Photography with the Apple 3Gs iPhone_Seeking Experience Through Abstraction

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Last Friday I had a meeting to attend in the city so I had a bit of time for some photography, prior to the commencement of a class I was running later that evening. At the end of class I made a few more images on my way back to the car park.

The image making process continues on the desktop. I utilised Adobe Lightroom 2 to enhance and clarify the intent behind these images. We all photograph things (subject matter or scenes), but the reason why we photograph varies depending on our identity and objectives.

Most folk photograph as a way of documenting an event in which they are observing or participating (birthday, holiday, interesting man-made or natural location, concert, sporting event, etc).

However, enthusiast and professional photographers are rarely happy with a straightforward record of the event. They work hard to understand and utilise technology, light, design and psychology (e.g. working with people) to obtain a higher quality, more pleasing rendition of the scene or subject depicted.

Artists tend to take one of two different approaches. They use photography to comment on and/or ask questions about the world in which we live. Social injustice, poverty, freedom of expression and environmental concerns are examples of such areas of concern. Some documentary photographers use the term The Human Condition to describe this type of work.

Alternatively artists tend to be drawn to particular subject matter and processes as a way of exploring that which exists beyond appearances, beyond logic and beyond explanation. For some the act of creating the artwork is spiritually based. Photography, as a bridge between science and magic, is the vehicle by which these endeavors can be realized.

Of course the differences between one type of photographer and another is not always as simple as I’ve outlined above. Lines of demarcation blur and many find, depending on the day, the customer and the outcome, that they have a foot in more than one camp. No matter where you fit it’s a good idea to sit back every now and again and ask yourself where and how photography fits into your own life. The stronger your reason for photographing the more likely you are to make the act of photography an ever more important part of your life. And, with a camera that’s both available and easy to use, the Apple 3Gs iPhone will allow you to practice your craft even on the busiest of days. This can only serve to open and expand your creative nature.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
Glenn Guy