Lassiter Mills Park, Raleigh NC

I was in Raleigh recent­ly and had a chance to go on a lit­tle pho­to excur­sion with Karl. We went to the Las­siter Mills Park where I planned to shoot some of my FP4 film in the GA645. Fate had oth­er plans. 

I’d had the same set of CR123 bat­ter­ies in the Fuji for years and they final­ly gave out that morn­ing. Well, they had giv­en out some­time in the lat­ter part of 2013, but I did­n’t know that until that brisk Feb­ru­ary morn (Aside — it does always seem that Karl and I find pho­tog­ra­phy a bit cold). With no oth­er cam­era on me but my iPhone 4S, I decid­ed to shoot a “roll.” Below are my favorites from the session.

They are unabashed­ly dig­i­tal — cap­tured on a phone, post-processed to hell and back. But some­times you must embrace the media you have — the alter­na­tive would have been no imagery at all.

The Camera With You 2012

I have tak­en pho­tos with a phone for many years, at least since 2005–2006. This year was my first iPhone (4s) and I began using Insta­gram pret­ty quick­ly. It has become a pret­ty indis­pen­si­ble tool for my process — there are moments where it is used to cap­ture a scene to come back and revis­it, to doc­u­ment, and just to play around and see what comes up.

These are my favorites from 2012. Some are whim­si­cal, some are seri­ous, but I con­sid­er all of them as much a pho­to­graph as my stu­dious­ly pre­pared and exe­cut­ed film work.

ps — I know there are detrac­tors from the world of phone/device pho­tog­ra­phy, but it reminds me of that XKCD com­ic where peo­ple are argu­ing of the puri­ty of their field. And since I don’t know any­one who exclu­sive­ly mix­es their own sil­ver halide, I think we all fit some­where on the rel­a­tive scale of “pure photography.”