In February, I began making photographs with my Blackberry 3200 phone. Yes, it’s a dinosaur and it is a terrible camera but it has done a lot for me. I began a series, or photo diary, if you will, and have since made over 140 in this series. I call the series Pocket Lint, due to the condition of the lens. I have used this series to explore composition and color and have learned a lot along the way. The series began with no definition and it has become largely about New York City. I shoot photos of buildings and sky of the place that defines a large part of who I am. The camera is lo-res and has only one control, the zoom, with three sizes to choose from. I have always been drawn to low tech cameras; this one has taken me places I am happy to go.
Jim Lillis is a Property Master working in film and television in New York. He is currently at Blue Bloods (CBS TV); past credits include HBO’s How to Make It in America, Life on Mars, Cashmere Mafia, Law and Order:Criminal Intent, and Spin City. His film work includes Riding in Cars with Boys, In the Cut, Spiderman 1 and 3, Kinsey, Little Odessa and The Ice Storm. He studied photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A lifetime New Yorker, he has never been to the top of the Empire State Building. Click here for the complete Pocket Lint series on Flickr.