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News: The iPhoneography Blog Calls It Quits

Submitted by on August 28, 2013 – 12:59 pm 19 Comments
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An early screenshot of The iPhoneography Blog as it looked in January, 2009 (Screenshot courtesy of the Internet Wayback Machine)

Today is a dark day for iPhone photography. Glyn Evans, the founder and publisher of The iPhoneography Blog, has decided to call it a day. I am gobsmacked.

Citing personal and other reasons, Glyn has decided to stop writing and publishing The iPhoneography Blog sometime this October.

“Writing the blog has been enjoyable, giving me the opportunity to meet people I would never had met, and a place to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of life, although the past couple of years have been very stressful, both in my day job and my personal life (with my sone having some health issues, and more recently myself having a health scare). A little under a year ago the rot set in, when some of the more active members of what was then a thriving (albeit slightly fractured) iPhoneography community began calling ‘iPhoneography’ a ridiculous name/term. As you would expect from me, I (and a few others) defended the name, but many who I had supported and promoted over the years turned their backs. Added to the stresses of everyday life, this whole unpleasant period made me stop, step back and look at what I had been doing, and the reality was that my photography had suffered in favour of the spell checker.”

Glyn didn’t invent iPhone photography but he’s who we credit with creating and popularizing the phrase “iPhoneography.” As he tells the story, it’s a simple contraction between the words “iPhone” and “photography.” It’s a single word that started a movement.

Launched by Glyn in in November, 2008, The iPhoneography Blog was the first news source available online for the then-budding artform of iPhone photography. The blog has been the number one iPhone photography blog and the leading source of reviews and related news since. You can check out here where it all fits in the overall history of the art form.

When I got my first iPhone five years ago, there was very little information about iPhone photography on the Internet. I was an avid daily reader of The iPhoneography Blog months before I started writing Life In LoFi.

Glyn’s timely reviews were and are honest and candid. Sometimes harsh. As an iPhoneographer and an app hoarder, I’ve appreciated his viewpoints over the years, even as I would write my own reviews.

Throughout the years, The iPhoneography Blog helped to launch many worthy iPhone photo apps. Glyn’s reviews, testing, and feedback have helped to improve many other apps. The iPhoneography Blog was the first to call bullshit on lo-res, crap photo app scams.

Glyn and I have a lot of commonalities in our backgrounds. We both have a long history of analog photography. We shot with many of the same films and even some of the same cameras. We’ve both gotten our hands dirty with chemicals.

One of the things that I’ve always admired about The iPhoneography Blog is that Glyn approaches iPhone photography from the perspective of a photographer. This viewpoint (and the threat of being called out in a bad review on the blog) I think helped set a higher standard for photo apps, especially in the early days of iPhonegraphy.

Other iPhoneography resources have come and gone over the years but Glyn has always been the face of its champion. He’s worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the safety of the iPhoneography brand. Glyn, myself, and others agree that iPhoneography is a unique, nicheworthy segment of photography.

I’m going to miss The iPhoneography Blog very much. Glyn’s reviews and articles are accurate, honest, timely, and straightforward. A project such as a blog should be done out of joy. When it’s no longer fun, it’s time to move on.

Glyn is my friend and I understand why he did this. When he feels like sharing more details, I’m sure he will. He’s still got his iPhone, but he’s also got a sexy new Leica (a camera that I’d be intimidated to shoot. I would just put it on the mantle and fondle it occasionally). I look forward to the photos that he creates with his Cadillac of cameras. Did I say Cadillac? I meant Porsche. A Leica is a sports car.

As much as we don’t want them to sometimes, things change. And five years is a good run in Internet time.

Since 2008, Glyn Evans has helped and inspired countless iPhoneographers, myself included. I’m going to miss The iPhoneography Blog. Along with several other blogs and websites that Glyn has friended over the years, we’ll keep the iPhoneography torch burning. Thank you, Glyn Evans, for everything you do and everything you’ve done.

=M=


Sent from my iPhone. In real life, I know how to spell.

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Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • Mark W2

    oh what a shame. i’ve found it very useful & informative in the early heady days of iphoneography. i’m sure glyn has his reasons. will miss your work mate. thanks!
    mark w2

  • Henry

    That’s a shame, but nothing wrong with moving on! Will miss the site

  • Mike Hardaker

    Very well said, Marty. Glyn’s blog has been an inspiration and will be much missed. I hope he will continue to contribute his trenchant and valuable opinions to the iPhoneography world in a more informal manner—perhaps the odd guest post to Life In LoFi?

    • http://lifeinlofi.com/ Marty Yawnick

      Glyn actually wrote a post or two for LoFi back in the early days. He’s always got a login and a shingle here.

      =M=

      • Mike Hardaker

        Glad to hear it. He has an incisive mind and a deft pen…

        • Mike Hardaker

          Or, rather, HTML editor. ;-)

  • Silvio Gulizia

    Very sad. Marty you spoke for me. Let’s add thx, thx a lot to glyn

  • Fabs Grassi

    just read it there too! such a shame. i am glad you will keep iphoneography live in lifeinlofi Marty!

  • NewInZurich.com

    Glyn was an inspiration – very sad – but never say never!

  • AstronomerAdam

    Sad. I must say though, I saw it coming.

  • TS Elliott

    Thoughtful tribute, Marty. Glyn was a true pioneer. I’m grateful for his support, wisdom and hard work over the years. Best wishes.

  • Giuseppe Navone

    I am very sorry, for me it was the first window that opened the world of the good reviews and photographs, the first pictures I have posted on his page, I will miss not being able to follow his articles, best wishes to his person and thank you very much for what you gave me.

  • Carolyn Hall Young

    Thank you Glyn, for all you have generously given. Your writing is an impressive body of work Bravo! I am wishing you all the best!
    Thanks Marty, for this tribute to a terrific man!

  • Kimberly Post (Rowe)

    I’m so sad to hear this! I will miss his input and commentary dearly.

  • Adele M.

    Glyn’s website and yours are the ones I have read daily since I got my iPhone 2 years ago. I will miss his writings and I wish him the best.

  • Johnny C

    This is a real bummer. The iPhoneography Blog was what really inspired me to not just try and take good pictures with my iPhone, but try and get great pictures that really capture the moment.

  • Paul Cahill

    Sad to see the blog go. It has been a source of fantastic content for years. However, when it’s time to make a change then you should not delay. Here is to Glyn.

  • Disappointed (Part 1)

    I have to be homest about something. Although I have definitely enjoyed the iPhoneography blog, and found it to be very useful, I definitely lost a certain amount of respect for its author when he turned something less than a molehill into into a tizzy, and he embarrssed himself and got his readers all worked up for nothing.

    I tuned into the blog one day and read that he was pulling out of an event in San Francisco because someone who was going to be a fellow judge on a panel had seriouslt disrespected him. To make matters worse, this person was someone who Glyn had featured on his website, and thus, this slap,in the face was extra bothersome. The comments section was filled with angry readers consoling him and saying what a jerk that ingrate must be!

    To top it off, Glyn said that this matter was so vexing, it even had begun to affect his health! That seemed might strange to me, so even though this person was not mentioned by name, enough clues were given that a simple Google search found for me the so-called visious blog posting by this individual. And what I found truly WAS shocking! But for none of the reasons Glyn had cited.

  • Disappointed (Part 2)

    It turns out the guy in question had merely said that he wasn’t really a fan of naming a genre after the capture device. (After all, how many street photographers call it “Leicaography”? Name a serious photographer of the last 50 years who named his genre after his camera?) The guy basically said, “Why not just call it ‘photography’?”

    It wasn’t an attack. It was a simple mention of his preference, and it applied to ALL “new” genres, including “mobile photography”, “iPadography”, “Smartography”, ad nauseum.)

    The fact that Glyn got himself, and more importantly his READERS, all worked up over nothing made me realize he’s a little too emotionally invested in his brand. I mean, my kids think 90% of what I say is stupid. And yes, it bugs me. But, hey, deal with it, man. That’s part of life. The guy should be glad that his term ended up sticking, despite the fact that as soon as Apple invents a new device, (with a new name), to replace it, “iPhoneography” may sound as dated as The Walkman.