This weekend, we caught up with Landscape and Adventure photographer Chris Burkard at the opening of his “A Gallery for Ants, The World’s Smallest Curated Art Gallery” exhibit at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif., during the U.S. Open of Surfing.
Over the past several months, Burkard has been shooting photos on his iPhone using olloclip lenses. Printed at coin-size, visitors view the images through iPod touches with olloclip Macro lenses attached.
“The similarity to the Zoolander quote is kind of my favorite part about it,” laughs Burkard. “But the places I go are places that lend themselves to small, ample cameras where you can shoot from the hip. Places like Iceland, Norway, Russia, place that you don’t want to have big, obtrusive lenses. You want to be a fly on the wall. That’s really the beauty of the iPhone and [olloclip] lenses and having the ability to shoot such high quality. And it’s such a unique thing to be able to show this in a mobile gallery. It’s such a cool thing for me.”
Continues Burkard, “A lot of people tonight have been saying ‘Oh you shot this with your iPhone?’ and then they realize they’re iPhone photos. And not that there’s a take away about the quality being this or that, but there’s a realization that some of our most beautiful work is taken because the best camera is the one you have with you.”
“Some of the places I go I don’t like to bring a camera, so these photos represent moments that are extremely special to me. I go on a personal trip and the last thing I want to think about is work. I want to take a moment to experience it. So to not take my camera and just take my phone, I’m still able to get a moment, and sometimes those are the most special ones,” explains Burkard about mobile photography.
For those in the Southern California area, Burkard will be having a mobile photography Q&A at the gallery from 11am-12pm Pacific Time Sunday, August 3rd.