Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Independent Film and Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Beth Parin, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Jeff Stevenson, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Daniel Nearing, M.F.A.


The purpose of this thesis is to examine how iPhoneography extends a personal expression of lights, lines, patterns previously captured on film and digital devices through arts-based research that includes social media feedback.

This thesis explores the elements of photographing fleeting moments of time using new technology. This work investigates how to capture moments from daily life through recording the essence of light on surfaces and objects. Images arise from spontaneous and/or semi-spontaneous artistic moments. Visual investigations explore and question light, time, and space, and are categorized into the themes of Shapes, Shadows, and Showers.

The work has roots in some of America’s most venerated photographers, who became early inspirations. They include Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Jachna (a college professor of mine), and Minor White. Their points of view inspired me during my formative years as a photography student and have instilled in me the visual voice I use in my work to this day. Like many of these photographers, I looked locally and across the country for moments in time that moved me.

Photographs were captured using an Apple iPhone 5 and 6. Light and easy constant companions, they served accessible tools always in reach and served as a digital sketchbook. The iPhone allowed the capture of the immediacy of the moment using existing light. Kept on High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, the camera amazingly caught highlight and shadow detail.

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Photography Commons