The Rise Of The Camera Phone.


I’m a big fan of iPhoneography- the art of shooting with a camera phone, although as a professional, I probably shouldn’t say that. There are many in my industry that raise an eyebrow at this entire concept, but for me, it has become an extremely useful tool in my arsenal.

There is a completely different skillset involved when using camera phones; for one, you are for the most part at a fixed focal length (some camera phones offer zooming capabilites, but the quality is pretty poor), so you quickly become aware of what you’ll capture even before you’ve pulled out your phone & lined up the shot. secondly,the flash units built into camera phones are pretty awful, so you find yourself constantly balancing the ambient light in the frame.
Professionally, iPhoneography is still in it’s infancy so i’m not expecting to sell a great deal of my work right now (if any), but at this point in time, that’s not how I am utilising it. The camera phone for me is a teaser tool, a means of dropping a quick frame from a shoot or location & feeding it into my social media channels to keep the followers interested & engaged.
I’ve been working hard over the previous year to build up my own hashtag on the EyeEm platform of “On-Location” which seems to be working well for this purpose, but going forward, I have no doubt in my mind that iPhoneography will be a feature to my revenue stream. I also find iPhoneography to be a very discreet method of shooting in certain social situations, as you’ll see below & going forward, I can see professional commissions being booked for that very reason.
So below, for your viewing pleasure are my fifty favourite frames of 2013. The top ten are first up with the rest in no particular order- Enjoy!


1. I spotted this group of pigeons congregating on the roof of my neighbour’s house one morning, East London.


2. My son Liam enjoying a bit of house music at home in East London.


3. This is the fire escape to one of the jeweller’s shops in Hatton Garden, London.

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4. Passport control at Barcelona Airport, Barcelona, Spain.


5. I spotted these gents replacing their sign whilst sitting at a red light in Bethnal Green. Paradise it ain’t…


6. This was shot at dusk from the Emirates Air Line as a plane comes in to land at London’s City Airport. It just goes to show how much the quality of phone cameras have advanced. A year ago, I doubt i’d have been able to capture this frame.


7. This was shot whilst on a shoot in Halifax, Yorkshire. This is the footbridge leading to the railway station.


8. Up at the O2, Greenwich, South London. This is another example of how far cameraphone technology has advanced. This is a very heavy crop, yet there is still enough clarity in the frame (just about!).


9. My boy enjoying a hazy summer stroll through my local park, East London.


10. Silhouettes & shadows out shopping in Westfield, Stratford.

And in no particular order, here are the rest of my iPhoneography highlights of the year:

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This is probably the most significant photograph i’ve taken this year as regards to my own journey. I was born in St. Bart’s Hospital just opposite this building & seventeen years later, it was the offices to the right of the sign where I began my photographic career for the Bl!nk Picture Agency, Smithfield, London.

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Camden Market, Camden, North London.

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My boy (again!) getting his first haircut, Holloway, North London.

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Reflections in a puddle, Victoria Park, East London.

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Love in the air, Farringdon, London.

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Rememberance Sunday, King’s Cross Station, North London.

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I shot this early one morning whilst walking the dog, East London.

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This was shot on-set at ITV’s This Morning, The London Studios, South London.

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Christopher Columbus Statue, Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain.

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The production line at Guenther Bakeries, Banbury, Oxfordshire.

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This was from a summer party I shot in London’s West End. We were waiting on the special guest; model & actress Kelly Brook to arrive, but as is often the case, she was running late. I was so bored waiting, I took this shot of my own feet.

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I spotted this stunning Lamborghini at the car wash just off busy Edgware Road, London whilst sitting at the lights. One thing about photographers is our brains are never switched off- we’re always aware of our surroundings scouting for future locations & looking out for the unusual.

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The Marriott Hotel, Canary Wharf, East London.

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This was from a potato farming shoot on the Elvenden Estate, Suffolk.

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This was from a fantastic architectural project I undertook in Belgravia, West London.

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The one & only “selfie” included of me looking like a wally on a shoot at an abattoir in Norfolk.

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Dusk at the gas works, East London.

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Lobster pots at Muddeford Quay, Christchurch, Dorset.

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This is from a shoot at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre, Waltham Abbey, Middlesex.

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News Slot, Westminster, London.

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Urban art, Shoredich, East London.

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Mews house, Harley Street, London.

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I spotted this very skillful woman applying intricate eye makeup on a packed DLR train one morning. This is yet another example why i’m such a fan of iPhoneography ; discression. When i pulled my iPhone from my pocket, nobody batted an eyelid. If i’d have pulled out a professional camera, I would’ve surely caught her attention & missed the shot.

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This was from a shoot 1,500 feet above London’s Gatwick Airport.

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Cookie Island, Gallion’s Reach, east London.

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Hot Chocolate, East Ham, East London.

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This was from a late night shoot at LBC’s studios in Leicester Square, London.

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This was from a shoot for Children in Need at a studio in Old Street, London.

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Fairy Lights, Tower Bridge, South London.

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One more from my shoot in Halifax, Yorkshire. I thought it was supposed to be grim up north?

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Last one of my boy from the same stroll around the park as above, East London.

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I spotted this colour co-ordinated restaurant & motorbike in Charlotte Street, West London.

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Meat Mission- top end burger joint, Hoxton, East London.

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Dusk at the O2, Greenwich, South London.

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Dropping some grooves late one night, East London.

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Summer stroll on the docks, East London.

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Last one from my shoot in Barcelona, Spain. Not sure whom the statue was, but it made a pretty silhouette.

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Railway lines, Stratford, East London.

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Dawn in Brixton, South London. This was from a shoot on the day of the budget at a”how to get hired” workshop for young adults.

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Last frame & we’re out with a smile- My loopy father-in-law Shay enjoying a spot of rum at a barbecue over the summer at my place, East London.

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my look back at the year that was 2013 through the lens of my camera phone. Should you wish to see more examples of my iPhoneography or you’d like to keep up-to-date with my postings, feel free to click this EyeEm link & follow me.
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