This piece by CNN contributor Lauren Russell begins by spotlighting Karen Divine, a photographer with over four decades of experience to her credit. After this time in the traditional medium, Divine has begun to compose all of her fine art photography on her iPhone.
And critics are taking notice.
The series has not only been recognized as great iPhone work, but it also stacks up well against traditional photography. Her work won two awards in the international Eyephoneography photography competition and won first place in the Fine Art Nude category in the Lucie Awards, an international photography competition.
Another artist, David Swann, states, "It's not out of disrespect for traditional processes, it's just another way of taking a creative idea and putting it out there for people to share."
Isn't that what art is all about? Expressing oneself to communicate a message?
The other interesting fact about mobile photography is how much more accessible it has made the creative process.
It's not only experienced artists playing on their phones. Smartphones and apps provided a platform and tools for creative types who hadn't pursued art because of lack of training or supply funding. Daria Polichetti and her partner, Nate Park, launched the website iphoneart.com in 2010 for mobile artists to upload their portfolios and share techniques with each other. They hosted the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival in August, which they said was the largest gathering of mobile art to date with more than 200 artists' work showcased.
That's one of the purposes of art: to spread a message, to provoke thinking, to spurn involvement in a movement. So mission, accomplished.