She has the eye and the iPhone

Historians may one day judge the impact of the smart phone to be greater than that of the digital photo revolution that preceded it.

An analogy can be made to the Ford Model T. The Tin Lizzie wasn't the first automobile a century ago, but its mass production and affordability made it the catalyst for change.

The iPhone and its competitors have brought mobility to computing and telecommunications, and who could overlook the unprecedented proliferation of the camera phone?

Sarah Jules can count two firsts with her new exhibition in The Cube at Kamloops Art Gallery: Her first art show and the gallery's first show of iPhoneography.

'I'm an amateur," she said at Saturday's opening. "I do have a degree in art history, but (photography) is not something I've done professionally."

A lifelong photographer, Jules has taken to her IPhone like a fish to water.

"I've always been a photographer. My Dad bought me a Kodak Instamatic when I was five years old. I've been a photographer ever since. It's my passion."

What is impressive about iPhoneography is that the images - rich in colour, varied in perspective and engaging in their subject matter - appear to be taken with a more precise and versatile single-lens reflex camera.

Surprise! Some of us have yet to wake up to the fact that within the smart phone's compact package is a camera waiting to be unleashed on the world. And sometimes the world doesn't know it.

Jules' images are candid travel shots captured over the past two years. There is no posing or pretense, so the spontaneity of the moment is preserved.

"They say the best camera to have is the one you have with you. It's real easy and convenient."

The other advantage is that a camera phone is far more discreet than the old, standard single-lens reflex cameras.

"People are aware that you're taking their picture, whereas with the camera phone, they're not."

She also points to the device's versatility, which helps explain the quality of her images. While the Apple iPhone is not the top-selling smart phone on the market, a position held by Google's Android-based phones, it does offer greatest versatility. Apple's App store offers about 425,000 apps compared to Android's 200,000.

"It's the apps that make the difference, and all the different filters."

Craig Willms, KAG's assistant curator, had been watching her photography on Facebook and suggested they collaborate on a show. They spent two months sifting through images to come up with 45.

While it's Jules' first show, it likely won't be her last.

"This has been an amazing experience."

iPhoneography is accompanied by My Community Everyday, a group show of cellphone photography by local students in grades six through 12. The group show can be found in the BMO Open Gallery in the atrium of the TNRD Civic Building.

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