It was my good friend Jack Lowe who introduced me to Instagram early last year.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In fact, it soon became clear that the real surprise was actually how much I was enjoying using my iPhone to take pictures.
It’d never really occurred to me before to use a phone camera, having always considered my ‘professional’ camera equipment to be the only choice. I was finding myself photographing simple scenes, things that I would have ordinarily passed by, making simple observations. It became liberating.
The spontaneous and portable nature of the iPhone, plus the availability of some neat image processing apps, makes it a powerful and fun tool, capable of some surprisingly good results.
For those that like to know, I pass all my iPhone pictures through an app called Snapseed before uploading.
With regards to Instagram.. I closed my account on January 18th, along with a lot of other people, after their terms of service were changed and became unacceptable, certainly for any professional photographer wishing to protect their images from potential unauthorised usage, and themselves from any legal comeback.
So now I’m giving Tumblr a try, and so far I’m liking what I see. For me it’s visually a far more pleasing experience than Instagram.
For anyone interested in following me, I’m here.. http://juliancalverley.tumblr.com
Recently I showed my London agent a small selection of my iPhone pictures and we decided it’d be a nice idea to put together some portfolio sheets.
You can also see them featured in the AOP Image magazine as part of an article on Instagram and EyeEm and other photo sharing apps.
Here they are..