Opening Reception - iPhonography: Images Along the White Rock Creek Trail
July 7, 2012
to 9 PM
512 East Lawther Drive , Dallas, TX
Starting just north of White Rock Lake in Dallas, and snaking along near its namesake creek, the White Rock Creek Trail stretches about 7 miles north of the lake and extends beyond LBJ Freeway. Seeking to combine two of his favorite things, biking and photography, celebrated photojournalist Guy Reynolds started making a series of images along the trail not long ago. The photographer uses his iPhone camera and the Hipstamatic phone application rather than tote a real camera during his biking outings. Hipstamatic is a program that uses a smartphone’s camera to shoot square format photographs that are recorded with software filters, flashes, and lenses that emulate the look and feel of photographs that were taken with an old film toy camera. A favorite combination of the photographer is using the John S Lens and BlacKeys SuperGrain Film settings, which yields black-and-white images with a heavy border and some vignetting.
When camera phones and apps started appearing a couple years ago, the photographer was very hesitant to embrace them and thought they were nothing but gimmicks that real photographers wouldn't stoop to. However, time changes things, and Reynolds now uses his phone more often than a real camera. The photographer points out: “The phone is always with me. It produces results that, while not what I can get with better equipment, are certainly acceptable for most applications.”
Guy Reynolds has worked as a photo editor for The Dallas Morning News since 1997. The photographer also worked in Indianapolis, Baton Rouge, and Winston-Salem. His art photographs have been exhibited in multiple art venues, as well as on many online sites, including his Flickr Photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/guyr
Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Curator of Exhibitions for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, curated this exhibition.
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