Photography has evolved over the decades, spurred by technological developments and introduction of new medium. In recent years, more and more people have gotten access to photography thru their mobile phones, opening up an all-new category that we have all come to appreciate : phone photography. With each new smartphone model, each released processing app, each innovative camera feature, phone photography - and photography overall - has become bigger than ever. Billions of images have been uploaded on the internet, majority of which have come from mobile phones. While it can be argued that phone photography still doesn't compare to the quality of digital or film images, it is undeniable that phone cameras could more than hold its own in capturing beautiful moments.
Focus Bulacan has a slew of heavy phone shooters, and this month's featured member is one of them. Meet Eugene Figueroa, the club's Finance Officer and perhaps the foremost phone shooter among the group. His countless hours of doing field work for the Department of Public Works and Highways has taken him to many places, and armed with his cellular phone, he takes advantage of the interesting scenes he encounters while on the job. The result is a wonderful collection of phone images that are definitely feature-worthy.
We asked Jinn some questions about his affection for phone photography :
Q : Let’s start by talking about how you got started with photography. Tell us your story.
Jinn : My interest in photography started when I was still a kid. I was twelve years old when I started taking photographs with a Canon point-and-shoot camera which was handed down to me by my uncle. As years went by my interest in photography grew stronger so that's when I told myself that I'm going to get myself my own SLR camera someday when I'm already earning my own money.
Q : We noticed that lately, you seem to shoot more with your phone. What’s the main reason?
J : Basically, the nature of my job with the DPWH has a lot to do with it. I travel a lot, surveying roads and bridges and I can't carry my DSLR with me all the time so I use the next best thing—my cellphone's camera.
Ever wondered what's inside the bags of photographers? Aside from cameras, there's a lot of stuff that fits in there, each having a purpose. For every kind of shoot, there's a different set of possibilities of what a photographer could bring. We're going to ask Focus Bulacan members what they put in their bags when they go out to shoot. This will be a weekly feature that we're going to post in our Facebook page. We will also include the weekly featured photos in this post, to be updated every month.
Check back soon! :)
Every month, we have a feature on our members, our photography idols, and other photography issues we feel deserve a heads-up.