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Have You Ever Taken An Artistic Picture With Your Cell Phone?

Last week I learned about Patrice Elmi, a visual artist who gave up her 35 mm camera last year and has been using her cell phone camera to capture "colorful abstracts of urban settings. According to the Associated Press, even LG Electronics, who is the maker of the phone Elmi uses, didn't believe her photos originated from its LG-8100 phone when she asked the company to sponsor a recent gallery exhibit of her camera-phone art.

According to her website, Elmi uses only "pure, glowing color from either early morning or late afternoon sunlight to create her images that marry art and photography into a unique and vibrant form." Her work is being displayed at an exhibit, "Views From a Cell" in Los Angeles. As someone who has given up on taking quality photos with my cell phone (seriously, they are never good enough to e-mail to friends, let alone share with strangers!) I can't imagine ever capturing a gallery-worthy cell phone picture, but maybe I am just inexperienced.

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c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
oh no. her exhibition is over... :(
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
ooh i want to see her photos
cellme cellme 10 years
That show above is of the Metro Bus windows!!! Look around, there are Visual Urban Abstracts everywhere. Keep an eye out for shadows, colors, textures, shapes and forms. Add some symbols, words, NO people, no pets, no flowers just look for abstracts paintings along the streets and sidewalks and also alleyways!! Snap away. Send me your photos and if i like i will send you a postcard of one of my new photos signed and numbered. thanks patrice elmi aka CellMe
cellme cellme 10 years
How do i add one of my new photos??? help Ok so i am a moron when it comes to the internet.
cellme cellme 10 years
Hey its me Patrice Elmi - Cell Phone Photographer and going strong. With my New 2.0 Stainless Stell phone LG gave me for a present for my show they sponsored I have taken over 4,000 cellphone images that would knock your socks off and NONE are photoshop enhanced or digitally manipulated in any way. People argue with me for 20 minutes at gallery shows where i always have my handy dandy CAMERA with me loaded with images. I show them, they dont believe, they ask how i do it, i say I have a Magic Camera. The Magic is actually in MY eyes! I am working on a new show called "Cell Confusion" and it is going to be bigger and better than the last one. Tomorrow i get interviewed by a freelance writer for a new NYC magazine called Portfolio, keep an eye out for the article. NExt is a gallery in NYC or Beverly Hills or Los Angeles again. THIS is not a HOBBY, its now become a job. Who would have thought leaving my trusty Canon 35mm NON digital camera that i lugged for years with me at home and seeing a show i wanted and having no camera and realizing that i had a camera in my cell phone would have started this whole damn thing!!! History in the making. Art World Here I come. I am a techie challenged person and am going to try and add a NEW photo to this blog. or you can email me at and i will send you a new photo from my collection! See you in the NEWS soon. Celll phones rock as cameras.!!!
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I live in the dark ages and don't have a camera phone, I just use my digital camera. Plus all my friends have camera phones and the photos come out horrible.
alieapple alieapple 10 years
i have. i take every photo on my phone. my picture on here was taken from my phone camera, but that's not exactly "artistic". ha.
raptinrainbows raptinrainbows 10 years
yes. i've taken a few indoor photos that folks say look like paintings.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
A few.
fridaporvida fridaporvida 10 years
it's an awesome concept, and to actually market it as fine art and put the pics in a gallery...serious. genius. kudos for patrice. most of my artsy phone pics are of supermarket shots. i love the super market :)
smarler smarler 10 years
I've tried to take artistic shots, but my camera isn't that great on my phone. And neither are my skills.
Nightwind Nightwind 10 years
My phone doesnt have a camera, and I dont want a phone with a camera. I walk around with an 8MP digital camera in my purse, and it takes better quality images than any cell phone. I couldnt want to waste a potentially good photo with a lame cell phone camera.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Yes! I like to pretend I am a photographer.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I have, but only to use as wallpaper.
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