Zealots and Radicals.

Today, for some reason, I’m feeling a bit feisty, counter-cultural, spirited, and spunky.

I get in these 60s moods, every now and then, because it feels so damn right.

Enough of what others say and more of what I say.

F$%# off!

I’ve never known moderation in my adult life. Like ever. Never. It’s all or nothing. I’m a full-throttle kind of guy. No off-switch. Pedal the metal. Let’s go and not look back. See ya on the other side.

All or nothing. Full speed ahead.

From, almost, the beginning of holding and handling a camera, in 1975, I knew, deep down, that my experience with this shiny, mechanical object was not going to be casual.

And it certainly and happily wasn’t. Good gahhhh, how I love photography! You had me at hello.

Photography has consumed all of me, all the time.

From the start, no longer had I learned the basics of photography, I spent all my free time, in classrooms and darkrooms, with others who were equally as obsessed about photography as I was.

This group of zealots and craft junkies became my tribe.

I felt creatively at home among this band of brothers and sisters, collaborators, co-creators, and colleagues.

When I converted to iPhone Photography, back in 2011, perhaps because of my 30+ year experience and reputation in commercial photography, I became, rather quickly, an influencer, a teacher, an educator, an evangelist for mobile photography.

And while I have certainly met and hung out with many, well-respected, iPhone photography enthusiasts, over the past decade, almost, across the board, most of these casual snappers have “day jobs” and lives that don’t relate, in the least, to the craft and context of photography.

I didn’t realize this until only recently, but there is a big part of me, that misses the camaraderie and companionship of more intentional, serious-minded iPhone photographers, who share my similar, or even the same, sensibilities and sensitivities about this niche.

Zealots and radicals, like myself, that bleed and breathe photograph
Most people I know, do iPhone photography as a soft passion rather than a hard purpose and profession.
This is exactly why I’m so close to forming a new, private, smaller group of iPhone photographers, who not only share in my photographic approach to iPhone photography but embrace the traditional tenants of photography, in the creation of fine art.

Yes, of course, there are millions and millions of easygoing snappers in the world, that exclusively shoot with phone cameras, often with little-to-know journalistic or artist intent, of life’s simple pleasures and treasures.
There is a much smaller group of those who think of their mobile devices, less like a toy and more like a tool, less like a phone and more like a camera.

Calling all resolute and contemplative iPhone photographers. Where are you?



Jack Hollingsworth