The road to Instagram

Graffiti, Brick Lane Market.
Story and photographs by Mark Lyndersay
Published in the T&T Guardian on April 26, 2016

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Getting to Instagram meant getting to smartphone photography; something I’d been notably diffident to for most of the development of the smartphone technology.
A caveat. When it comes to imagemaking, I’m a bit of a luddite when it comes to new developments.
I malingered on digital capture in favour of scanning negatives right up until 2006, when Canon’s digital Rebel cameras marked the definitive nexus of image quality and cost.
Somewhere around the release of Samsung’s S3, the photographs that these handheld communications devices began to draw my attention.

If I had to characterise my response to digital developments in photography, it would be this: “No, no no. Okay, where’s the deep end?”
To that end, I spent 2015, from January 01 to December 31, immersed in a commitment
to daily image capture using a smartphone.
This looks like the year when smartphone manufacturers begin raising their game in creating photographic tools that are designed to replace all except the most high-end of picture making devices.
I’ve been testing
Huawei’s P9 and Samsung’s S7, both of which approach the challenges of making big pictures using a tiny device in different ways. This is how that’s been going.

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