Whats in his pockets
I read a fascinating post from Chase Jarvis this got me to look at my photos taken with my iPhone. Most are boring. Random friends. Inconsequential objects, ticket enforcers, and then some were better than ordinary.
I had a thought of what I should do. I am not very good at taking pictures of people. Mostly as I am not good at talking with strangers. I thought that this might be a way to anchor this process, give it a focus if you will. Sadly neither is the iPhone god with people photos. Well its good for taking reference shots for an address book, but its not so great for artful, at least in my hands. After pestering a number of random strangers I gave up on this idea. I would stay with found objects, scenes, curiosities.
I have been trying to find a way to get photos directly from the phone to my website. Nothing that I can find does that job. I have to use my lap/desk-top to get photos onto the site. All other processing is in phone. I did find a few convoluted ways to move material from the iPhone to MobileMe or Flickr etc and then to my website, but this was as hard as download to my desktop and uploading again.
So here are the first few images. These will be culled, curated, mixed, and generally played with to create a thing.
This almost caused me to go under a tram. So horrible in so many ways. What was the designer thinking ofSeen ouside a local pub.
In the Bourke Street Mall is ths wonderful sculpture. It is usually covered with kids who simply can’t resist climbing on it.
At lorne and this rianbow apperaed and even though my big camera was in Lorne it was too too far away so the trusty iPhone had to do the job.
Not what you see everyday, ok not what you see ever. mounted police in my tiny litte street in Colingwood.
A late night in a cafe somewhere. Proving that the iPhone and low light equals colour noise.
A chilly day in Fitzroy
The Queen Victoria Market
The Block is an import part of Melbourne today and Melbourne from one of its Golden heydays. The Block was the place to be seen, it still is in a fin de siècle sort of a way. One of the features of the block is the wonderful mosaics that cover all of the pubic spaces. Glorious Victorian age of empire harking back to an even earlier empire. Empires now faded to the corner of a flag.
There are 3 bronze men on the corner of Burke and Swanston Streets. I love these statues harried businessmen looking for all the world as though they too will take flight and cross the road. At almost any time of the day you will see a tourist posing with them. I considered making this a project, but it is such a busy part of town that it wold always be challenge to produce that definitive image of each poser so after a few 10s of shots shelved the idea.
Seen in Myers window. These shoes are part of a large display allegedly abou the wizard of Oz, and catering to shoe fetishes everywhere.
Just how good, or bad is the iPhone camera. It is a 2 megapixel camera. It works very well in good light. Once you have acquired the skills of using your hands like a steady cam it can take good photos. Not in low light, not of fast moving objects, not of your mates in a dark and mysterious bar. Unless of course you have the sort of friends that are enhanced by colour noise. We all have some of them, but not all our friends are like that. Surely?
But give it a steady hand and some light, well really a lot of light and the results are good.
Created: 1/May/2009 - 12:02 AM Last updated: 25/Nov/2009 - 09:13 PM