Sephi Bergerson: Develop a New Way of Seeing
Sephi Bergerson tells Raj Lalwani why a cell phone may just change the way you look at the world, which is precisely what great photography is about.
You might not realise it yet, but in the pocket of your shirt lurks the most inspiring imaging system in the history of photography. The iPhone is a powerful tool that has changed the way I see. With smartphones, it is the first time that we have a camera, a darkroom and and an online research directory in one small device. A camera phone lets you shoot and process in the field. We can instantly examine what works (and what doesn’t) to make our captures match our vision, and share them with our subject on the spot. There are not enough words to describe my awe at this marvel. It is called iPhoneography, and I am in love!
When travelling with family, a phone not only gives lovely images, but also ensures you have a great time.
The Problem With Being Too Safe
Digital photography was a huge step but it made things too safe. There is no uncertainty. I go out and produce work that is pleasing and accepted by my clients. My DSLR is so great that I can hardly miss, due to which I have grown a bit tired of it. It’s almost boring. The iPhone reshuffled the cards for me. I’m not sure anymore and keep being surprised by my own images.
Great photos are those that surprise, rather than reaffirm our beliefs
About Sephi Bergerson
Sephi Bergerson is a multi-genre photographer who has been based in India since 2002. His work revolves mainly around the experience of travel and culture, while balancing his commercial shooting with personal work and photojournalism. This, according to him, helps him create and develop a distinctive photographic language.
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