Hey there — long time no post. I guess the best place to begin is by saying that I had a kid. Hazel Joy McCarthy (at left), joins her brother, Morris, as another littler person living in our house.
Over the years I’ve sort of set the expectation that I’d do something goofy with my “favorite photos of the year” post. One time I drew them all in crayon; another I turned them in to animated gifs; a few times I posted my “worst published” images of the year. This year I’m taking a break from all that. Continue reading
Even though it’s September and we’re only a few months away from the end of the year, I thought I’d share some of my favorite cell phone photos from the first half of 2013. This was the year that finally found me better archiving (via backups) all the visual content on my mobile. It blows my mind how many photos I take on this silly phone just every month.
As I’ve said in past updates like this, my cell phone photo work is more on the personal side, I guess — it’s basically a constant companion, and I find myself reaching for it to document the strange and pretty things I happen upon on daily travels.
Also, the last 10 or so photos in this set are of my son, who is now almost three years old. Holy hell time flies! Anyway, looking over my cell phone archives from the last few years, he is probably the subject I photograph with my most the most … by far.
So, just a quick update. Hope you like the photos, and thanks for your time,
– gerry –
So I think we’ll all agree that 2012 is going down as the year of the mobile photo. I mean at this point, most folks of a certain age and income own a smartphone, and a good plenty use their devices to shoot images and upload them on to social networking platforms of all kinds.
I feel about it the same way I get whenever a band I’ve liked — one that’s a little under the radar — suddenly blows up and is all over the place. It’s a funny mix of admiration and trepidation. I’d never begrudge success, especially if it’s well-deserved, but I won’t lie — a part of me feels some loss that this “special thing” isn’t so special anymore.
The first phone I had with a camera was one of those crappy Motorola Razr’s; it tool terrible, tiny photos. This was back in like 2006, and I used it often to snap images of things I found amusing, which I’d then text to a couple of like-minded friends.
When I was hired a year later at The Dallas Morning News, the phone I was issued was a Blackberry that had no camera, so I went without for some time, while the iPhone revolution took hold and apps like Camera Bag, Hipstamatic, etc. caught the fancy of many.
So here we are, 2012 (well, 2013 as of this revision of the original copy for this post), and I’m just another sheep-like cog in the machine, busting out my iPhone for just about anything and everything, processing the images to make them pretty with one app, and uploading for all to see via another.
And I’m happy. See, I’m a simple guy who’s a little on the visceral side when it comes to pleasure (especially the simple kind). I like taking cell phone photos. I like sharing them with others. These things make me happy. Despite all the successes of the mobile photograph in in 2012 — its democratization; the fact it’s no longer “just mine” — I’m cool. It’s just art — fleeting, whimsical, pretty. I sorta like that … a lot.
So here’s a set of my favorite cell phone photos from the year past. I owe them no explanation — some are personal, some are esoteric. They are what they are, and that makes me smile.
– gerry –