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Editing a year of forgotten iPhone photos

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Landscape taken at Antero Reservoir. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Landscape taken at Antero Reservoir.
I rarely take pictures with my iPhone anymore. While it has a perfectly acceptable camera in it (I'm using the iPhone 7) it is still a step below a modern DSLR or mirrorless camera. 
Picture of my son Harper, 9, with a rubix cube after school. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Picture of my son Harper, 9, with a rubix cube after school.

I'm also just not that interested in taking pictures with it. But every once in a while I am without a real camera and decidedly in the mood to take a picture. 
My Uncle Dillard, brother Schuyler, and cousin Kolby at a barbecue after my grandmother's funeral. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • My Uncle Dillard, brother Schuyler, and cousin Kolby at a barbecue after my grandmother's funeral.
I just went back through the last year of photographs I've taken with my iPhone a pulled a few of them to show here. I had forgotten nearly all of these images. Only after I look through them did I remember where I was or why I took them. 
Fly rod and line with incoming storm at Antero Reservoir. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Fly rod and line with incoming storm at Antero Reservoir.
If you're a fan of photography, you may have heard of Magnum photographer Martin Parr. His images, which often look like they were made "off the cuff," are anything but snapshots. Rather they are carefully constructed and often whimsical in nature. He creates an imaginary world based on modern life.
Fridge with religious sayings. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Fridge with religious sayings.
Editing just the handful of images I thought might work for this blog, I pretended to be Martin Parr. I tried to select images that tell a story, but not always the first one you might think of.
Sunset at the dream stream in South Park, Colorado. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Sunset at the dream stream in South Park, Colorado.
What also struck me looking at these pictures taken with my phone is just how intimate they are. These images represent an insight into my current state of mind.
Wheelchair and man playing guitar underneath I-25. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Wheelchair and man playing guitar underneath I-25.
There are images of my children, friends, family and, of course, fishing. There are also some wonderful landscapes which, looking back on it, I should have used real camera to photograph. At least I would have had something to make a decent print from.
Dr. Maynard's last visit with my son's Harper, 9, and Jacob, 7, before his retirement from Iron Horse Pediatrics. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Dr. Maynard's last visit with my son's Harper, 9, and Jacob, 7, before his retirement from Iron Horse Pediatrics.
The next time you look at your iPhone photographs, make an edit of the year. You might discover something that you completely forgot, and perhaps find an image that begs for a second look — just like Martin Parr's pictures.
My godfather spends time with his deceased wife at the Tower of Memories. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • My godfather spends time with his deceased wife at the Tower of Memories.

My daughter tries on shoes at Payless. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • My daughter tries on shoes at Payless.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
My son Jacob, 7, and Turquoise Lake near Leadville during a camp trip. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • My son Jacob, 7, and Turquoise Lake near Leadville during a camp trip.
Happy shooting! 

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