iPhone3G - Not ImprovedSunday, December 08, 2019
|Jessica Timmins Venturi 3 December 2019|
Making love to a double bass
My first camera was an Agfa Silette which I bought in a Washington DC pawnshop when I went on a class trip there from our boarding school in Austin Texas in 1956. I was soon frustrated in that I could not remove the lens. So in 1958 I purchased an East German Pentacon-F with a Zeiss F-2.8 Tessar lens.
Since then I have not hoarded or collected cameras. For my career as a magazine photographer beginning in 1976 in Vancouver I bought the cameras that would make me competitive in a tight field. That was the reason why by 1979 I was getting lots of work. Art directors liked my 6x7cm Mamiya RB-67. Its revolving back made it popular and useful for horizontal tww-page spreads and the vertical position for full page bleeds.
Seven years ago my Rosemary strongly urged (nagged) me to get a digital camera. This was a Fuji X-E1 and more recently I obtained an improvement, the Fuji X-E3.
For my personal work (the only work I can generate since I am obsolete, redundant, retired & inconsequential) I like to use film, unusual film panoramic cameras and whatever device will produce original and interesting images in my taste.
Such a device has been my no SIM card iPhone3G. In low light situations with little contrast it works wonders that I believe cannot be obtained by better phones or expensive digital cameras.
My latest efforts (last week with Jessica Timmins Venturi, and in the company of by Portland baroque bassist Curtis Daily) have left me in awe at what I can do with this camera (camera it is) when I dial down the intensity of my studio flash units’s modeling light.