A British photographer captured these stunningly detailed portraits – using only a MOBILE PHONE.
Allie Astell, 42, from Bath, moved to Egypt in 2011, where she found she enjoyed taking photographs of her Bedouin neighbours.
The resulting pictures appear as if they were taken on a professional camera rig costing thousands of pounds, but in fact the technology used to produce them is found in most people’s pockets.
Ms Astell said she first started using her phone camera because the Bedouin were wary of large lenses.
By using her iPhone she was able to be less intrusive and found it easier to get intimate portraits.
She said: “I don’t like carrying around a huge camera. I find it intimidates people and you can take a more natural photo with an phone than with a dSLR camera. It just fits in my handbag and it’s easy to take photos quickly.
“The Bedouin are my favourite subjects for photos. You can’t take pictures of the women because it’s against their culture – but I find Bedouin men and children fascinating.”
Ms. Astell started taking photos on her phone in 2010, but only started taking photography seriously in 2012.
She said: “I started taking photos with my iPhone 3G while on a holiday to Syria in 2010. I didn’t start getting into the hobby seriously until I moved to Dahab with an iPhone 4. I downloaded the Hipstamatic app and I really got into it.
“Now I’ve got an iPhone 5S. The camera is much better and I’ve 64Gb of memory to play with.”
The iPhone 6 – the latest version of Apple’s wildly successful phone – has sold more than 20 million units since it was launched and comes with an eight megapixel camera.
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