Last week I learned about Patrice Elmi, a visual artist who gave up her 35 mm camera last year and has been using her cell phone camera to capture "colorful abstracts of urban settings. According to the Associated Press, even LG Electronics, who is the maker of the phone Elmi uses, didn't believe her photos originated from its LG-8100 phone when she asked the company to sponsor a recent gallery exhibit of her camera-phone art.
According to her website, Elmi uses only "pure, glowing color from either early morning or late afternoon sunlight to create her images that marry art and photography into a unique and vibrant form." Her work is being displayed at an exhibit, "Views From a Cell" in Los Angeles. As someone who has given up on taking quality photos with my cell phone (seriously, they are never good enough to e-mail to friends, let alone share with strangers!) I can't imagine ever capturing a gallery-worthy cell phone picture, but maybe I am just inexperienced.