iPhoneography is what happens when, for some silly reason, I haven’t bothered to take a camera out with me.  Then, of course, I immediately see a composition I want to photograph and have to rely on my phone to do the job.  Here’s five pictures from the past few months taken in this way.  The first is a mid-winter self portrait of my shadow with bike: it’s taken by the toposcope on Mountain Drive.  The second is a picture of the cathedral in Turku, Finland that I grabbed one cold May evening.  The third is shot from the little bridge in the Botanic Gardens on my way to work: I often stop to admire this patch of jungle.  The fourth is dark, it’s an after sunset shot of Grahamstown that really stretches the capability of the camera.  The last one uses the panorama function to capture the big landscape that we live in: it’s taken looking west into the sunset along Mountain Drive.


Echo of the Scream

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is one of the world’s most easily remembered works of expressionist art. Imagine my surprise to see echoes of the painting in the scum below the bridge in Grahamstown’s Botanic Gardens.

Echo one: I was on a bridge.

Echo two: there was a distorted shape in the watery scum.

Echo three: the swirls and colours were eerily reminiscent of the originals, especially after I brought out the contrast using iPhoto.

I had decided to take my camera into work with me that day because it was so beautifully clear after all the rain (100mm in 24 hours) – and I ended up looking down into a dirty stream.

Scream Echo


I think my scream looks more like a water swept lion than a tortured man holding his head though …


The Scream