Five Reasons to Hate The Word “iPhoneography”

I photograph using an iPhone.  Yet,I never liked the word iPhoneography. Let’s get straight to five reasons why.

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Call my cell phone pics iPhoneography and I’ll slug your ass!

1.It contains the name of a brand: When people think of cola drinks, they immediately think of Coke. Yet, Coke is the name of a brand. Other companies make cola drinks also.

iPhone is the brand name for a particular cell phone. All cell phones are not iPhones, which leads to another reason I hate the word iPhoneography.

2. Some cell phone photos are not taken with an iPhone: Because of the iPhones popularity, many assume everyone is using the product. Not so. Chris, our webmaster supreme, uses a Motorola Droid.

3. The word and movement behind it are elitist: iPhoneography bascically means any photo taken with an iPhone. There are websites and movements dedicated to iPhoneography, as if iPhone pics are the only cell phone pics created. The sites specifically mention photos taken by an iPhone. Yet, what about cell phone photographers who don’t use an iPhone? Remember me mentioning Chris using a Droid? While spending hard-earned money on Motorola, should he label his pics iPhoneography too? Plus because he uses a Droid, Chris may not be able to join the iPhone crowd.

4. The name may become dated: What happens if iPhone soon falls out of favor? As most move on to the new best cell phone, would folks still call cell phone photography “iphoneography”?

5. The name advertises iPhones: The very name advertises a product. I guess that’s what the cynic in me hates the most, contributing to something that puts more money into corporate pockets. Don’t get me wrong. I love money. Yet, iPhoneography is an artistic movement advertising for a non-artistic company. The iPhone wasn’t intended for pro and/or artistic photographers. Adding a camera to a phone was used to extract more money from consumers. The artistic movement happened to be incidental; it wasn’t part of Apple’s bigger plan to sell the iPhone.

I rather use the words “cell phone photography” or “cell phone pics”. I don’t care if the words don’t sound fancy.  They include every person using a cell phone. Plus they aren’t advertising a brand.

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