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A wonderful and inspiring overview of a growing photography movement
on April 7, 2011
I guess I'm one of those Apple iPhone users who uses the word iPhoneography a lot. I spend well over an hour each morning taking iPhone photos down at our local beach and have been a part of this iPhoneography movement for a few years now. I love my iPhone and I'm sure you know someone who is as fascinated with it as I am.
iPhoneography grew out of the iPhone's ability to process and organize our snaps, and to share these photos via social media. Cell-friendly internet sites such as Twitter, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr and now Instagram are all a part of this growing social photography phenomenon. The word has emerged from a growing global community who - to use a phrase coined by Sion Fullana - share a common language. That of the Apple iPhone.
The inspirational qualities of this book came as a delightful surprise. I ordered the book because it looked cool, covered a subject I feel passionate about and was written by one of the most respected and talented photographers in the iPhoneography movement. I've been a regular visitor to Stephanie Roberts' Posterous blog and have long loved her ability to share her travel photography whilst on the move around the globe. Her stories and photographs are always compelling and she's one of the reasons I started to really use my iPhone to create. It's so good to find that her communicative skills are in full effect here in this marvelous state-of-the-union address!
I've long held that the heart of iPhoneography is the shoot-and-share element. I love to be able to take a photograph literally in the field and share it with folks across the globe. Why I'm delighted with this perfect little book is that it is focused on personal creativity. It makes me want to try something new. Again.
Sion Fullana recently described his iPhoneography as being "like a diary of moments and emotions" and here Stephanie Roberts explains her own very personal projects and encourages us to do the same through simple introductions to the best apps, and the social media we have available to us. The world of apps is explained, the best tools demonstrated and all with a personal touch.
A wonderful 'Find Your Focus' section introduces us to nine of the most interesting practitioners of the art of the iPhone. All nine are amazing photographers who are very open to sharing their vision. We quickly get to know the different ways that they have taken their private mobile phone snaps into a realm of creativity that is rewarding, inspiring and - thanks to app developers and the buzz around the various social media areas - sociable too.
This book is the perfect gift for anyone who owns an iPhone and an eye for a snap. It is a great introduction to the different ways that you can enhance your cellphone photos, but more than that it is an inspiration to tap into the iPhone's amazing capabilities to create, to experiment, to inspire and to share with others.
The book is also perfect for anyone who has a passion for digital photography in general. The book explains how the iPhone camera can tap into skills you already have, and bring them to bear in an altogether more personal way.
I personally love this inspiring and well-designed book and consider it a perfect little gem!