Most of us who grew up during the most revolutionary early years of multimedia phone innovation would likely pause a moment from telling those damn kids to get off our lawns to remember a time when built-in cameras were quaint but unimpressive devices. These spellbinding worlds sewn together from simple iPhone images using fairly basic software show just how far a concept can evolve in about 20 years or so.
Amidst a time before Instagram, Facebook and Twitter were ubiquitous woes of a generation mourning the death rattles of attention spans everywhere, they represented a selling point of convenience more than quality. No one would mistake a guy wielding a first-generation Motorola Razr for the second coming of Ansel Adams, but for any need up to and including quick accident-scene snapshots for insurance purposes or even candid photos of one’s cash and prizes, they more than did the trick in a pinch.
That Charlie Davoli composes his imaginative images using a very accessible toolbox of iPhone apps only makes his surreal landscapes the more impressive.The likes of PsTouch, iDesign, Superimpose and others are his fine brushes for weaving a pine forest beneath water’s crystaline surface, transposing the interstellar beauty of space beyond our orbit onto the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, and the Supertramp-inspired rise of a skyscraper from a coffee cup.
It’s a wonderland of geometry M.C. Escher’s mind-bending geometry just a touch of Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.