I Am A Photographer

Since February 18, 2011, the popular date of my intentional and very beloved conversion to iPhone photography, almost without exception, except for a brief, early, experimental stage of over-processing, over-apping, and over-filtering, I have proudly and passionately been committed to a more traditional, straight, photographic approach to my iPhone photography.

My approach to iPhone photography, in general, has been very similar to my approach to photography with standalone cameras-minimal, lyrical, beautiful, natural, emotional, and simple.

At the end of the day, I have always wanted my photographs to look and feel like traditional photographs and less like pictorial illustrations and representations of other legitimate and equally celebrated art forms.

I have no built-in bias toward other types and forms of photography. Not at all. To each their own.

I photograph, what I photograph, and in the way I photograph, based on my own, personal, unique, distinctive life experiences.

It’s as simple as that.
I like what I like. I love what I love.
I like and appreciate photography, as its own unique art form.

I like photography, as an art form, for the special, unique, and distinctive assets it brings to the art stage of photography-exposure, focus, color balance, dynamic range, realism, authenticity, credibility, emotion, color, design, shape, texture, shadow, and line.

Recently, while on a content-creation search, I found these two quotes, both from photographers I admire.
The first is from the legendary Alfred Stieglitz

“Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs.”
And the second from, equally legendary Alfred Steichen
“I want my photographs to look like photographs, not illustrations……”
Sigh of appreciation.

It got me thinking about my own intention to the craft of photos that capture the appearance and spirit of traditional photography, not pictorial approximations or expressions of other genuine art forms. I aim to produce photos that emulate the style and essence of classic photography, rather than artistic simulations or portrayals of other valid art forms

I am a photographer. And I am content with my lot and love.



Jack Hollingsworth