I had not intended to use my smartphone to produce publishable pictures of Melbourne’s street art.
Normally I use a Nikon D300 but I was walking huge distances around the city in the heat and trying to take notes at the same time, so I rather lazily left the big camera at home.
I quickly realized I was never going to match up my scribbled notes of every piece of street art (‘koala; monster with tentacles; stenciled skull’, for example) with actual descriptions when I came to write the story, so I started cataloguing each laneway on my Apple iPhone 5c, photographing the name of the street and then the art.
As it turned out, the iPhone was the perfect camera for the job; it captured the vivid color of the spray-painted walls perfectly and image quality was not lost in the darker laneways. I find it much better for close-ups than distance shots.
I will not be packing away the Nikon but the spontaneity of street art and the immediacy of whipping out a smartphone to capture it seemed the perfect match.