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Barrow Street, New York | 14.47 pm
Earlier this week I was interviewed by Shin Huang, a Taiwanese designer and blogger for SSSHIN. Like all interviews we covered a wide range of topics, but a bulk of our conversation centered around how I got started with photography. Four or five years ago, I purchased an HTC HD2 smartphone—it was the type of device that had a lot of potential, only the company made the curious decision of saddling it with an OS that was obsolete before the phone came out. And I knew this, but was so impressed with the specs that I bought it anyway. (Quick tangent: over the next year and a half I would own 4 different HD2s; all of the previous ones kept bricking. Never again, HTC!) Anyway, I always joke that it was the worst phone, best camera on a phone I ever owned. And it’s true; there was just something about that lens, and it’s ability to render colour naturally, that made me want to take photos with it all of the time. And since this was before Instagram and Hipstamatic came out, if you were going to display mobile photos, you actually had to be good at taking them. Those were the days.