On a recent trip to Japan's art island of Naoshima, renowned photographer Jun de Leon used the Sony Ericsson C905 Cyber-shot phone to capture the spirit of a fishing island. These images are showcased in "The Road to Naoshima," the first outdoor camera phone photography exhibit, ongoing at Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio, Global City.
With the C905's class-leading 8.1 megapixel camera, images can go big, bright and bold. De Leon's exhibit has nearly half of all photos enlarged to astounding clarity at 47 x 35 inches. Dismissing photo paper, De Leon chose to print on Kodak Enduratrans Film, a more demanding medium for enlarged backlit images.
The Sony Ericsson C905 is the first slider in the illustrious line of Cyber-shot phones. The retractable lens cover reveals the 8.1 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, auto focus and face detection. It also features 16x digital zoom, smart contrast, red-eye reduction and geo-tagging.
Smart contrast adjusts light and color balance to make pictures as close to as one would see them with the naked eye. For people as the camera's subject, face detection ensures that the camera focuses on the face and not the background. Geo-tagging is achieved through GPS and A-GPS (assisted global positioning system) connectivity, labeling images where when and where they were taken.
De Leon optimized the use of his C905 through a long journey on planes, buses, bullet trains and boats. Naoshima is located off the southern coast of Japan, and presents an ardent journey for travelers wishing to experience nature, art and architecture as a seamless whole. Credit for Naoshima becoming a peaceful art retreat goes to renowned architect Tadao Ando, creator of the Benesse House Museum complex on the island, and one of De Leon's architectural heroes.
Ando is the multi-prize winning architect behind structures as diverse as Teatro Armani, Giorgio Armani's Milan headquarters; and the Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Osaka. His work is characterized by the use of natural light and architecture that blends with the natural landscape. These attributes are apparent in his creation of Benesse House and the Chichu Art Museum, the lead structures that have sparked art appreciation to new depths in Naoshima.
You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you, Ando has said.
De Leon has taken that to heart and shares his memories of the island in photographs. Visitors will enjoy a showcase of 30 big, bold, and astoundingly clear camera phone pictures taken with the C905 in this first-of-its-kind outdoor exhibit.
"The Road to Naoshima" exhibit runs until today, January 15, 2009.