Breakfast Time: Christopher Anderson’s Best Phone Shot | Photography
VSHristopher Anderson often cooks breakfast for his family (eggs, pancakes), but what caught his eye here is the light and color, the repetition of shapes. Blue plate, yellow circle. Of course, the pose his three-year-old daughter Pia took as he got into position with his phone – well, that was all her. “You have to know her to understand,” he said. “She has that comical flair, that sense of timing.” And that gesture – his toddler finger pushing the egg yolk – gives the image its satisfying tactile quality. “The flexibility of the egg and the flexibility of the sound,” as Anderson puts it.
Family life was the subject of Anderson’s book Son, for which he focused his lens on Pia’s brother, Atlas. He never wanted to consciously make one of his daughters: it was her too. Yes Pia, the book, was born on his insistence, the photos it contains are also a collaboration of a new kind. “It’s not just a collection of cute photos of my child,” he says. “It’s an exploration of the photographer-subject relationship.
And it’s really about himself that, in Anderson’s mind, is true in any photograph. He says he often thinks of being John Malkovich. Looking at a photo is like crawling through the portal between the seventh and eighth floors and seeing the world through Malkovich’s eyes. “In this sense, the subject is the photographer’s gaze rather than what he is looking at. “
Anderson uses his phone all the time. “It’s really no different from using my camera. It’s my camera. I can’t change lenses or control other aspects of photography like I do with a “real” camera, but it allows me to react to things very immediately. I can be very quick with it.