Photo Lounge Meeting 6: PHONE OR NO PHONE.

© Vicky Martin, from the project “Not in Kansas.” This week’s featured artist.

That which is most personal is most universal.

– Henry Nowan


It’s quite easy in this digital age to discredit our telephones for the silly contraption that allows us to take snaps with selfie sticks.  I avoid using my cell phone camera like the plague, and am certainly not the only guilty person to roll my eyes at a series of people taking a terribly lit photograph of their breakfast.  But when I do these things, I’m taking for granted a tool that I have at my disposal.  Cell phones produce a better quality than any of my first-ever photos taken with a digital point-and-shoot, and the convenience of having a camera on us at all times can often be forgotten to the “wise ones” who know the true value of a beautifully framed image with shallow depth of field. No, there’s no mistaking that a SLR has the easiest manipulation factors, but this weeks series of images truly reminded me that a photograph taken with a phone is better than all of the thousands of photographs I’ve chosen to pass up and not take at all. Can you spot which one of ours are sneaky cell phone pictures? We were certainly surprised by some.


This week, due to my poor planning skills, we didn’t discuss our featured photographer of the week. The second democratic debate was held on this night, and I realized just how much time our discussing the work of others takes up in our evening.  I’m not quite sold on the idea of NOT sharing work that doesn’t belong to our members, but re-formatting seems to be in the works. If you were interested in learning more about those sparkly heels I skipped over, look no further!


This week we looked over the project titled “Not in Kansas” by Vicky Martin.

“Not In Kansas is a staged series of photographs inspired by the tenacious, self-reliant character Dorothy from the story The Wizard of Oz. Having grown up watching, admiring and being inspired by this character, whose journey of self-discovery overcomes fear and loneliness to become empowered and assertive in a strange land, I chose to create narratives which blur the boundaries between fantasy and truth, offering scenarios within which the protagonist wrestles with feelings of confidence, determination and boldness but is conflicted with ideas of isolation, loneliness, detachment and fear.

The series is photographed in different locations and contexts to explore, illustrate and emphasise these feelings and themes. In each image the protagonist portrays emotional uncertainty, from which the viewer is drawn to interpret the scenario depending upon their own personal perceptions.
The images are composed to simulate a sense of simultaneous coalition of elements of a before or after moment, with a deliberate ambiguity which only the viewer can resolve and further contextualise.”


Read the Lens Magazine article interview and see more of her work here. 


Anna Latino

Austin Soares

Dan Kendricken

Kayla Bertucci

Kylie Harrigan

Lauren Robbins

Maddie Maddox

Jess Voas

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