Shooting pictures with an iPhone for some photographers seems to be unprofessional. But in the end its the idea that counts. I often use my cell phone for reference pictures for work I will shoot properly later. But sometimes the phone picture is the final picture for two reasons. The first is the instantaneous nature of being able to pull out a camera immediately. The second is the fact that it is so discreet. Lets face it, when you are in a crowd there are a million people on their phone anyway so the fact that you are doing some street photography goes completely unnoticed. Often in the past I have taken my clunky 35mm out to take pictures and immediately I am asked why am I taking pictures. Once in fact I got chased onto a bus full of people by a man covered in tattoos. He wanted to physically rip the film out of the camera. Another time I photographed some Hell Angels gang members on their Motorcycles only to be told to "F... Off! or I will smash your camera."
But now with social media the flow of photos is so intense that we view the world now more as a stop frame animation, than a series single discerning images. So anyway I just entered the Saatchi Gallery iPhone Self Expression photo competition. There is no surprise that the competion is sponsored by Huwei Cellphones, who surprise surprise make an apparently amazing phone camera that is built by Leica.
The final winner will have a solo show at the Gallery and the pictures will have to taken on their new phone. So fingers crossed and here are a few of my photos, which are part of my Water the Essential series which is no surprise. Check them out and if you have a chance enter.
Vaughan James is a photographer and writer based in Zurich Switzerland