Christina Marie Hicks is a photographer who is very adept with a Camera Phone. Christina was asked to provide images in the following three disciplines: Documentary, Landscape and Still Life.
"My relationship with camera phone photography as a medium began a little over two years ago while I was living and working in New York City. As a daily commuter across the East River to Manhattan on the way to freelance assignments, I'd often tuck away my more conspicuous photography gear in a nondescript backpack, keeping it tucked safely away and out of sight. In my back pocket, my fairly low-res smartphone became my most reached for camera, enabling me to capture quick vignettes on my commute and on breaks. My camera phone enabled me to compose shots or simply take snapshots, make edits, and digitally "publish" my work within the same hour using one piece of gear.
The instantaneity of this type of creative process has been energizing to me as an artist, affording me mobility and ease of use. I admire how the wealth of apps available online democratizes digital photography, removing the financial obstacle that photographic equipment often can be, allowing anyone with a smartphone the same set of "gear." Without worrying about the complexity of my camera, I feel more free to notice the environment around me, and ultimately shoot more. This simple medium has opened up to me a world of photography that's become my go-to medium for the majority of my personal work."