While technology has expedited the immediacy of day-to-day communications — at the same time removing face-to-face personal interactions — it has given users the ability to transform the digitally accurate into nostalgic representations of yesteryear.
Meet Joey Garcia. Working the oil fields of the Texas plains, he captures the simplicity of the region's cultural and rural lifestyle. Using his iPhone and digital filters from Instagram, Hipstamatic, Camera+, Snapseed and Qbro, his images hold a bold narrative story and coddle a romantic sentimentality for the way things used to be.
Dig the images? Get out and play. On Saturday, MOBILEYEZ: iPhoneography Art Show Artcrawl 2011 is all about iPhone art and features Garcia along with Imelda Bettinger, Rebecca Cornwell, Joelle Eid, Alex Luster, Jessica Reiswig and Shannon Reiswig. The exhibition is part of Artcrawl Houston 2011, during which 180 artists and art organizations working downtown open their studio doors to the public.
About this iPhotograph:
"There's an old commercial fueling station in Rosenberg that I've always wanted to shoot. My father used to do business with the owners as part of his oilfield job, and I remember visiting it when I was young. After visiting Marfa, Texas, I looked off to the side of the main road and found this about three blocks down. Right away I thought of that old station and had to capture it."
— Joey Garcia