I added captions identifying each picture, but they are not appearing in this gallery. For individual image artist information, CLICK HERE.
I had an email exchange with a developer yesterday. I was curious about an idea I had for an app for Pixels, to augment the social network aspect of the site with a simplified UI and perhaps add in a monthly photo contest to attract engagement. He mentioned selling prints and I said that wasn’t what I was after for Pixels, instead Pixels was a curated gallery. He responded, “Curated by whom? Everybody’s a curator on Pinterest now.” And I replied, “You obviously have no knowledge of iPhone photography history or my place in it. Not bragging, just stating a fact. You should go to the press section of the site and watch my Macworld talk from 2013.
“But your question brought a smile to my face.”
He then complimented Pixels, which was nice. But we aren’t going to be doing anything in terms of building something.
The day before I had been at the the Apple Store, getting a phone fixed. The woman asked me what I did. I mention music and art. She asked what kind of art and I mentioned Pixels & iphoneography. She wanted to see some images so I showed her some on my phone. Some of the ones she liked the best were ones from 2010 and 2011, shot on an iPhone 2 or a 3GS, apped with apps like ToyCamera and LoFi that are sadly now long gone.
It got me thinking, to say the least. Kind of put me in a funk. That’s what happens whenever I think about doing something with Pixels. Combined with going on Facebook and seeing a discussion about alternatives to Facebook for the community via the Dayflash app (an instagram imitator) and Vero, a photo-sharing app.
I need to remember to just enjoy having Pixels up and running. I am grateful for the artists who contribute. Of course I wish more of the old Pixels artists would take part, but people seem to be so used to the user interfaces of FB and IG, anything more complex is problematic for them. And they don’t care about image resolution, censorship, or searchable archives. They say they do, but they don’t.
Pixels will remain the archive of the early history of the iPhone art movement. I have a couple things in the works which may or may not pan out. The building of my Pixilation Studio + Gallery is part of one of them.
The discussion with the woman at the Apple Store reminded me of this amazing show we did at LACDA in 2012.
This article and gallery is the 29,278th post on Pixels.
I am ready for my close-up now.