Standing Still but Looking Ahead

Stagnation is considered by some as having lost interest but that is not the case. Rather, as I faced the last couple of months of the end of 2013 and the beginning  of a new year, I cannot help but reflect upon the success and the failures  or shortcomings as an artist, photographer or writer.

It is time to reassess the path traveled and ask how it serves me creatively and that of my readers.

Mobile photography has made considerable strides in 2013 by mobile photography artists, including mobile application developers. While there have been highs, mobile photography has also experienced inertia, as artists struggle with their creativity. Though I see a bright future for mobile photography, I sense that 2014 will not only test the direction of mobile photography, but also its validity. Even my own iPhoneography work will be tested this year.

I do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions, yet my pocket Moleskin notebook begins to fill up with ideas for stories, projects, Hipstamatic lens/film combinations, even titles for photographs yet to be taken.

There is also a stack of books dealing with photography on an academic level that require my attention, along with a growing list of questions to be asked other iPhoneographers, as I will conquer my fears and begin interviewing individuals of personal interest in the coming months.

Also in the next few weeks, I will resume The Cemetery Project, a collaborative series with other mobile artists, including Looking Back and Passport to My Neighborhood, featuring my work.

In general, this year, it will not just be about photography and the taking of pictures, this year I will examine why we take pictures and what they mean to us as photographers.

All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S by
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