iWeekend (Daily Prompt: B+)

“Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.” – Daily Prompt, February 23, 2013.

In reviewing my iPhone’s latest offering, the phenomenal production of iWeekend: Two Days in Two Movements, I’ve been awed by the quality of experimentation shown by the experienced but once-limited ‘appareil photo.’  Instead of the standard grainy manipulations, complete with extreme filter use and low-light attempts, my iPhone’s recent album has branched out into new formats, crisper images, and an artistic documentary focus that shows superb imitation of early East Asian photography.

In the first movement, iPhone pays homage to the masters of 19th Century Japanese photography by revisiting the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Koshashin exhibition (attending the exhibition’s opening tour).  The Arlene Hall Collection, curated by Catherine Crowston and organized & circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta, features over 200 original prints – many of them hand coloured – by early Japanese photographers and western adventurers like Felice Beato, Raimund von Stillfried, Uchida Kuichi and Kusakabe Kimbei, taken during country’s the transitional period from 1860 to 1899.

Some glass plate negatives from 1870’s Japan, on display in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Koshashin exhibition, shown at the AGGV.

Koshashin is open to the public from February 15, 2013 – June 9, 2013.

One of the Samuria-styled portraits in the Koshasin Exhibition.

One of the Samuria-styled portraits in the Koshasin Exhibition.

The second movement of my iPhone’s iWeekend: Two Days in Two Movements ventured into more experimental territory.  Moving from the subdued, historical gallery setting, the album bursts into sunny, 50’s/60’s inspired pop, dazzling with bright crescendos and upbeat beach tempos.

Experimentation is still prominent, as evidenced by the photo below.  Full of new filters and digital apps, iPhone is retooled and working with a new producer on this album to bring the most refined and subtle recordings yet.  Physically enhanced by the olloclip 3-in-1 iPhone lens, iWeekend fills the required experimentation quotient for any iPhone album.

The opening track of movement two, “Kites in the Sun,” shows off iPhone’s latest experimental bend: refined digital filters with additional lens enhancements.

iWeekend shows off some new discoveries as well, including this track, “Great Ocean.”  Not to be confused with the Panamanian or Vietnamese ships with the same name, this new 81,200 ton ship was docked at the Port of Victoria over the weekend, an imposing sight in the otherwise empty port.  Within two months this area will again be frequented by towering cruise ships.  There was also a roof from a house, a steep-sided one, left on the edge of the parking lot.  More details needed there…

The Hong Kong ship Great Ocean docked at Ogden Point Pier 2. Why it was here I do not know…

To end iWeekend, my iPhone took a panorama of my beautiful city.

From King George Terrace, the closing of the Second Movement is the "Victoria Panorama."

From King George Terrace, the closing of the Second Movement is the “Victoria Panorama.”

iWeekend is a great accomplishment.  I look forward to the next offering by this talented, innovative artist (and the Daily Post people!).

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