Saturday, 22 January 2011

Perfection Has Its Drawbacks


The problem with digital photography is that everything is near-perfect. Point, shoot, record with mirror-like accuracy. What you see is what you will get. Gone are the days when you would hover over some evil smelling developing solution and watch a grainy, scratchy, under-developed print emerge. Well fear not, those nice people who develop iPhone Apps have come up with a solution : the Hipstamatic Camera. You get to choose your lens from a selection of cheap and fairly nasty ones, your film from a stock that appears to have spent too long hanging around on the shelf at the chemist's shop and even the plastic case the whole thing is housed in. The results are wonderfully mediocre and so far away from perfection that they would need an atlas to find it. But the whole thing is strangely addictive and has become a worldwide craze (even the Guardian has started featuring a regular Hipstamatic Gallery). My first effort is shown above and shows my desk shortly after downloading the App. As I get more experience with this crazy application over the coming weeks I will try to feature more shots, all of which will be a long way short of perfection. (Technical Note : The above photograph was taken using a Jimmy lens (on its maximum setting) and Kodot XGrizzled film)

11 comments:

Chairman Bill said...
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Chairman Bill said...

Alan - didn't have time to read the text of your post today as I'm in a rush. Had a look at the photo though and have to say I think there's something drastically wrong with your camera; either that or you're losing your touch.

Chairman Bill said...

Alan - didn't have time to read the text of your post today as I'm in a rush. Had a look at the photo and have to say I think there's something drastically wrong with your camera; either that or you're losing your touch.

Alan Burnett said...

CB : Very funny.

Alan Burnett said...

CB: More very funny.

Chairman Bill said...

Alan - the browser stalled and I pressed the submit key thrice.

Kat Mortensen said...

I've never heard of this, but it sounds intriguing. Is this your office? You're a pretty neat guy!

Kat

Rosie said...

Will you be taking B&W pictures with this camera? I love B&W.

Roy said...

Cool! Citizen K got that app for his iPhone, too, and when he and his wife (Premium T) made their annual pilgrimage to Ireland last year they took a lot of photos with it. It looks like a great toy to play with!

Valerie said...

I keep hearing about Apps but haven't a clue what it is or how it's used.

jennyfreckles said...

This does seem to be becoming a craze. They are quite beguiling - perhaps in this age of being bombarded with amazing images everywhere we crave a bit of nostalgia and atmosphere. I don't have an iPhone so won't be joining in!