We’re delighted to publish Kevin Kuster’s latest article for his Kuster Column with us. This time Kevin discusses the constant changes of life in relation to mobile photography, of course. Don’t miss this, you’re all in for quite a treat. Over to you Kevin… (foreword by Joanne Carter).
‘The greek philosopher Heraclitus (c.535 BC – 475 BC) said “The only constant in life is CHANGE”.
Although this man of great intelligence and wisdom spoke these profound words thousands of years ago, why have we as a society not embraced them? Specifically, why have we not embraced this idea of change within the photo community? Although I realize change is hard for everyone, why do we always resist the inevitability of change?
Currently, mobile photography is completely rewriting photography, i.e., how it is created, who is creating it and I for one am very excited about it. Yes, I only embraced mobile photography less than a year ago; however, since doing so, I have never been more excited about photography and the idea of sharing my new passion with so many people around the world.
There are some photographers who “only shoot DSLR” photos and who “hate” mobile photography and all that it represents. I was recently interviewed by an online photo magazine, and was totally surprised by the negative comments received in connection with my choosing to photograph a 40 couple wedding in the Philippines with my iPhone. (Some great things and opportunities came from this project and I will be writing about them very soon here at theappwhisper.com)
Then there are those who accept mobile photography but believe in only “pure” mobile photography. This camp of users believes that mobile photography should be pure images, shot on a mobile phone and posted right away on Instagram or another image sharing platform. Any manipulation beyond a slight color shift or filter application is not acceptable. These purists think that “mobile ART photography” is not acceptable.
Is this the type of argument that we really want to have with our new and growing mobile photography experience? Although I believe it is appropriate and beneficial to have civil and thought-provoking discussions concerning mobile photography art, and its creation, why do we as artists and photographers believe we can and should tell others that their artistic approach is wrong or somehow inappropriate? Wouldn’t it be better if we focused on sharing as a community and like-minded lovers of photography?
I have always believed it is the privilege of the artist to use whatever means inspires him to create and express his own unique vision for the world. In my opinion, the results are what matter the most, not how something was created. It is always much easier to be a critic than a creator. It is the creator who contributes, builds, discovers and explores new possibilities, and it is critic who is often left behind.
©Wladmir Dal Bó
Today let me encourage you to embrace change, and, by doing so, you will be help to shape and create the constant changing future”.
I want to thank all of my new Brazilian friend and specifically Anna Leticia Cohen (@annaleticohen) for encouraging me to write this feature and lending my voice to this worthy conversations. I also want to thank all of the photographers that contributed their images to this features and trusted me to represent some of their opinions. You all inspire me with your creativity, vision and your mobile works of art.