Who knew I would be so taken up by iphoneography?
‘The best camera is the one you have available at a time’.
To this adage, I had taken a few photos whenever I did not have my SLR with me. Mostly, it was my little niece who played with the camera on my iPhone. When I heard about instagram, I downloaded this free app but did not register for an account for a long time. Then, I saw a photo taken using Instagram and felt tempted to register for an account and see what this popular app was about. That one temptation opened my eyes to photography using my ubiquitous iPhone. Low-hanging fruits and pleasures of a point-and-shoot aka an iPhone, were rediscovered by me. My photography felt rejuvenated and I was back to my old ways again.
An ode to Poverty and hunger follows. Visualized with my iPhone at 2:30 am in the morning, on a water trip to the kitchen!
“When I am hungry,
the mere thought makes me swoon
A few grains of rice and some water
take me to the moon”
Instagram is a deceptively simple app. Point, shoot, apply a filter if you like and you are done. As long as we realize the limitations of an iPhone, one can make some beautiful art. Of course, our mind’s eye takes the photo and like always, we choose a subject worthy of our admiration. It is what we see that makes a photo but the technological details are removed when using iPhone and Instagram. By using a set of fifteen-odd filters, we can choose beautiful renditions of what we foresaw. This is what makes it so powerful. And, with an online community to share and provide inspiration, I felt rejuvenated. By seeing some photos, I could be visiting Paris, reliving some of my memories there or seeing some abstract, beautiful art from strangers in Indonesia. Using instagram, one can choose to follow people’s pictures and be followed. To gain an audience, you tag a photo with tags and people will find your photo, like and/or comment on your photo.
I saw photos on Instagram that were absolutely stunning and wondered how this could be taken using an iPhone. Then came the realization that there are so many apps that one could use to make layers of perception in a frame. It was as if I had discovered a whole new world. Some people were actually shooting with their SLR, using Adobe Photoshop, Snapseed, Filterstorm and other apps and then, uploading the pics to instagram. Many others prided themselves on their proficiency with the edit tools and would come out with their own edits of someone else’s photos.
One may use many tools but art is art and beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. And, many of these photos are an inspiration. There is beauty in simplicity and for now when using my phone, I am only using Instagram to shoot, create art and share with the world.
As if to welcome ‘my discovery of Instagram and iphoneography’, Instagram got bought over by Facebook for a cool billion dollars, around that time. Wow! But, I digress.
Art is not about making money but to satisfy our souls, to provide happiness in the process of creation. When we lose the passion, the charm is gone and art is not the same anymore.
Happy clicks to you! Feel happy! And, if you like, follow me on Instagram!