This picture began its life as a photograph of one of Joe Edwards’s many memorabilia display cases at his restaurant, Blueberry Hill. In this case the subject was Howdy Doody, on whose show young Mister Edwards was apparently a guest. His Howdy Doody memorabilia would normally make for a great photo, but display case reflections made my product less than desirable. Have no fear though, because I have an app for that. Waterlogue is a new watercolor app for the iPhone and iPad. Usually, I eschew these iPhone photo apps that tint, tweak and blur normal photographs to make them seem more interesting. I find the meme of imitating obsolete photographic technology tiresome. Plus, PhotoShop has most, of this functionality already available.
So, why did I plunk down $3 for this app? Certainly, the manufacturer’s mission statement does not inspire, “The idea behind Waterlogue is that we wanted non-artists to be able to see the world as an artist. To give people access to a creative tool that doesn’t require any training.” I guess, I just liked the faux art examples that it touted. It is easier to use and with its interactive rendering scheme more fun than PhotoShop. Plus, with my limited PhotoShop expertise, I doubt that I could duplicate its product. It is a meme in the making. I just hope that I’m able to cash in my three bucks worth before it becomes stale.