OVERVIEW: Throughout its history, picture making technology has made photographic equipment increasingly faster, smaller, lighter and more portable. But no picture technology can compare to the cultural impact of the smartphone placing a camera in the hands of people all over the world.
For this juried competition, over 70 photographers from six states submitted their cell phone creations for Phoneography: Beyond the Selfie. Juror Betty Sederquist reviewed over 300 images to select a diverse exhibit that will entertain, amuse, impress, and inspire viewers with the artistry of the phoneographers.
1st Place: Mule Drivers Carry Supplies, Anita Rama
2nd Place: X Marks a Great Photo Spot, Hayata Takeshita
3rd Place: Fisherman at Dusk, Victoria Ruderman
Honorable Mention: Enter, Greg DeLory
Honorable Mention: Blossoms, David Ruderman
Honorable Mention: Phantom Bell of St. Francis, David Ruderman
This amazing show demonstrates how smartphone cameras are much more than toys. The oft-quoted maxim “The best camera is the one you have with you” proved true here.
Photographers shared tiny sidewalk “found” moments such as an artfully arranged banana peel or leaf. They recorded big moments like a dramatic storm or the “peak moment” of a mule train traipsing a Grand Canyon trail. Maybe they grabbed their smartphones for soul-touching moments such as a dreamy long exposure of a friend or a cuddle with a child.
Post-processing techniques are virtually endless, as demonstrated in this show, from painterly textured creations to color enhancing, double exposures, composites, grunge effects, framing and much more.
The show was a joy to judge, but it was also hard to judge, as there were so many high-quality entries. May everyone who entered this fun competition keep up the great work.
Image Credit: Claude Laviano