So my first iPhone was the iPhone 4. I got it the day it came out. It was definitely the most advanced cell phone that I've ever owned. I was a little biased considering I had already worked for Apple for almost a year at that time, so obviously when the iPhone 4 came out, I had to get it. I finally parted from my parents family plan to switch to AT&T (which at that time, was the only iPhone carrier) and was amazed at everything I had available for me at my fingertips.

I usually found all the cool apps from word-of-mouth from my co-workers. They knew all the up and coming apps that I HAD to download onto my phone! From Angry Birds to Words with Friends to Plants vs Zombies, I basically downloaded them all. I played them all until I was blue in the fingers! I had been out of school almost 2 years when Instagram came out. I had gone from being in the darkroom almost 4 days a week to almost taking zero pictures. It had depressed me to think that the passion I had for photography had come to a complete halt. When I downloaded Instagram it had awakened something new with me and my photography! I had the ability to share my photographs with friends and family using a device that I had to have on me at all times - my cell phone.

I immediately became obsessed. Every picture that I deemed somewhat decent, I put into Instagram with a filter that made it even better than I could have ever imagined! Being a film photographer, my photographs in school were all about the whitest whites and the blackest blacks. Now with Instagram, I had the ability to blow out the colors in some places and darken them in others with their filters. Having a lot of choices made it even harder. I would often find myself fighting with my artistic eye about which filter to use. It was terrible. Should I use "Toaster" which puts a great warm yellow hue right in the middle of the image making it cozy? Or should I use "Early Bird" which gives the photo a great antique look? Should I use "Hefe" which darkened the corners and sharpened the subject making it dramatic? It really was a struggle. It opened a world to me that was different to my darkroom printing that I could never have thought about while in school. After time, I became used to the filters and now I can take a picture and almost immediately know which filter I want to use. 

Instagram opened so many possibilities for me to be creative at a moments notice. And because it got me out of my non-picture-taking "hole", I am forever grateful. 

Here are a few of my favorite images I've posted on Instagram.
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