Art About Town: Camera Phone Challenge

You don't need expensive equipment. You don't need to spend money to see art. Click through and take the challenge to discover art in your hometown with the Camera Phone Challenge.

Last week, I decided I wanted to take my own Creative challenge, so I headed over to El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA at 9 am. The lighting was perfect. I probably could have gotten there a little earlier, but definitely no later. Very few shops were open, so there was plenty of parking. El Paseo is a lengthy road. It probably would have been good for me to walk the length of it, but I cheated and drove my car down the street, parking occasionally and jumping out to snap photos of the art pieces that stuck me.

Camera Phone Challenge: Legends by John Richen in Palm Desert, CA. Click through to see more.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this quote by Oscar Wilde:

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

When I first read that quote, I thought of nature, not necessarily man-made art, but driving down El Paseo and taking time to reflect on the work these artists have created was inspiring and motivational.

Camera Phone Challenge: Crazy Horse 2 Thunder Horse by Mario Pikus in Palm Desert, CA. Click through to see more


Slow down. Take time to appreciate the art in your hometown. (<<< click to tweet this)


I have to admit. I pretty impressed with the quality of my phone's camera (Galaxy 5). Most of us probably have our phones with us at all times (especially when we're out and about). It took no time at all to park, walk across the street, and snap a couple of photos, so I know you guys can do this too!


  • Leave for work early
  • Go for a walk
  • Drive to a part of town you don't get too often
  • Take a different route to the grocery store
  • Don't go home right after dropping the kids from school

All you really need to do is carve out an extra five to ten minutes in your day, take your phone with you, and snap a photo of anything that inspires YOU!

Camera Phone Challenge: On Point by Craig French at Palm Desert, CA. Click through to see more.

Now it's your turn to tell me: Where in town can you find inspiring art?

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