My Phone is For Calls, Leave a Message

I heard a professional photographer recently talking about how great his new phone camera is and I thought, boy, I never want to have the computer techs at Apple or Google dictating what my photographs will look like.

Have you ever looked at Instagram or Flickr and seen the photographs and how they all look alike? There’s no signature. There’s no uniqueness. All the same. Like made by a machine.

And indeed they were.

Often over-processed. Super saturated colors whether that helps the photograph or not. Unrealistic shadows either crushed to black or unnaturally lightened. Weird HDR–high dynamic range.

This is what the phone does as far as I can see on IG and other photo sharing sites. No thanks!
Blacks? You want blacks, I’ll give you blacks! CRUSHED IT! No, don’t! It’s all too much!

It’s not for me. If it’s for you, I’m glad you found a device that satisfies your creativity. It doesn’t at all for me. I don’t even know how to hold it and hit the shutter button at the same time. I often get blurry pics when I try to make a simple photographic note.

Nope, nope, nope. No thanks. I’ll take my Rolleiflex. My Nikon DSLR. My Leica M6. My Graflex Crown Graphic. Or a simple Pentax MX. All with fast lenses. Maybe an Olympus XA in my shirt pocket. Some Ilford HP5 or Kodak Portra. Give me something I can create with, where I’m in control. I’m good.

My phone is for phone calls. And I suppose texts and emails.

I dream of someday limiting it to just those three things. Getting rid of all the other apps. All of them. A simple communication device.

I’m not there yet. As I said, someday.

If you want to reach me, leave a message. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can–I’m probably out making photographs and if I have my way, I have the phone ringer off.

2 thoughts on “My Phone is For Calls, Leave a Message

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  1. Thank you for this text, speaking from my heart. I recently told my friend, the thing I look most forward to, when the pandemia is over, that I don’t always need to carry my phone with me. The answer was surprise. No, I don’t need my phone with me all the time. I basically never use the camera, nor do I need it. Even if I would need a digital photo, I don’t know what for, I’d prefer my old digital camera.


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