My husband and I watch a singing competition called the X Factor. The judges are looking for that certain something that sets one musical artist apart from the others.
The photographic work of Ian Garrington (Instagram user name @iangarrington) definitely has the X Factor, X as in excellent! I was drawn to the dramatic moods he portrays in his images all taken with his iPhone. Ian only started posting on Instagram a few months ago and says, “It’s helped me rediscover my love of photography after letting it slip for a few years.” The love for his work definitely shines through in his provocative images.
Ian’s list of favorite apps include Noir Photo, Pro Filter, ColorSplash, Dramatic Black and White and PictureShow. He’s currently looking to simply his workflow and says “If I can’t create what I’m looking for using Snapseed then I’m probably over doing it.”
Thank you Ian for allowing me to share your beautiful images. Please visit Ian’s site on Statigram or Ink361 or follow him on Instagram @iangarrington.
***UPDATED January 8, 2013***
Over at The App Whisperer Dilshad Corleone (@italianbrother) penned an article on his photographic journey and one particular comment on the article caught my eye. It was posted by my Instagram “brother” Ian Garrington. I thought that the comment along with a few of his latest images were worth sharing (I also added them to the feature I already posted on Ian).
Ian says of his own photographic journey:
“My love of photography started back in the mid 90′s when treading the backpacker trail through Africa and Asia. The brand new camera I’d saved for and took with me, perished within the first week during a storm sailing to Zanzibar on a dhow. As with you I then resorted to cheap plastic cameras and disposables for the rest of my year long journey, but just could not stop snapping away at the amazing sights, scenes and people along the way. The results and quality were mixed and mainly still sit in an old box in the garage, but what was for sure was that I had become addicted to capturing images of street life and people.
Late 90′s I ended up in San Francisco where I purchased my first SLR and signed up for a correspondence course with New York Institute of Photography. It was enlightening but I started losing interest when it became more focused on the technicalities of studio lighting and the business of photography. I just wanted to be out on the streets snapping away which I continued to do. SF is an amazing place for capturing weird and wonderful characters who don’t mind having a big SLR pointed in their direction.
Kids then appeared and my time available for wandering the backstreets of the tenderloin and Mission became limited and my photo focus was directed towards cute pics of the little ones. I’ve got 1000′s of pics of them which I love but my photo bug slowly started fading away until 6 months ago when a friend showed me this new iPhone app called Instagram where people post their mobile phone pics. I was highly skeptical even though I’d owned an iPhone for a while, I’d never even considered using the piddly little ‘novelty’ camera that was built in for people who didn’t have or know how to use a ‘proper’ camera. How misguided I was!
What I’ve come to realize is that mobile photography is the enabler for me to capture the type of images I’ve always wanted to and typically been unable to due to the nature of a traditional SLR camera where anonymity is not straight forward if your looking for candid street shots. It allows me to focus on what’s really important which is the image and capturing the moment, rather than the quality of the camera and lens.
I’m now a born-again photography enthusiast thanks to my little phone and the inspiration of mobile artists such as yourself who validate this art form and show the possibilities.”
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