A Year in Phone Photography

Last night while examining my cell phone plan, it dawned on me that I had been using my current phone for almost exactly one year. Thinking about this, I plugged my phone into my computer and imported the over 1400 images taken from my phone into Lightroom, and took a visual tour through the last 365 days of my life.

While I was doing this, I began to think about the phenomenon that is cell phone photography, and the cultural impact its had over the last few years. Initially, people used mobile uploads to share (largely unedited) snippets of their life, the moment that they happened. But as cameraphone technology and app/filter technology continued to progress, and the use of both spread further and further, “iPhoneography” – deliberately using cell phone cameras with filters/editing programs to create a stylized and creative image- made the transition from a fringe practice to a legitimate way that we talked to the world and expressed ourselves creatively.

I realized something while examining the images from my phone – They were the details. The moments and scenes in my life that happened spontaneously, not when I had been prepared to shoot with my normal “big” camera. These were the tiny things. A laugh with a friend. A good meal. A pretty scene I had forgotten about. And it felt good to remember them.

Chase Jarvis said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you”, and as I looked through the vignettes of my life, captured by my Android camera, I couldn’t agree with him more. So here it is – a year, through the camera phone.

Dinner for Dons // April 2011

Sailing Casco Bay // April 2011

Maine's Hottest Bachelor // Oct 2011

Rosemont Market // March 2012

Port City Music Hall // March 2011

Spose Video Shoot // March 2012

The New Apartment // Nov 2011

Pregamin'! // April 2011

Waterville Valley, NH // Oct 2011

Distinct. // April 2011

Shooting a Band // Aug 2011

Preparing for Elykssor Party // March 2011

Hyde Park Proposal // April 2011

Kayaking at home in Milo // Oct 2011

Found in basement of 615 Washington // May? 2011

Elevator, 99 Silver Street // June 2011

Daisy! Waterville Valley, NH // Oct. 2011

Noodle House, Los Angeles // Jan 2012

Backstage, PCMH // Mar 2011

Beach Shoot, 5:30 am, // July 2011

South Portland // Sept 2011

MadWorld Guestbook - Sniff's Entry // Jun 2011

Workin' // June 2011

Bulldog Style // Feb 2012

Joseph // Oct 2011

Work // Feb 2012

Sniff's autographed copy of Vagabonding - Scotland, train // May 2011

K-Po, Front Room // Sept 2011

Fun in London // April 2011

Wells, ME Wedding // Aug 2011

Heat Wave // July 2011

New Car! // June 2011

Broken Car! // Sept 2011

Baxter Brewing // Jan 2012

Mallett Brothers Band video shoot // Sept 2011

Hot Stuff // Feb 2012

Practicing for my first gig // Oct 2011

Spose // Dec 2011

One-year anniversary dinner, Fore St. // July 2011

Help-Portrait - Maine // Dec 2011

Silver St. // Mar 2012

Daydreaming, Grittys // Mar 2011

Hutch Hats // Jun 2011

Filets and Bubbly // April 2011

Elykssor TV // Jan 2012

Los Angeles // Jan 2012

Bissell Brothers Brewing // Jan 2012

Baxter Brewery // Jan 2012

Valentine's Day Shoot // Feb 2012

Hangin' // Feb 2012

Spoils // Mar 2011

Portland // March 2011

State Theatre // Dec 2011

Found on Parking Meter // July 2011

Taco Escobarr // Oct 2011

Snowstorm Rations // Feb 2012

Lifestyle Shoot, Boston // July 2011

Wedding Venue // Mar 2012

Kennebunk // July 2011

My city by the Sea // Aug 2011

Sniff // April 2011

Google Maps // Aug 2011

Night Shooting // July 2011

Independence Day // 2011

Farmington // June 2011

Work // Jan 2012

Ossipee NH // Dec 2011

South Portland // Feb 2012

Christmas Time, NH // Dec 2011

Luke & Will & Big Band Syndrome // Dec 2011

Road Trippin' // Mar 2012

Self-Portrait // Mar 2012

 

About Peter Jensen Bissell

Commercial Photographer and aspiring brewer. Documenting interesting clients, Observations on Portland life, and marketing/biz ideas for photographers,
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2 Responses to A Year in Phone Photography

  1. kevfour says:

    This a cool idea… It makes me want to spend more time in Portland.

  2. kevfour says:

    Cool Idea, this makes me want to spend more time in Portland.

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