Tuesday, November 03, 2009

iPic

Been a quiet few weeks, photographically. I did get an iphone and have been playing around with the photo apps available for it. Finding I can get quite interesting effects, from such a terrible little lens. The constraints of the format and features can work well, with care. It has taken some effort to work out what the good apps are and how to compose with it. Seems to do well with subjects that are often seen from other krappy cameras, big, bold, simple compositions. Maybe time to pick up the real camera again and see what's going on with that.

I did a Susan Burnstine 'visual narratives' workshop a few weeks ago, that frustrated me quite a bit. Not due to anything I really learned on the workshop, just confusion about what I really want to take pictures of or what direction I want to go in. I've spent the time since then going in a totally different direction, trying to learn to play guitar. Maybe that'll feed back into the picture taking eventually. For now it is a lot of fun and a different form of creative outlet. Last year's working through 'the Artist's Way' exercises kept coming up with questions about music and a desire to learn to play something, just took me a while.

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2 comments:

forkboy said...

Must be something in the air. I can't find the inspiration to photograph either. Well...that's not completely true as I too recently acquired an iPhone and find myself taking plenty of pics and video with it.

I'm wondering if I'm simply burned out from picture taking, editing, processing, Flickr uploading, etc. It really seemed to have taken over my life.

Tom said...

Got Chase Jarvis' "The Best Camera is the One You Have With You" and another book, "Visual Poetry"...they are inspiring....

But yeah, that whole acquaintance-comment on photos thing... not really the most rewarding process...

I'm just going to pursue my two or three series of photos and worry less about external stimulus.