A Nostalgic Journey Through Early iPhoneography: Another Perspective

Remember 2009? It was a simpler time. Flip phones were still clinging on for dear life, but a revolution was brewing in our pockets. Smartphone cameras were evolving rapidly, and a new term had entered the lexicon: iPhoneography. Back then, the idea that the “best” camera wasn't a bulky DSLR was born. The best camera was the one you always had with you.

This book, “Another Perspective,” isn't just a collection of photos.

It's a time capsule, transporting you back to the heady early days of Instagram and mobile photography. The grainy, vintage aesthetic of these images, captured with an early iPhone, tells a story of artistic exploration and the rise of a new creative community.
The spark for me was immediate. With Instagram's launch in late 2009, a whole new world of sharing and discovery opened up. Suddenly, the ability to capture and share stunning visuals was accessible to everyone. The iPhone, particularly the game-changing iPhone 4S, became the go-to tool for this new art form.

London, my adopted city, became my muse.

Its iconic red buses, the labyrinthine network of the London Tube (a particular fascination of mine, as you'll see in the leading lines and architectural compositions throughout the book), and the vibrant energy of the streets all provided endless inspiration.
These photos document not just the city itself but also my own tentative steps into the world of street photography. A testament to the shy yet determined spirit of those early days on Instagram.
In a few cases, it's also a look into something that no longer exists, Such as the iconic tiling of the old Tottenham Court Road station.

“Another Perspective” goes beyond the pictures.

It delves into the personal journey that led to my first exhibitions in London, showcasing a few of the photos you see here. My blog post (linked in the description above) offers a deeper dive into how I embraced the Instagram platform and found my artistic voice.
This book acts as a comprehensive record of those first exhibitions. It allows readers to relive the excitement and community spirit of those early days.

In Short…

  • The Dawn of iPhoneography. Explore the early days of smartphone photography, as the iPhone became the supreme leader for capturing high-quality images on the go.
  • A Love Letter to London. Discover the iconic city through the lens of an early iPhone, with a focus on the London Tube's leading lines and architectural beauty.
  • From Shy Steps to Street Smarts. Witness the evolution of a budding street photographer who takes tentative steps into the world of capturing interesting moments.
  • A Community Takes Root. Relive the excitement and camaraderie of the early Instagram years, when every post was a time for artistic discovery and connection.

But “Another Perspective” isn't just about me.

It's for anyone who feels a nostalgic pang for the early days of social media and mobile photography. It's for those who remember the thrill of discovering a new way to express themselves visually, limitations and all. It's a testament to the power of creativity that can blossom anywhere, with any tool, in the hands of a passionate individual.

So, turn the page, and let's step back in time together.
Explore the world through the lens of an early iPhone camera and rediscover the magic of iPhoneography's pioneering days.

AuthorFabien Butazzi
Author website
Available formatsSoftcover, Hardcover (Dust Jacket), Hardcover (Image Wrap). PDF
SizeSmall Square, 7×7 in, 18×18 cm
Number of Pages60
Publish DateSep 26, 2012
Primary CategoryArts & Photography Books
Additional CategoriesArchitecture, Street, Catalogues
KeywordsiPhoneography, smartphone, Instagram, photography, social media


Please note that the indicated price is for the PDF version.