A selection of about 100 mobile-photos shot starting from 2013 in different locations with different iPhone models between abstraction, portraits and social commentary. The series has been highlighed by curator Gianluca Marziani on Dagospia: the most important Italian news website about politics, economy, and society.
Over the last years, I’ve been practicing mobile photography a lot, only later on I started to explore professional cameras for different kind of projects (see Abreactions), though I wonder if shooting with a smart phone makes you necessarily a “dilettante” when comparing to a more professional approach with photography (with proper equipment and so on). In the other hand, can one become an “expert” or a “pro” in mobile photography? In my view, as long as you explore the medium, push its boundaries, find its own language. That’s what I tried to do with this series.
I’ve always had a special feeling with the immediacy of the photographic medium. I believe the act of shooting bypasses the frictions of psychology and connects directly with the unconscious in a unpredicted manner. It is like the Lacan’s symbolic-real-imaginary trio of intrapsychic realms which comprise the various levels of psychic phenomena, suddenly and quite randomly gets a different organization. In other words, you see a scene, a set of forms (an harmony or a dissonance), you have a feeling, basically you have a visual epiphany and take a shot.
Mobile photography enhances this dynamic. Also the mobile device’s rapidity and seriality somehow turns the ‘operator’ into a ‘spectator’ and viceversa, in a punctum-studium continuum.
Today large-scale smartphone adoption has begun to create a new aesthetic based on specific characteristics such as ubiquity, immediacy, intimacy and connectivity. This mobile aesthetics emphasizes the experience of being here now and allows the content creator as well as the viewer to identify with the location and the subject of the story.
Also the portability factor allows for the watching and shooting anywhere, with the intimacy of enabling one to take their phone to private and personal spaces.
The mediasation of the world through the phone, magnifies and brings the everyday world back into focus, having an amplified ‘reality’ and quality, creating expectations of somehow getting closer to the world.
I believe this new media environment provides an entire new visual vocabulary and new choices for photographers and content creators in general, both amateurs or professional, to express themselves beyond or within the realm of the media industry (art, communication, advertising).