Happy Easter from Cardiff Arcades

Just a quick post with a few of the Easter displays in the arcades… most of the arcade shops will be closed today, so enjoy looking at these displays instead!

In the window of Jonathan David, Morgan Arcade

Display at Fred and Grace's, Royal Arcade

Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade

Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade

Pen and Paper, Royal Arcade

Saswa, Royal Arcade

Health with Herbs, Royal Arcade

Health with Herbs, Royal Arcade

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Hipstamatic coolness from Royal and Morgan Arcades

The phrase goes that the best camera is the one you’ve got with you. The iPhone 3GS is not known for its photographic prowess, but there’s no denying it’s pretty much always with me.

Like millions of other people I’m addicted to the Hipstamatic app. While I know some people are fed of it, I think for this project the photos work well because the subject matter matches the treatment, as in it’s old-looking, just like the arcades.

I quite often find myself wandering around the Royal and Morgan arcades on my way back from the train station in the evening looking for ideas and enjoying the solitude of it – since I’ve stopped taking my DSLR in with me every day (it was killing my back and I wasn’t always using it) – most of the time I only have my iPhone with me.

I feel like it frees me up and allows me to look for unusual shapes, quirky window displays and other things that I might not spot while I’m obsessing over the DSLR’s settings. Not only do I love the snaps that come out of it, I can use these as a visual notebook so I can return at a later date with my “proper” camera.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the ones I took the other night, they’re taken with various settings on the app, so if you’re a Hipsta-lover and want to know which particular settings, please do let me know and I will furnish you with the appropriate information.

What do you think about using a phone for this kind of photography? Good or bad? Let me know in the comments below – as always I’m very keen for feedback!