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Pocket Lint Photography – Jim Lillis

Posted on: November 21, 2011

Brick Lint (11/7/11)

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.


9 Responses to "Pocket Lint Photography – Jim Lillis"

Nice pics , Mr. Lillis. You have a clear eye even though your camera doesn’t.

Thank you Sheila, kind words.

Genius, where did you find this guy?

Thank you Mr. Ives.

Lovely pictures, but if you really want a challenge you should use my Palm Pilot camera. No zoom options and takes picture about two seconds late. Requires actual knowledge of the future to operate.

Love it, and I love that there are at least two of us still using a Blackberry…. Great eye

Jim – Lorraine and I are very impressed by the show. Please put us on the invite list when it hits a posh SoHo gallery though, knowing you, you’ll pick someplace more off-center like Astoria for your opening.


Jim, this is terrific! Very well done. It is nice to see all your shots on one place. Keep it up!

Greenpoint looks beautifully industrial and run down.

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