Capturing Childhood: With a Phone

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I am rather attached to my phone. It really is marvellous; I can talk to people online and off, I can keep up with my favourite blogs, I can play games but most of all I love it because it’s the camera always in my pocket.

Don’t get me wrong; I adore my DSLR but the immediacy of taking, editing and uploading pictures with the iPhone is hard to beat. How many times have you cursed leaving your camera at home? It happens to me a lot but in truth what I capture with my phone may not have made me remove the lens cap on my camera. These moments are intimate and casual; the moments you wish you could pause forever.

 

Images taken with an iPhone3 and filtered in Instagram (except the green cardigans which was an iPhone4S + Instagram).

Back in the early days of being a Mama, the photos I took on my phone didn’t go much further than my husband or a couple of friends. But in the last five years Twitter and Instagram have enabled me to share my pictures widely. In minutes I can connect with people who, for that second, care what’s happening. It’s not just sharing pictures. I’m sharing so many tiny pieces of our lives and the joy of those moments. One at a time they might not be much but stacked up together my phone pictures represent the very best of times.

Last year when Betsy, my third and (allegedly) final child, wore her first proper outfit I posted a photo of her and added the hashtag #BetsysWardrobe on a whim. For each different item of clothing she wore I grabbed a picture under the Betsy’s Wardrobe banner and slowly built up a record of my last baby wearing the beautiful clothes I had so carefully chosen. This little collection of pictures tells a story, not only of what Betsy wore but who she is and how she grew along the way.

For all the people asking me if they need a ‘proper’ camera to join us on Collect the Moments, I say: the one on your phone will do just fine.

Find Kat and Kat on Instagram as katgold78 and thatkat.

Image taken with and iPhone4S and cropped on the computer.

9 Comments:

  • May 4, 2012

    You are absolutely right though! I didn’t appreciate just how much of my kids lives are captured using my phone until I had to go from a fancy Blackberry to an unbranded brick which takes pictures the size of a postage stamp and can’t do MMS at all. Now I wish I could get a shiny iphone/blackberry/samsung but its too expensive for me now.
    Before I switched to the brick I didn’t have a camera because I didn’t need one. I’ve gone 6months without a camera and the kids ask me why I don’t take pictures of them so I’ve had to borrow a very old digital camera until I can afford to either get an iPhone or buy a decent camera!
    You don’t realise just how much you use such a convenient thing like the camera and picture sharing apps on your phone are until you can’t use them.

    • Kat M
      May 4, 2012

      Wow – I don’t know if I could cope in the same situation (I might be a photo-obsessive…). I was recently given the option to upgrade my battered old iPhone to a shiny new android but I couldn’t live without Instagram! (ironically now on android)

  • May 4, 2012

    For the whole of 2011, my DSLR and compact cameras were both broken (thanks to rather overenthusiastic toddlers), so every picture I took last year was on my iPhone 4. And I honestly don’t think many of my family and friends would guess. I absolutely love the picture quality, and like you, I like the fact that I have my phone on me almost all the time so I can capture any moment. The only problem is the vast number of pictures I have amassed. I really need to get on top of cataloguing them in some way!

    • Kat M
      May 4, 2012

      That’s a really good point. Kat G is very organised with her photos, me: not so much…

  • May 4, 2012

    I flit between my dslr and my phone depending on what’s nearest but my favourite phone pictures are the self portraits Kitty takes when she’s playing around with my phone – you can’t do that with the big camera!

    • Kat M
      May 4, 2012

      You really can’t! My youngest is just one and she already loves taking pictures of herself.

  • May 11, 2012

    I’ve mentioned before about the lack of a camera mentally holding me back a bit. I use my iphone camera out of necessity and recently I’ve learned how to focus it better. The only problem I have is its speed. I feel like I have to anticipate what the children might do. I’m slightly regretting not upgrading from an iphone 3gs.

    • Kat G
      May 11, 2012

      I find that frustrating about the phone camera as well. My phone is really old and slow to load, and I get soooo irritated. But I am trying to get into a habit of keeping it out and using it more, because I can’t always have my other camera with me. I have found the more I use it the better I get at the anticipation element and it is getting easier.

    • Kat M
      May 11, 2012

      I’d also add that the delay you get between hitting the button and the capture is common to most point & shoot digital cameras in my experience. If you get the chance to upgrade to a 4S grab it as it’s the best phone / point & shoot I’ve used (constantly nicking Mr Kat’s phone for the camera!). Kat M x

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