But then anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with Photoshop can also produce their own variations. Here's just a few ideas I came up with pretty quickly for my Blackberry Q10 files.
Instagram and Hipstamatic actual filtering and Photoshop work to make them look like that. Are they 'artistic?' No of course they aren't. Are they 'creative?' Don't make me laugh. Are they fashionable?' Unfortunately yes they are, though for the life of me I can't see why.
The point is this stuff is easy, commonplace, been around for years and yet somehow millions of people feel inclined to do it. The shot above with the boats is an Instagram creation. Below is the original. Unfiltered, untouched and straight as it came off the phone.
And now back to photography.
So I guess I'm somewhat unusual in that I use my basic camera in my phone to create 'straight' shots. And it does work for that. Obviously far too 'old-hat' for many of the phone photographer fraternity, but I like them and more to the point others do too and pay me to use them.
Crazy filtering will of course pass and as I've written before I think the better camera phone pictures get, the less inclined people will be to ruin them. However there may be some time before that happens and in the meantime I suspect we will have to get used to photo trash insulting our visual sensitivities.
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