It’s more challenging nowadays to establish your personal style because anyone can be a photographer. With smartphones carrying more capable cameras, and compact cameras becoming more like DSLRs everyday, photography has become even more convenient and mobile. It’s no wonder some people decide to take it up for the sole purpose of making money. International stock photo agency Alamy has even rescinded its previous ban on mobile photography because so many people are getting into it now. These new developments encourage smartphone users to push the limits of mobilography more and more every day. Some of the results, like the ones below, are pretty cool.
Mirrors is an ongoing iPhone photography project by Greek artist Panos Papanagiotou. It focuses on urban living details in a mirrored format. What was once a boring slice of architecture is photographed looking like something from the future when viewed in this particular style. The project as a whole appears to be quite abstract, but a closer look reveals what the subject really is, or at least parts of it. They’re everyday objects that a lot of people would dismiss without a second glance, but turned out to be quite interesting after a few tweaks.
We see quite a number of mirrored images or reflective surfaces in general especially when it comes to landscapes, as still water with decent lighting makes an excellent mirror. Puddles and windows make for excellent mirrored images as well.
The mirrored effect is a great way to take something dull and unassuming and make it appear more interesting. I like how Panos used the same post-processing style in all his photos; it adds to the cohesiveness of the series.
Smartphone users have countless apps to choose from to simulate the mirrored effect, but Mirrorgram and Symmetry are two of the best on the iPhone. For Android, try Photo Effects. If you have a Mac or iPad, just fire up Photo Booth and select the Mirror effect.
It’s a shame that Panos’ photos were only shot with an iPhone. I think they would look great blown up as well. If you’re choosing what photography apps to download or invest in, take note that some of the older, free or “lite” apps tend to greatly reduce the resolution of the images.
At present, the image quality produced by smartphones just isn’t up to par for the ‘serious photographers’ and clients, so contrary to what companies are suggesting, I don’t see it replacing compact cameras anytime soon. Nevertheless, projects like this show that a creative eye is all it takes to produce an interesting set of images.