Pixels at Apple: Chicago. L to R: Jaime Ferreyros, Dan Berman, Marty Yawnick. Photo by Amy Hughes.

Pixels at Apple: Chicago. L to R: Jaime Ferreyros, Dan Berman, Marty Yawnick. Photo by Amy Hughes.

Thursday night, October 20, Pixels – The Art of The iPhone event rolled into the Chicago Apple Store on Michigan Avenue. iPhoneographers Dan Berman, Jaime Ferreyros, as well as myself all flew in to present at this event.

It was a fun evening. Based on feedback from Facebook and Twitter, most of those who attended seemed to enjoy themselves. Read on for my recap of the evening.

Photo by Amy Hughes

Photo by Amy Hughes

Dan Berman from Toronto, Canada (reservoir_dan on Twitter) and Jaime Ferreyros  from Miami are two iPhoneographers whose work I’ve admired for some time. We’ve been friends on Facebook, Flickr, and the Twitterverse for a while, but to meet them both was like more like meeting up with two friends who I haven’t seen in a while rather than meeting two peers who have only previously exchanged conversations online.

Prints from several iPhonegraphers were on display at the front of the theatre. More were passed around the audience for people to view up close.

Photo by Jen

Photo by Jen

The evening started about 20 minutes late — that’s still good for rock show time. In front of an audience of about 50 people, after a brief welcome and introduction from Dan, I took the stage to present my take on Knox Bronson’s Pixels keynote materials. Before delving into the art, I took some time to touch upon the history of cell phone photography and iPhone photography. I talked about how the thousands of iPhone photo apps available are what make iPhoneography unique in mobile phone photography.

I discussed several of the classic iPhone photo apps, including CameraBag, BestCamera, and Hipstamatic before moving on to the iPhoneographers themselves.

On the big screen, we displayed and discussed works from Ramona Gillentine, Dixon Hamby, Aik Beng Chia, Maia Panos and several other iPhoneographers.

I then turned to mic over to Dan Berman, who was very entertaining as he talked about his photos, his methods, his toolbox, and his thoughts on iPhoneography. Dan is very passionate and enthusiastic about his photography. He’s a great speaker and really, a lot of audience members would have paid a cover and a two-item minimum to watch Dan just do stand-up for a while. His popular story about “The Stalking Tree” is destined to become lore in the iPhoneography community.

Next up, Jaime Ferreyros took the stage to talk about his iPhoneography for a bit and share his photo recipes. Jaime often uses several apps on each image to create just the right mood with his images. His photos often have an ethereal feel to them. One of the highlights of the evening was watching Jaime app a raw image from start to finish on his iPhone. Using a special camera to display his iPhone, Jaime started with Mill Colour to tweak color and contrast of his photo. He imported the image into Camera+ to apply a LOMO effect. He then moved the image to PictureShow to apply texture and edge effects. —- The whole process took about 5 minutes. Watching Jaime work was amazing. He clearly demonstrated how fast and easy it is to so some serious apping on an iPhone, especially when you’re familiar with your apps.


After showing the short documentary on iPhoneographer Maia Panos, all three of us took questions from the audience. Questions ranged from what apps were just shown to a few apps each of us liked to use. There was an interesting discussion on what iPhoneography is — a hot topic these days.

After the presentation, we talked and met with those who attended.

L to R, Jaime Ferreyros and Dan Berman. Photo by Jen

L to R, Jaime Ferreyros and Dan Berman. Photo by Jen

In addition to meeting Dan and Jaime, it was great to meet for the first time other iPhoneographers I knew from online. I always think it’s great to put a voice and a face to someone’s online nick. It was great to see my friend Jennifer Hyman again. It was good to finally meet T.S. Elliott — I’d forgotten he was in the Chicago area. I’m glad Amy Hughes was able to make it, and a visit from Kay Frederick was a welcome surprise. It was nice to meet Jo Ganza and Junior.

Kathleen Page from The Apple Store deserves a special mention. In addition to being very nice and making the three of us feel welcome in her store, her and the staff were very helpful in accommodating us. A big thank you.

The next Pixels At Apple Event is in New York City on Friday, October 29 and will feature iPhoneographers Maia Panos and Jon Betts, as well as Pixels curator Knox Bronson all presenting. See the Pixels – The Art of the iPhone website for more information.




To see more of Amy Hughes’ iPhoneography, visit her Flickr page.