Austin, TX is known for it’s unique style and identity; a small town attitude with a big town style. This wonderful collection of photographs shows what makes Austin unique and desirable to live in.
That’s the opening slice of the App Store description for the Austin Pop Photography app for the iPad. I’ve been living in Austin for just about 10 years now. I’ve lived a fair few places around the world and I agree that Austin has a unique and appealing style to it. It’s a great town, the best I’ve ever lived in – so an app that claims to show off Austin’s true flavor is one that is instantly interesting to me.
Happily, this app does not disappoint. It is full of images that do a nice job capturing the spirit and vibe of Austin – starting with the one shown at the top of this post, which carries a very popular slogan amongst many Austinites: ‘Keep Austin Weird’.
Here’s a little background on the app and the husband and wife photographic team behind it:
JJworldstudio is a photography concept created by Jennifer and Joseph Worth. The husband wife team located to Austin in 2005 with the hope of getting their band photos in record store windows. Once they arrived they noticed a few artist venues where you could sell your goods. They started selling photos they had just taken on their Europe trip when they started noticing Austin; South Austin in particular had a unique look to it. Embracing the “pop” style that can be seen on everything from shop signs, graffiti soaked walls, abandoned buildings, or just vintage cars parking in the parking lots. Once they started displaying these Austin “pop” images the positive reaction gave Jennifer and Joseph the idea to create a uniformed look of bright colors, long exposures, and an overblown sky. With this style in hand this husband wife team still searches up and down the streets and alleys looking for the next thing that “pops.”
And some examples of the photos that give a taste of Austin:
The app’s UI is very bare bones, but that’s fine as it is the images that make the app and they’re easily accessible. You can just swipe your way through them or tap to pull up a thumbnails slider to jump to specific content.
There’s also a one page listing of all the images at the end, with a little detail on where each was taken.
It’s a basic but nicely done app, and the images are top-notch and they represent Austin well. It is quite expensive at $9.99 though. There are a lot of iPad apps out there that offer much greater quantity of content for the same or lower prices.
You can find Austin Pop Photography in the App Store now, priced at $9.99. It’s a universal app that will run on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
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