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iPhoneography
August 19, 2011, 11:33 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project

On Thursday I went to the Apple Store in Covent Garden to listen to a talk from the iPhoneorapher, Gordon Fraser. I thought going to this event maybe worth while as I’m looking to make a documentary using an iPhone for my specialist project. After the event, I felt more inclined to want to pursue using an iPhone to film with. However, I’m unsure wether I should think about using an adapter that will allow me to attach dslr lenses onto the iPhone. Although this will enable me to capture really cinematic shots on my phone, I do feel I should work within the limits of the device and see if I can produce something without the need of external accessories. Plus, like most iPhoneographers, they don’t revert to using lens adapters; just the iPhone.

London Eye - Image by Gordon Fraser

Gordon was originally a traditional photographer after receiving a film camera from a relative. The presentation took us on a small journey on how he moved on from using a traditional film camera, to a digital camera and then to a smartphone. He spoke about how borrowing an iPhone from a friend unleashed a new creativity within, and how this has lead to him winning awards and having his work exhibited internationally. Throughout his talk, he demonstrated  how you can take better images on the iPhone by using specify photographic applications.  As well as presenting his own work to us, Gordon also showed work from other well known iPhoneographers such as, Aik Beng Chia.

Aik is responsible for creating a series of iphone photographs entitled, I’m No Banksy. This project has Chia photoshopping the famous graffiti artist’s pieces onto images he took of people on the streets of Singapore. The results are humorous interactive wall pieces between the strangers and the artwork. Chia was inspired to do this project after seeing that Banksy never completed a stencil in Singapore.

I’ve been using my iPhone quite a lot recently to take photos with. The photo above was a photo I took on my iPhone, just outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden. I have more of my own iPhone photography on my flickr profile.

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