We made a stop at the Pendleton Art Gallery this weekend to check on the pottery studio and I snapped a few shots with the Hipstamatic. I've been patiently waiting on the "promised" Ben Lowry lens that would give a clear photojournalism film/lens combo. Ben Lowry was the photojournalist that made the news by using the I-phone Hipstamatic app to document the war effort. You can read more about that here and see his photographs at the New York Times site. Instead of that, we get one that mimics the old Tintype photographs that you might have inherited from your grandparents. After playing around with it, I find it to be a lot of fun though your eyes have to adjust to the grunginess . If you aren't familiar with the Hipstamatic app for the I-phone, you choose a film and lens to give an effect that you want, then you push the button and hope for the best. With so many film, lenses, and flash options, you really have hundreds of possibilities and there is no way to switch and try them before making the shot. So it requires old-fashioned skill (plus experimentation) of knowing the film & lens (or app in this case) in order to match the desired "look" to the subject. Besides that frustration, it currently takes up about 1/4 of my phone memory.
It's been a better year than the one before and I appreciate corresponding with those who left comments, sent emails or stopped me to chat about the photos. We'll try it for yet another year and see what happens.
"We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain
number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember
a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being
that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps
not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And
yet it all seems limitless."
Paul Bowles (the poet)
(included in the Writers Almanac a day or two ago)