These are 2 good articles from the Photoshelter blog. They basically show ways in which we should think about using Instagram.


‘Virtual Darkroom technique’

Richard Koci Hernandez


This is an article i found Interesting, Herandez is interviewed here but also goes on to explain his virtual Darkroom tecnique.

My virtual darkroom technique goes something like this:

I’ve named this process the app-dance:

1. Shoot original image in an app like Hipstamatic or ProCamera.

2. Import the image from my camera roll into another app like Camera+ to add some more tone or even another black and white filter.

3. Import the image into yet another app to add a border. (optional)

4. Import again to add minimal scratches in an app like ScratchCam. (optional)

5. Import into Instagram and post. (Note: I rarely use the Instagram filters.)

I’ve also been known to add some real analog love to my images in something I’ve called round-tripping,  but others call flip-flopping.

Repeat steps 1-4 from above, but before step 5, I print out the image on my printer, then apply real scratches via a butter knife or fold the print, then re-photograph the result with my iPhone,then post to Instagram.


I find this quite Facinating, its almost like fixing the Fluid Image and then making it Fluid again, this is a great example of how one person is using the best of both Analog and digital to achieve the aesthetic he is wanting. I think the point here is also that it is the AESTHETIC. It’s how the Photograph looks not neccesarily what the subject matter is. Not what it denotes but the physical appearance. I think this is a good Experimental process which Hernandez is practicing. It may not produce great work or depict great subject matter but it is definatly starting to bridge a gap between both the flud and fixed image and how they can both co-eist with each other.

Charlotte Cotton – ‘What’s Next?’

Here is a Video of Charlotte Cotton speaking After Fred Ritchin at the Foam Amsterdam conference.

I didnt find this talk too relevant but i took a few things from it. Cotton speaks about Photography in a suggestion that maybe it is becoming almost like ‘The watercolours of the 21st Century’ and that maybe in the future a lot of us will state that we have ‘come from Photography’ Meaning that Photography’s Evoloution could be that where in the future it’s almost as if it is a retired Medium. It may evolve to be something which doesn’t focus on the Author at all and could become a very much ‘citizen’ Art form.

Fred Ritchin – ‘What’s Next’ Foam Amsterdam

After doing some research on youtube to try and find some lectures or presentations that Fred Ritchin has done i finally came across this one at Foam, Amsterdam in 2011.

It was really helpful hearing Fred Ritchin Speak so i can begin to understand more on what he’s talking about in his book After Photography.

‘It’s not Enough to add Photographs to the world but we have to somehow add the world to photoographs’

‘Digital Photography has very little to do with what we think of as Photography’

Digital we go from step 2 to step 7

Analog we go from A to B, step 1, step 2, step 3

‘Photography no longer has the automatic credibility it used to have’

‘Is society happy with the lack of credibility?’

‘The amatuer is making the more important Images, The amatuer is more Authentic, More believed’

‘We will be changed by Media’

‘Understand media enough so that we can guide it in ways that are healthier for us, more sane for us’

Fred Ritchin seems to constantly argue that Digital Photography is in it’s own Medium which is something i am finding hard to get my head around. Now that i have heard him exaplin this a little more in this talk i have established that i somewhat do agree with him. I do Believe that it is almost totally seperate from Analog in so many ways, like being Fluid and Malleable. It can be reproduced and distributed so easily. It’s not negotiated by Time and Space unlike an Analog Photograph which will be kept somewhere, in aframe or a box. Hung on a wall or in a Gallery. I just cant see the ultimate separation between these two aspects of Photography. I think now we have access to both of them we can use the positives of both to accomplish better Art? better Photography? or more Credible Photography in reference to what Ritchin Talks about.


Ben Lowy

Another good Article here which demonstrates another practitioner who is using Instagram and Hipstamatic to create work.

A good article for an example on a practitioner,i’m not sure if i will be able to take much from this in order for my research but it is definatly very helpful in terms of coming to understand the potential of Cellphone Photography.

The New Economics of Photojournalism: The rise of Instagram – BJP

This is also another Great Article found on the BJP website. It mainly taks of how Photojournalists are embracing Instagram to help them tell the ‘backstory’ of the Image making process. It’s almost like looking at ways in which we can use Instagram as practitioners as a benfit rather than finding and exposing the risks it as to Photography.

It has been descrobed as a good way of ‘visual note taking’, which i think is another great analogy. It’s almost like a sketchbook for Photo Thoughts.

Picturing everyday life in Africa

Peter Dicampo

I found this Article quite interesting in the sense that Dicampo found that after buying an iphone and using it as a tool for when he wasnt shooting his usual ‘photojournalist shots’. He found that it gave a a better and more well rounded view of exactly what he was trying to capture. Having something like the Iphone in your hand gives you the tool to snapshot imagery which can really rival that of ‘pro journalism photography’.

I think it all comes down to representation. We’ve always seen the world through how the Photojournalist have Photographed it when it comes down to news. With the tool of an Iphone we can now see the world represented by the people who are actually being photographed. Fred Ritchin talks about this in After Photography. The iphone gives us a new snapshot tool that can make it easy to document the image making process but in turn actually capturing something more honest itself.

The Iphone is almost a disguised camera, it’s a Phone and people think of it as this primary attribute. It has a welcome place in the public society, you can be on a train and no one will think anything of it becasue at first they dont think of it as a camera. I think it’s this that gives it its best attribute to a Photographer. You can almost disguise yourself into the natural world and people’s truthful behaviours becasue you can be a discreet practitioner. If the Iphone had a big attatchable lens it would be a totally different dynamic. People would realise the prescene of a camera and then start adjusting behaviours to suit that.

also another rticle i recently came across

Phonar Reflective Summary

This Reflection on the module of Phonar is my evaluation into what i feel i have gained and improved on during my participation in the course.

I feel that Phonar has helped me develop some keen interest areas and ideas and helped me understand my practice within those. The main areas in which i feel I have really developed as a practitioner are the abilities to able to think of my practice consciously in the 21st Century. I have really had to consider ideas of story-telling and working with narrative to open up my practice to the community. To generate interest and contributions to a project. I feel that phonar has helped me develop my Social networking skills, its really got me to think about my role as Photographer and being a legitimate, trusted source. It’s taught me to do my research and to source my stories. The main thing i have taken from the guest lectures is that i should be looking for the story around the corner and not around the world. I should be looking to be specific to be more general and all in all i should be telling a story and not taking it. Storytelling is a collaborative, sharing experience.

I would have liked to have been able to introduce a new story to the project i was focusing on but unfortunatly due to logistical issues and transport cost it wasnt possible for me to do this. I think that the positive from this though is that phonar has given me an exit strategy and some good ideas to follow on to for my Final Degree project. I can use the Phonar pitch as a longer time framed project, something which i may be able to publish by the time i’m ready to leave university.

I think the importance of this module also has been the online contributions and the development of relationships with other Phonar followers from around the world. I have found the comments i have received from people outside of the class to be very helpful and also to gain feedback from outside of the Classroom really confirms to you that the communication and involvement from the outside world can also help develop your practice as a lot of the time they are your Audience.

I used to ride a Bike – Final Phonar Task ‘a life in the day’

I Used To Ride A Bike from Sean Carroll on Vimeo.

Magnum Irrelevant? Article

This is a short little article following the Death of Henri Cartier Bresson’s widdow Martine Franck.

It goes on to give us a brief outlook over what Magnum had done for Photojournalism over the years of its existance and then asks the question of what is to come of it.

I dont think Photojournalism is dead and i dontthink its dying, i just think its changing. It’s all about your story and it’s distribution in regards to the Internet world.  It’s about representation and collaboration and i think this will shine through as the most honest work