This past week I joined two friends on a journey to Napa, CA for a day of photography, friendship and fun. Billed as a Photowalk, by the end of the day it lived up to our expectations.
We caught the morning sun at a Grist Mill and played with dappled mid-day light in a cemetery that dated back to the Gold Rush era. The day ended at the Markham Vineyards in St. Helena where one of us has a photo on exhibit in a gallery.
My two companions are both at the professional level of photography. The World of Advertising is their specialty and for me the day was a great opportunity to listen & learn; to observe & discover.
The three of us toured the photos in the gallery and discussed various images that caught our attention. My friends began to talk about the difference between iPhoneography and Mobile Art.
The gist of their conversation is:
- iPhoneography consists of taking a photo and applying some edits (contrast, highlights, shadows, etc.) in much the same way that you would do if you were printing an image in a darkroom.
- Mobile Art consists of applying editing programs that add elements to an image (objects, textures, graphics).
I thought back to 4 years ago when I started using my first iPhone to photograph and edit images. Taking a perfectly good photo and adding layers of color and texture to it was not a natural act.
At the time, I struggled to put a label on the process. The artist in me needed a push—permission—to make the plunge into this new, ill-defined world of IPhoneography/Mobile Art.
Here are two examples of my own photos to illustrate this topic (click to enlarge):
Points to ponder:
- Is there a difference in your mind between iPhoneography and Mobile Art?
- How do you define them?
- Does it matter if the two forms are mixed together in exhibits/contests?
I look forward to your feedback on this topic.