Two months ago I lost my Nikon D90. Too many flights across too many countries and somehow it was gone–stolen? forgotten? I’m still not sure. All I know is that eighteen hours later as I gathered up my things in the plane, my camera bag was nowhere to be found. Three thousand dollars worth of lenses, body and gear disappeared into thin air.
Knowing it would be quite a long time before I’d hold a replacement camera in my hands, I did the only thing left for a photographer to do. I picked up my phone, wiped the tiny camera lens off on the back of my jeans and filled the frame with something I loved. Point, click, shoot. No comparison to choosing f-stops, changing lenses or messing around with the ISO, but photography just the same.
My phone took on new meaning, and I started to actually enjoy what I could do with basically only one tool left in my toolbox: composition. It took me back to the very beginning, when the only thing I focused on was what to put in the frame. I felt energized at how simple the whole process was. And I started shooting even more than I had with my D90. The camera–I mean, phone–was on me every single day anyway. Anything and everything I ever wanted to shoot was fair game.
I still don’t know when (or exactly how) my next “real” camera will come to me, but I’m starting not to care. This little phone in my back pocket is revitalizing my love of our craft, and I honestly don’t think after this, my photography will ever be quite the same.
Do you use your phone to shoot? Share your favorite on the fly images in the comments below. And if you’re not sure where to start with this new emerging genre, check out Stephanie’s The Art of IPhoneography. You’ll be inspired to get out and make a whole new world of images.