“Photography -The Language of our Generation” by Nicki FitzGerald


Presenting my talk at MojoCon, Dublin 2015

“Photography – The Language of our Generation”

Below is the unedited presentation (including text & slide images) that I gave at the Mojo conference in Dublin, Ireland entitled “Photography –The Language of our Generation.”


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(Above) First iPhone photo I was really pleased with.

…and after that nothing was safe from my camera lens. I took photos obsessively went on and on and on and on and on and on, playing with apps and experimenting. I felt a new creative freedom I hadn’t felt in a long time.


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 My Camera Roll, first quarter 2015.

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It’ll be no surprise to you that Photography is everywhere – it’s the language of our generation. We see it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Snapchat: as a way of sharing our experience. Photography is the currency of our experience.

Look at my new baby, my new puppy, my new tattoo, my baked beans on toast, myself, my selfie, myself, look at me, me, me and on and on and on.

A visual cacophony of our experiences shouting at us from the social network sites if we choose to spend time there – which it seems most of us do.


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Amongst the infinite sea of images are the mobile photographers, artists and creative people with regular day jobs and the mobile device has given them a creative outlet that they might not have exorcised without it. These instagrammers, Tweeters and Flickrers, have been taking mobile photography to the next level in wanting to give more meaning to the digital image creating the most amazing images and stunning art:



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People are asking whether social networks and mobile photography are killing photography –

I don’t think so – infact….

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There has been a renewed interest in traditional photographic and print processess

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So the future is looking good for mobile photography, art and film making. With the rapid technological advances on mobile devices and a hungry, creative community of mobile photographers and artists eager to push the devices and the software to the limits, I believe the best is yet to come.

Concerns about our future – a lost generation?

If I had any concerns about the future of photography, it would be the concern of accessibility to our photographs in years to come. It is possible now to admire the pioneers of photography and their photographs taken 200 years ago because they their prints are on paper, but what of our photos on hard drives, on portable pen drives, on CDs or in the Cloud?

Ironically, It is possible that , we, the most photographed generation will have no pictures in 10 years. We need to properly store and archive our pictures for accessibility in the future so we don’t end up being the LOST generation so this means printing our pictures out and/or making sure that when we are no more here that there is method of giving people access to our online storage.

I hope I’ve  left you in no doubt that photography is the new language of our generation

With the the rise of our insatiable appetite for the visual experience and the desire to express ourselves through the medium of photgraphy  from the instagrammer taking photos of her breakfast to those of us where communication plays a important role in our jobs, we need to grasp this language in order to engage with our audiences effectively using the tools available, the devices and the apps to create better images giving them the meaning we intended.

So, given that we only have 10 mins on the floor, here’s my super-super, quick guide on how to create a better photo; better tell your story followed by a short video of how I created the cover photo for my book “Flamin’ Amy”.

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 Consider your subject

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What is your subject? Consider these horses below. You’d be right in thinking they were “the subject” of this photo but, could this photo be about anything else?…..

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…you could also argue that the subject in this photo above could be companionship. There are always at least 2 meanings in a photograph.

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Use natural light wherever you can to create the photo you want. Shoot into the sun to get great dramatic silhouettes. Bring your subject to a window and use the available light to great, natural portraits. Work the light you have around you in any situation.

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Use colour to better tell your story…

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And finally…here are the steps to how I created the image below using 3 apps. The final editing process is shown in a video at the bottom of this page.

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Watch the video below to see how I created the Flamin’ Amy image for our book “The Art of iPhone Photography.”


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Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Co-author of The Art of iPhoneographyCentral. Founder of iPhoneographyCentral.com


    • Nicki Fitz-GeraldNicki Fitz-Gerald said:

      Thanks for the comment Diana. It was a tricky one. I was asked to talk about photography now and in the future so I tried to share my observations and speculations on this especially in the mobile photography context and also sharing with the audience why I think we all need to focus on getting better at storytelling with our images and demonstrating (very quickly) how we say different things depending on the composition, colour, etc. I hope I got that message across successfully.