The logical next step in my acceptance of cell phone photography is, inevitably, Instagram. Yes, the land of selfies, belfies, filters, and hashtags. A place where anyone can turn the 8 megapixels in their pocket into a Polaroid land camera. How do I enter this echo chamber in a way that makes me feel like I'm furthering my art?
Inevitably, I've found solace in "cheating" -- exporting images shot on my big cameras and editing in Lightroom. This satisfied the question for a time, but I knew I would need to grow in a new direction to actually expand my art in this realm.
So here is my thought: Abstract Imaging. As a photographer I am, at my core, in a constant quest to document the people and the world around me. It is what drives 90% of my work. But every now and then, I get the inverse urge - a pang to find art in the inanimate. Intersecting lines. Colors and shapes. Patterns in the noise.
There is no better tool for capturing these found moments than my cell phone. As I've noted, it's ubiquitous, and omnipresent. At a moment's notice, I can fish it out of my pocket and capture some small thing that jumps out at me.
Here today is the first image in this new opus of mine - Frozen Abstraction 1. The source of the image is an ice sculpture that had been discarded in some shrubs after it had fulfilled its usefulness. I was able to shoot what I hope is an interesting series of images of light, shape, and texture from this quickly fading canvas. I will post this image and the rest of the series on my Instagram account: @brianjcam.
Let me know what you think of the images - and what you think of using different social media sites for different types of art.
P.S. BCP will also have a MAJOR announcement in the coming weeks... tune in to find out about our exciting next chapter.