A camera in every pocket

In the past photography was the preserve of special occasions, darkrooms and chemistry but along came digital technology. Cameras became smaller and ultra-portable. Processing became instant using the technology already there within the camera. Now we carry a camera and processing ‘laboratory’ in our pocket or bag without giving it a second thought. The portability and quality of our phone cameras means we never need to miss an opportunity to make a record of where we are, who we are with and what we are doing. Here’s an example of that technology in use.

The technical quality isn’t great but this photograph records a chance encounter that would have been lost if I hadn’t got my iPhone in my pocket. I would have still seen the shot, admired the artistic combination of colours and shapes, the way the text reinforced an important element of the composition along with the irony that someone probably paid a lot of money for an advertising agency to come up with a brand name for their new blue wine and got ‘Blu’ – which is quite catchy I have to admit – but the image would have only lived on in my head. Not anymore.

The photograph was taken at a beach restaurant at Cabo de Gato in Almeria, Southern Spain.

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