Detroit, MINYC, Canal St. Boston, MAHollywood, CA San Francisco, CADetroit, MIBoston, MASydney, Australia By: Laura GraceNew York, NYHerald Square, NYC
Berkeley, CA by fellow World Gallery Photographer: Dusty Knapp
Detroit, MI by: Megan Lacroix
Bay Bridge San Francisco, CA by fellow World Gallery Photographer: Dusty Knapp
Chicago, IL by: Amy Lauren
Herald Square, NYC
Iphone6s World Gallery, 2016
Feels so strange sharing that I’m a part of the 2016 World Gallery.
I remember last year when my mom visited the city we rode the Gondola from Rosevelt Island into the city and I saw the biggest billboard of my life with a cityscape that said “Shot on an iPhone6.” First my eyes got really wide and then they squinted skeptically “That photo was probably shot by an apple drone” I said to myself and then thought, but how crazy would it be to get to shoot for something like that…
I’ve had the iPhone 4 for as long as I can remember. I remember getting it and being ecstatic. It wasn’t the newest iPhone at the time, but it was an iPhone. Dreams came true that day. As years passed my 4 became more and more archaic. With not even an S on the end of my model, I had never known Siri. I ended up not even using it to take pictures because it was always full and the images were never even comparable to the ones I saw everyone taking on the 5’s and 6’s.
I prayed and prayed that I could get a new phone for years!! I knew it would happen in God’s timing but I thought maybe I’d have to wait till the 10 came out before it would be my turn. With just 6gigs on my phone I realized the bible app took up over 3 of them. I wanted to free up that space so bad but knew I had to keep Jesus on my phone. It sounds funny, I know.
So long story long, this summer friends visited me in the city and said – geeze, you really need to get a new phone. They concluded my quality of life was lower than it should be because of my phone setbacks. I said, I know, I know-it’ll happen when God wants it to happen! Virgin Mobile hadn’t carried iPhones in a while and there was talk they were going to discontinue them all together but I decided to check their site anyways. LOW AND BEHOLD, the iphone6s was up and it said October 7th they would be in stock.
By October 6th I had the drill down- I’d gone through the payment process countless times to ensure I didn’t slip up and loose my chance. I knew they would sell out like hot cakes and I’d been burned by nervous-shaky hands when picking out classes at FIT so I was not going to let those precious seconds escape me this time…
I camped out till midnight clicking Command+R over and over until it was officially October 7th. NOTHING HAPPENED. I stomped around and decided maybe virgin mobile was on Pacific Time, so I waited till 3AM. Command+R… Command+R…Command+R…3AM!!! And nothing. Ugh. Thoroughly disappointed I went to sleep and woke up again at 7 to check. A new message popped up saying “iPhone6s release: sometime in October” WHAT?!?! WHAT?!?! WHAT!!!!!!!!?!???????
I called Virgin Mobile repeatedly to get to the bottom of this and got no answers. My only hope was to save the link to my home screen and check it obsessively. And so I did. And one morning as I ate my lucky charms I mechanically clicked on the little icon and my eyeballs bulged out of my head- hitting the screen as I read the magic words “ADD TO CART.”
I sprinted down the hall, nearly running into the bookshelf as I rounded the corner into my room. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I performed Operation iPhone6s for the zillionth time and before even taking a breath I clicked confirm.
A message popped up that said “I’m sorry your billing address doesn’t match your shipping address” HOW CAN THIS BE??!!! Virgin Mobile, YOU copy-pasted my address- it can’t possibly be wrong!!!
I typed it in, copy pasted it, clicked refresh and confirm countless times to no avail. WHY?!!? WHY NOW?? WHY GOD?!
I minimized Chrome and desperately opened up Safari to go through the drill again. Only to read the dreaded words “SOLD OUT” over my baby.
There are no words…
Allas, I said “NO. Jesus, you can do all things. If you love me, PLEASE, get me that iPhone6s!!”
The morality behind that is debatable… I know, but I was desperate.
I went back to my original page. Changed nothing and clicked “Confirm” One. Last. Time…
AND UP POPPED MY SHIPPING CONFIRMATION. JESUS, I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL!!!!!!!
My phone came just in time for my trip to Los Angeles and as I sat in the Dallas airport eating awful Chinese food I got an e-mail asking if, by chance, I had the iPhone6s.
I had to apologize for switching to all caps- but it was a true miracle that I actually had the phone. I’ve never once in my life been that person with the newest&coolest phone. But for some reason God had decided it was time.
I prayed that if one of my photos were to be picked and featured in the World Gallery that it would shine God’s light. I wanted people to see an image that gave them a feeling of love that was unexplainable. I knew if it was meant to happen, it was already done.
Thank you Jesus, for giving me a phone-and the phone of my dreams at that!!! And this opportunity to be featured in Apple’s 2016 World Gallery? I’m not sure how to thank you for this one.
Thank you Redux, Thank you Anne, for going through months worth of my selfies and being so encouraging.
Thank you Philip, for having a selfie party with me your first night back in the city-if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t have shot this photo!
Thank you Apple, for creating a campaign that is so personal and innovative.
Thank you squirrels and surfers who had to watch me shamelessly taking selfies on the beach and in the parks.
Thank you fellow photographers around the world who have been taking photos of the billboards and sending them to me!!
Every time I see one of these images out in the world it makes me smile, because I know these photos weren’t just taken by Apple Drones… they were taken by some pretty snazzy people across the world-some of which I’ve had the pleasure of e-meeting.
53 portraits were chosen from 41 photographers around the world. These photos are in 26 countries. WOW!!!
If you happen to see one, I would love to see it!!
Feeling so much love and sending out so much love-