Meet The Whirlers
Doublewhirler is a husband and wife currently living in New York City. Originally from New Zealand (him) and New England (her), New York brought us together, but a shared love of photography and getting the hell out of the city keeps the magic alive.
She’s a little bit iPhone, he’s a little bit camera obsessed.
Mrs DW was in-between cameras when she got her smart phone and hasn’t looked back. However, coming from a traditional print design and photo retouching background, she was reluctant to embrace the “easy shortcut” apps like Snapseed with its fancy schmancy filters, but was ultimately seduced.
Mr DW has always had a love of cameras and equipment; his interest spans from rediscovering the old to fully embracing the new—until he came up against the camera phone. He could stretch no further and that’s where Mrs DW and her trusty iPhone come in.
An iPhone v camera rivalry was born.
We’ve been featured on Japan Camera Hunter and have been Freshly Pressed twice:
Looks good…. so far.
Hey Doublewhirrer–just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the likes and for following Wine and Cheese (Doodles). I look forward to coming back and seeing more from you!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Living in New York, do you ever run into Woody?
Sadly, he lives on the east, comrade. But, we are on the west. So many people, so few coincidences. It is good that he is enjoying a resurgence with his latest films.
Hey Double Whirler – nice to connect your background with the IG photos I have enjoyed. I am a part-time Luddite myself. As in, I have always had the latest graphic design software, Mac, etc for my job, but have resisted having the internet at home. I was the last person I know to get an iPhone (and only b/c my FLIP PHONE died and there were no batteries to be be had in Boston!). That was about 4 months ago, and I have (obviously) become insanely addicted to the wonderful world of Instagram since…. It’s a love/not totally convinced relationship though.
Thanks for visiting, it’s great to connect outside IG too! We’ve been having a big debate about IG and whether it counts as social media or not and I think this proves that it is. But we’re also having the love/not convinced debate about IG too. It is so new and so addictive as you point out, but when the shine wears off? The Met has a show on manipulating photography broken in to two parts, before and after Photoshop. In the second part, “After Photoshop Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age”, they discuss the impact of social media and photo sharing. So for good or for bad, we’re watching art and culture change.
Innnnteresting. As a graphic designer (who actually went to art school – I only say that b/c 1million hipsters with laptops and free fonts make band posters for their friends and use those same 2 words to describe themselves), I have long been using PhotoShop. It’s my favorite manipulation program (well, aside from the occassional mind game…) Our final Pshop class was so cool – everyone presented a project they’d done, and the range was amazing. (I made a traditional Greek Icon (with real wood and applied gold leaf) in which I put Madonna the pop star’s face in place of the traditional Virgin Mary’s.)
What I personally love about IG – and why I think I will stay on it for all of eternity – is that it’s so cool to see thing from other parts of the world and other perspectives. And I just use my phone and sometimes make some tweaks with Camera+ or snapseed – nothing like the stuff I could do in P-shop (if I did that, I would have no time for ANYTHING! my cat would starve!)
I met with an urban landscaper today who I found through IG (or he found me first) – he wasn’t pedaling his wares just commenting on photos and it wasn’t until I saw via The Facebook that another friend had used his services, and then I contacted him. Had a great meeting with him – who knows if it will result in me hiring him to landscape my (small) roof deck or not (will all come down to his plans and cost) – but regardless, it was a nice connection that never would have happened otherwise.
So…no definitives on the love/not totally convinced thing, but maybe since it’s V-day, I am feeling the LOVE.
And I’ve enjoyed my exchanges with you guys (I did not know until I read your home page here yesterday that you are 2 people – I assumed I was “talking” to a woman originally from Massachusetts – but now it’s all a mystery – which is kind of cool). Lastly, I love seeing photos of cats. And one of the guys I follow (“fat jew”) posts things that make me laugh at least once/week.
“talk” to you later – happy day of wine and roses!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! Thanks for such a thoughtful comment! Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m Eliza, originally from Massachusetts and I alone am the Instagram user. My major was Art History, but my work background is in graphic design/print production- dating back to when it was called “desktop publishing”. Quark/InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop etc have paid many a bill for me and picking up new media isn’t too troublesome. Hubby is the luddite who loves film (and digital) cameras and develops and prints his own negatives.
Just before moving back to the States a dog “ate” my beloved camera. While I hemmed and hawed about replacing it, I got an iPhone. Then I added on Instagram. Now I’ve made it a project to only shoot with my phone while Hubby only shoots with his many cameras (he has a Blackberry anyway).
What has me hooked on IG is exactly what you love, the ability to delve into other worlds and perspectives; I follow a graphic designer in Sydney (@willtypefordondraper) who loves retro signage and favors the old 70s look with her photos. When I follow her feed I feel like I’m in a sunny summer day in a kinder, gentler time. Then there’s an older Polish guy in Krakow ( @miroslawkrok – if it is his photo- perhaps he’s a 13 yr old girl- ah, the mystery) who has beautiful horses and takes pictures of his Polish life – again I’m transported to a snowy slavic world. Then, most unexpected of all, I find following my brother in Scotland, keeps me much more up to date than FB or Skype. Didn’t see that coming!
I never expected this aspect of IG, but it is the one I enjoy the most! Love your cat BTW.
Nice …and thanks for the personalized introduction Eliza! (I am Arden – you may have figured that out, though plenty go by other names and Fraser is actually my middle name). I also follow #willtypefordondraper and love her vintage signs. I will have to check our the 13 – 89 year old in Poland later tonight. And thanks for saying you love my cat – I LOVE to hear that – never gets old. I love her to infinity! I love your cat too – and so cool that you rescued him from the streets of Greece (it’s a hard knock life…) OK, must go – off to meet a friend to have some red drinks to celebrate the day. Maybe I will Instagram one later. 🙂
very awesome photos
Thank you so much! Your blog is inspirational!
What an intriguing and interesting About section! Thanks for passing through my lil’ corner of paradise. Looking forward to whirling around here 😉
Thanks for scouring through my blog! Look forward to seeing your wonderful pictures of sights dazzling and delightful.
thank for visiting my blog, you have an interesting page here. Love the photos especially the NZ beach houses
Thanks, and thanks for stopping by!
Just quickly getting in touch with you to let you know that I am now ‘Following’ your Blog. 🙂
Hi Kevin, Thanks for stopping by and following, we hope you enjoy our blog!
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Uh oh, your blog is addicting! I enjoy your writing and look forward to spending some time here. Thanks for stopping by mine!
Thanks so much for the kind comment- we find your blog inspiring and look forward to following your progress with the school in Utila!
Hello Doublewhirler, Thank you for discovering my blog and the likes on some of my recent posts. I have mixed feelings about social media, but I have to admit that the reach of a blog (and other equivalent uses of electronic media) is astounding. I haven’t discovered Instagram yet – in fact, we are managing to travel without a smartphone. But we have nicknamed the iPad “my precious” (cue Golem’s voice). 🙂 Garrulous Gwendoline, The Reluctant Retiree
Ah the next step of social media, blogging on the go. We have yet to dip our toe into this pool. Our devices are a beloved laptop loaded up with Photoshop and CS suite (too much, too heavy) and an iPhone (too small for the photo heavy posts). The iPad seems just right! Give Instagram a whirl, you might just find it addictive— although we tend to use it in waves. You’re brave for being able to separate from your smart phone, that’s definitely our “Precious”!
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Actually I had to give the smartphone back when I lost a job last year. Now we just use a basic cell phone. It goes “ring, ring”, and I pick it and say “hello”. Who’d have though that Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone would become a reality 🙂 Blogging on the go is a challenge. Apart from other struggles, I have trouble getting the photos to insert where I want them. I’ll be happy to get back to the laptop I think………… BTW, I noticed you had been featured in Feshly Pressed. Congratulations – you have a very professional blog. GG
Thank you, we are still fumbling about and trying to tweak the look of it. We appreciate the compliment! We’ll be experimenting with blogging on the go for the next two weeks—a true test of commitment to blogworld!
Good luck with that, and if I can be of any help don’t hesitate to drop me a note. GG
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Love your blog and can’t imagine why you would trade the Med island for Manhattan. I’m sure you have a good reason….:)
Ah, there’s fodder for another post. The two islands have nothing in common (except widespread use of English) so which ever one you’re on, you miss the other one. In the middle of the buzz and diversity of NYC, you miss being out in nature, climbing mountains and the clear blue water lapping up against a Roman ruin. If only we could take the best of both islands…
Thanks for dropping by “Honey.” I look forward to brousing through your photos.
Thank you- we really enjoy your keen wit!
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Thanks for stopping by and liking my posts 🙂 I love your pictures. ❤
Thank you, we enjoy your inspirational blog.
Aww ,thanks 😀
Hi i came across ur blog today and it was such a refreshing feeling …. I loved the pics and the small writeups….
Thank you! We often struggle with how much or little to write and end up on the side of “less is more”. Thanks for visiting and commenting—it’s very helpful!
Hi, thanks a lot for all the recent likes and following :). Your blog is so inspiring, I absolutely love the photos you are taking. I’m waiting impatiently for new posts:).
Thank you so much—glad we’ve found each other!
You’ve got a wonderful blog here Doublewhirler, great photos and stories! 🙂
Many thanks, Elina! We enjoy your photography too!
Thank you! 🙂
Thank you, Elina, for your like on Tide Line Still Life. Many, if not most, of the photos are taken just an hour or so south of you on central NJ beaches. While not the blue Med, they are lovely! Again, thanks for your visit. Best, Maggie
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hello i just nominate you to the premio dardos award :
Really love your take on the everyday with those dark filters or whatever it is you do to make mysterious photos. Thanks for making us do doubletakes!
I came accross your blog randomly — it’s a rainy Sunday morning here in Brisbane (Australia), and I’m spending the time looking at blogs. So happy I chose yours to discover. I understand the iPhone v camera thing — I use my iPhone most days, because I usually don’t have my camera with me. That happens on more planned outings. I never thought a phone could take such amazing clear photos. But there you have it — it does. I’m looking forward to seeing your NYC life (just a tad jealous, having visited there a few times — lived in the States for a decade a while back). 🙂
Oh hello and welcome, Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by – always good to know another antipodean especially one who gets our legacy v new technology and our New Zealand v New England cultural “challenges”. What you describe with your iPhone is exactly how we fell into it too. What part of the States did you call home?
Hello! yes, I understand the challenges you spoke of. I was married to an American and there were some fun times deciphering the differences. I lived in Ann Arbor for a while, but mainly in WV where my wife was doing her PhD at WVU. I’ve just been looking through your instagram account. Beautiful photos, and I shared one on my FB. It’s great to come across interesting people, and I look forward to more of your posts and photos. Cheers!
Hello Whirlers! Dropping by for a visit via Zombie Flamingos. What delightful blog you have and I look forward to following it. 😊
Hi Linda! WE’re so glad to see you here – we hope we can keep you entertained. We try to post Fridays and on Wednesdays for a “wordless Wednesday”. Thanks for the follow!