Over at lifeinlofi.com, the only website devoted to iphoneography that has been around longer than Pixels, Marty Yawnick wrote a kind piece about the relaunch of Pixels. In it he said:
Back in the early days of iPhoneography, the photos were low resolution and low fidelity. There were only just dozens of good photo apps. Creating art on the iPhone often felt like working on a very small canvas with a very large brush. Dig back through PIXELS’s earliest archives. Most of those works still hold up.
Knox and I have remained friends over the years. On a personal note, I truly believe that without his feedback and guidance, the art of mobile photography might have taken a very different, less artistic turn in its formative years. Yeah, the case can be made that someone else might have stepped up to that position regardless, but Knox did a lot to set the creative bar pretty high.
The fact is no one ever stepped up to create another curated site. I was always hoping someone would do so. I guess the point was moot, in retrospect: ninety percent of the best artists were already on Pixels anyway!
As to me setting the bar, it was always the artists who set the bar. I only had the wherewithal to enforce it in service to the movement. Everybody who followed, from iPhoneArt.com on down to today’s third and fourth movers on Facebook, benefitted from my curation at Pixels.
I have been working on a project for a while and realized I needed some help, so I brought in an art consultant. She was blown away by the work of about fifty Pixels artists I had put together. She said, “I can’t believe these were done on an iPhone!” How many times have we heard that?
She helped me weed out the A- and B+ images, so that we were left with just the A+, as she put it, images.
When I launched Pixels in late November of 2009, Flickr was dominated by the street photographers sharing pictures of people walking down the sidewalk away from the photographer, telling each other how great they were.
Pixels changed that.