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  • Art and its Many Devices

    5
    By imbookbound
    If you’ve ever lingered over an image framed on your iPhone screen to coax out a different angle of light, or found yourself reaching for your iPhone to capture an image just because it struck you, you’re likely to find both validation and inspiration in this artfully designed book. Simple in its execution and powerful in its purpose, this book showcases noteworthy images submitted by photographers using only an iPhone as a camera. Competition rules don’t allow Photoshop or other desktop image processing but does allow iPhone-installed photo apps like CameraBag. The images cover a broad range of categories, including everything from flowers and sunsets to lifestyle and social commentary. Photographs of flowers and sunsets have never quickened my heart, but I have to admit to being stopped in mid-screen swipe by one or two eye-catching examples. The IPPA Awards series of books is also a nice preview for anyone interested in the Mobile Photography movement. Beyond a photographer’s name, no other content accompanies the images. The lack of even minimal biography heightens the expectation that images must ’speak for themselves' and the reader is free to judge for themselves. Of course, that’s just how it worked out for me. I’m pretty sure no bio or other info is ever submitted by the winners, a big argument for why it’s not really there. But it suits the subject matter and the device and the result is a nice, clean user experience with nothing to distract from the purpose at hand. Check out the Georgina Rojas photo of a small child, with a lime-green dinosaur appliquéd to his shirt, clearly being directed to hold a large (lime?) up against the bushy leaves of a one-dimensional potted ficus, or maybe it’s a lime tree, stenciled on the wall in solid green. Whatever psychological damage was inflicted upon that child in the making of this photograph was totally worth it.
  • Great iPhone Photography

    5
    By adzn
    Nice!

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