Hipstamatic: a toy that needs a vision
There are just so many apps available for taking pictures on the iPhone that one does not easily know what to choose, although a little googling will give you lots of lists with peoples’ favourites. Hipstamatic is sure to turn up as one of them. So I downloaded it a while ago, but I must admit that I have not really often found a good way for using it.
It is a nice toy, but you really have to take a different look at taking pictures. I find that difficult. My vision is more ‘traditional’, most of the time. I want to take pictures that are sharp (selectively), well-exposed (for the purpose), etc. The creativity is in finding a good perspective, a good composition–and in knowing what the picture should get across to the viewers.
This Hipstamatic game requires a different type of creativity and vision. It is more about colour, mood, and emotional vehicles to get ‘something’ across to the viewers. But I guess that it also leaves more freedom to the viewers–requires more involvement of the viewers as well, though: you as a viewer have to think much more about what this picture with these effects says to you. I’m curious to know if this one says anything to you. Reactions are welcome!