12 Jul 2011
It's odd to me how some people think making images with an iPhone is somehow "cheating" or "too easy" or "not real photography". All photographs are manipulated. A camera is a camera, a machine that fixes the effects of light on a medium. A post-processing "app" is a darkroom. Just not so smelly. So while I have some admiration for purists and curmudgeons and luddites for their staunch stubbornness and pinhole vision, I will embrace any invention that makes life more fun and allows me to do what I want to do and doesn't spoil the planet. Maybe iPhones + apps put creative possibilities in too many grubby hands; maybe camera gadgetry and darkroom alchemy sent us down a sinful and impure path from the beginning; and maybe any art that isn't scratched into a cave wall with a rock is too damned easy. But I don't think so.