Phoneography: photos from phones by Mitch Eckert and YOU[Visual Art]

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Phoneography: a photo taken by a phone. Gone are the days where a phone is simply used for making phone calls. There was once a time where the phone was nothing more than a tin can and rope stretched from room to room, where voices carried by vibration, then as technology grew phones changed, and advanced.

Cameras also have changed drastically through the years, and the combination of phone/camera has made the ability for someone to capture an image immediately without having a carry around a large camera and case.  

MITCH ECKERTs exhibit of Phoneography was an example of the extent smart phones, and cameras have grown. Using an IPhone with Hipstamatic all of his photos have the ability to be produced in the same aspect as a photo taken with a digital camera.

Eckert has been using the phone for photography since 2010. He has been a photographer, and professor at the University of Louisville for 14 years. He has an  undergraduate degree from the Herrin School of Art in Indianapolis, and a Graduate Degree from Ohio State University.

You will notice the caption says Mitch Eckert and YOU. The “AND YOU” included approximately 200 3x5’s taken by several phoneographist, including yours truly. In writing this, I had the privilege of not only viewing the brilliance of Eckert, but being chosen to display my own photography. Each photo is for sale for $20, and $5 of that goes to the 930 Art Center, which is fine with me. Anything that profits art, and helps it to grow, especially knowing that I have grandchildren that are interested in the arts. It is only by continuing to support the arts can we keep them alive for the next generations to come.

The concerts following the artists’ reception was great.

KEVIN SPEARS opened the show. Playing a kalimba, a traditional African instrument, and using a synthesizer he was literally a one man band. He should have been allowed to play more than the 15 minutes he was allotted because he is extremely talented and the crowd was open and receptive to him.

GO MORDECAI, an indie pop group played next. Playing since 2011, they are openers for The Deloreans and Noise New York.

DAVE MOISAN, who has opened for Matthew Perryman Jones and Katie Herzig closed the show.  Listen for him on WFPK, debutting his tune “Ungravity”

To view and purchase a photo go to: the exhibit will be showing throughout June.

The 930 Art Center

930 Mary Street

Louisville, KY 40204

(502) 338-5857

http://www.the930.org

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