I think it was the autumn of 2004 when I bought my first cell phone with an installed camera. The Nokia 6600, with an image resolution of only 0.3 Mp.
My got very excited. From that moment I began to take pictures with my new camera with a passion unexpectedly renewed.
(written in 2015)
In my first years of studying the art of photography I wanted to get rid, if possible, of this bulky and inconvenient object; the camera. And this new “machine” came to offer me that freedom. The limited phone camera-abilities of that time won me over in an instant. From that day on the film became a thing of the past. The automation, the immediate result, the minimum size, the new deferent color quality and the bigger lighting range, were the factors that kept me in telephone photography.
Ten years later, I remember the excitement of my first phone camera while experiencing the present photography craze that has gripped almost the world's population. Today’s photographic production from the owners of “smart” phones creates a massive amount of digital material of unprecedented and constant growth. The consequences are great but still unknown. Nevertheless, we already see photographic and video reproduction of reality, penetrating deeply into human relationships and social structures and increasingly affecting reality itself.
Returning almost in nostalgia to those first phone photographic-imprints, I see the traces of the excitement that lasted for some years. It gives me pleasure to see that the quality of color and the warm feelings depicted are still preserved in these photos. The blur of the small resolution adds a sense of impressionistic abstraction to the images of that early period of a later mass digital photo-production. Looking back to this period, I get a distant feeling of an out-of-place dialogue with the current hyper-technological era of selfies.
April 15, 2015, Thessaloniki