All these years of demanding to have a camera on my cell phone to take pictures... and I have now learned that a cell phone photography movement has been 2 years in the making. There are even galleries on flickr, art shows in LA, and fan clubs on the internet for it.
And here I was just thinking that I was using a poor substitute to come up with images that just would never be good. A lesson learned! The abstraction that comes with low pixel settings can be used to great advantage!
Just as an example, one of the lovely images I caught the other day and uploaded to my photobucket account.
And this is the kind of stuff they're talking about. It's entirely possible to create something gorgeous with a few tiny pixels and the right lightning conditions. In this case it was sunrise and I was trying to capture all the different frost patterns that had developed on the roof of my car overnight. Voila! It all came together beautifully.
(If you click on the image, it gets bigger, btw. Love teh interwebs for that kind of functionality.)
I was once told that to really become proficient and earn your right to be called an artist, that you would have to practice at it every day. For the longest time I beat myself up for my inability to do that, as I loved photography. It never occured to me, though, that by taking pictures with the cell phone I was, in fact, doing the practice daily. I tend to max out the photo memory on my devices every 2-3 months with all the stuff I take, then either don't send or don't upload.
Give that there are now even website for Tips on Shooting with Cell Phones, I guess I can count myself as part of the digital future.