There is a debate going on over at David Campbell's site about the use of the popular programs Hipstamatic and Instagram in photojournalism. It's interesting to read, and as a result, I thought I'd put together a couple galleries of images from South America.
These aren't world stopping images by any means, but they are my version of what I saw and experienced in Uruguay and Argentina. For me, and this is personal and my opinion only, the iPhone has allowed me to see in a different way. It gives me more of an opportunity to document what I am experiencing in a way I don't do with a regular camera. I've not explored why that is and I'm not sure I think it's even important in the grand scheme of things.
But the more I've lived with these images the more I've come to like them. In some cases even more so than the images I've made with a regular film camera. Again, I'm not sure it's important to understand why that is. There are some answers I could give like; I felt a bit more free to shoot and manipulate, they didn't seem all that important at the time so I just shot and felt the images, etc., etc.. Does that explain this need to make the images and manipulate the crap out of them? Is this even remotely photography?
There are more images being created daily than at any time previously in the history of photography. I'd say it's a combination of image making and creative outlets in ways that didn't exist even 5 years ago. Phone cameras will just get better and they are obviously here to stay. I expect I'll shoot more with the iPhone but I'm not certain if they will see the light of day on this site. The images from the trip to South America earlier this year may be the exception but it might just become the norm as well. We'll see.