I've been trying to figure out why my blog posts are so few and far between. When I am working for clients, it's easy: I finish an edit, I make a post. Simple. But when the work is for myself, I am such a slowpoke. I went to Wales in June... have I posted any of the photographs from my trip?
Part of it is that images just don't make it off the memory card into the computer (or into the scanner if it's film) until it's too “late”. Sure, I could post news about summer vacation in the middle of winter, but by then it's not really news anymore. The other issue was my photo-taking conundrum. I don't always want to lug my big camera around and I'd been having a “what-to-use-as-a-point-and-shoot-camera” dilemma for at least a couple years. Don't ask how many digital, film, and Polaroid cameras I tried and abandoned, never really finding the one that felt right.
What's finally changed? My cell phone. Ha! I'd been fighting it for so long. I was the dinosaur who hung on to her rotary-dial land line as long as humanly possible, and when it came time to finally get a mobile, even a querty keyboard seemed an extravagance (Texting? What's that?). But when my little green LG Rumor finally gave up holding a charge, I knew it was time to venture forth into the land of the smart phone, and, inevitably, to the iPhone, which set off another ridiculous internal conflict: I wanted one but I didn't. So trendy... Everyone has one... My haircut isn't cool enough... etc etc.
But here I am now, wondering why I didn't do this sooner. It really isn't a phone at all - it's my new camera! I can photograph and edit an image without having to get to my computer. I can send it to my Mom or post it to Instagram right then and there. Will it replace my “big” camera? Or film? Of course not. But I think of it as a modern-day Polaroid, capturing my little memories and the stuff of daily life in snapshots that I can call 'art' if I want to. Best of all, it's getting me to think creatively about things I see every day.
Here are a few iPhone photographs from picnics near Detroit: Willow Metro Park and a cornfield off Vining Road.