As a child, I sat in barber shops and doctors’ offices scouring the pages of Life magazine looking at photographs, reading stories, transporting myself to other worlds for brief moments. I fell in love with B&W photography and it has lead me to a creative outlet that is limitless, thanks in part to Steve Jobs.
30 years ago I shot, developed and printed my own B&W film. These days I can use my iPhone (thank you, Steve) and a few apps to achieve in minutes what used to take me a day to do in a darkroom and there are no toxic chemicals involved.
I took the photo below at the San Francisco Theological Seminary late one afternoon using the MPro app and its Infrared filter. I love, love, love the black sky (in case you haven’t guessed by now). My friend, Egmont (The iPhone Arts), showed me this app last July when a group of us went on a photosafari at Fort Point. MPro gives the photographer a number of manual control options including shooting in uncompressed .TIFF format, as I did in this photo.
For me, this photo is a combination of timing, location, tools and inspiration. Enjoy.