. This shot has actually inspired me to hang indoor lights, like the ones hanging on the trees, over my bed. So my big questions for you are:
1) Do you think your phone will ever replace your camera?
2) What are some ways your phone can push your photographic creativity?