So believe it or not, I’ve only had a few things adorning my walls for the past few years. Well it’s about time I gave myself something to look at. Out came the artwork. I go off-and-on drawing and painting; my pulling the old stuff out has inspired me to start creating new stuff.
I found the old artwork in my parent’s basement—stuff from gradeschool, even. We tend to look at things in our society as hierarchical, as things being on levels. At least I sometimes catch myself doing that. So by that logic, my grade-school art shouldn’t be as good as my high school art...and my college art, well that should be the best. And some of it is, depending on what you consider the best to mean or be. But some of the stuff I did in gradeschool was actually the best as far as it being evident when I look at it that I had no or at least had little inhibition when I created it--it’s fairly innocent, and I think, therefore, realistic. I have a bird eating a lizard; something that could be seen on the Discovery channel. I have Native Americans tending to their day to day activities—a scene I think resembles a display seen in the Native American exhibit at the museum. As far as from a technical stand point, it seems I greatly improved upon things like gesture and detail in my high school art. My college daze, well they all look like I was drunk. JK! JK!--My college art is superior for shading and gesture…it’s also very dark. I mean it’s dark because I used charcoal for it and never did much painting—I only took a drawing and design class so most of it was produced in black and white. But it's dark in other ways--let’s just say that if I only displayed the artwork I produced in college in my apartment I would be turning my apartment into a Gothic Cathedral. And no one wants that. Well maybe Dracula or The Count.
So who helped me take this artwork from throughout my life, thus far, hang it on the walls and document the whole activity? The HTC One, that’s who. Or what, depending on how aware you believe your phone to be and what your relationship is with it. It's a who to me; it's a friend, however temporary. He's just a visitor...alright, we're not going to go off on an allegorical tangent about how my phone is a friend. Back to the article--It was there for me throughout the whole process, helping me shoot and share the images with people on facebook. I documented the experience. One thing I like about the camera is what I like about the HTC One phone itself—it’s got some weight to it and it feels like a real phone, if that makes sense. The camera has a camera feel to it—when you click the camera icon to take a photo you’ll hear a shutter sound effect. It sounds like a real camera, here. The camera also offers easy to use and quick to learn editing options. For example, I needed to rotate an image before sharing on social media and I simply figured out how to by clicking edit. ‘Rotate’ was then offered as an option and I simply used my finger to turn the picture around. Once again, it’s a real-feel, hands on camera, on a real-feel phone.
Another aspect of the camera I like, if I want to call it an aspect, is the Windows operating system. Of course using Windows on a phone will present a learning curve for those accustomed to Android(myself) and others(Mac IOS). For example, while on the web, when I click a link, my current window visibly closed and I'm taken on a journey down a row of all active windows, to the end, where a new window opens and presents itself to me, to present the material from the link I had originally clicked. It's as if I was taken on a roller coaster ride without knowing I was going on a roller coaster ride. I hadn't stood in line or anything--it's like I pulled the handle of a door open and, all of a sudden, found myself strapped in to a seat, steadily climbing up to a peak, and then as I was taken down the row of active windows, I was pulled down by gravity as the cart flew down the huge dip down the side of the Mountain. I pass all the open windows/I'm taken on the ride, then, my cart slows to a stop as I reach the final destination--the page of the link I initially clicked. I unstrap my seat belt, take a breather, settle in, and if I have enough energy left over, I read the new page that opened. Ha ha, perhaps that's an exaggerated example. Was the ride as speedy as the Moto X’s window opening process? I guess not, but hey, is riding Shock Wave at Great America from start to finish faster than the Giant Drop? No, it’s not—it takes longer. But that doesn't mean you don't like the ride. Do you see what I'm saying here, people? I recommend the HTC One and am enjoying using both the handset and the Windows Operating system, as evident from my experience documenting my art gallery and taking a ride on a roller coaster.