Mobile Photography / Art New Year Resolutions 2016 From Around The World

New Year Resolutions have a long history, the Babylonians pledged to return borrowed objects and repay their debts at the start of each year, while the Romans kicked off January by making a vow to the god Janus (from whom the month takes its name).

As we have been repeating and updating this featured article now for several years, many artists have looked back and lamented at their broken promises but also as you read, you will see that many rejoice at the acomplishments that they have achieved.

In assessing my goals for the New Year, I don’t list tasks, I analyze the optimal approaches in reaching those goals, breaking them down into steps. I think we need to challenge ourselves – to stretch, purposefully, beyond our comfort zones. I make a plan, which includes a roadmap to consciously pursuing new ideas, and discovering possibilities. Each step forward, into unknown territory, emboldens us.

In 2015, I have watched us all grow, creatively, exponentially, in part because we build on a collective intelligence. Having a context, and a community, helps us know ourselves, better.

I’m excited to think of what you each will bring to this New Year. We have shared great energy, camaraderie, encouragement, information, and imagery. We have connected, mourned each other’s losses, and celebrated our victories, large and small, together.

Many thanks to our international community, to all those who have submitted artwork to TheAppWhisperer project, commented on articles, and spread the word about mobile artistry. Thank you to the extraordinary group of features editors who volunteer their efforts and expertise to make TheAppWhisperer a rich and diverse resource. As always, I am grateful for your friendship and support. You move me.

I would like to thank all the artists who have participated our New Years Resolution project this year. Everyone enjoys reading and learning more about you all and it’s a wonderful opportunity to share and rejoice in all your achievements and of course, to bathe in your glorious art.

Thank you, Allyson Marie, Andrea Brigiarini, Sylvia DeVoss, Marian Rubin, Marguerite Khoury, Alejandro Cendan Rodriguez, Illse Harris, Gianluca Ricoveri, Giulia Baita, Jaime Glasser, Albion Harrison-Naish, Maria Thiago, Ile Mont, Wanphen Sangkamee, Brendan O Se, Teri Lou Dantzler, Gizem Karayavuz, Maria Flourou, Bonobo Stone, Dani Salvadori, Jay Desind, Louise Whiting, Lee Atwell, Ale De Gangi, Jill Lian, Patricia Januszkiewicz, Carolyn Hall Young, Kerryn Benbow, Petyr Campos, Robi Gallardo, Kate Zari Roberts, Lisa Waddell, Deborah McMillion, Cindy Buske, Eliza Badoiu, Susan Tuttle, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Michel Pretterklieber, Cheryl A Townsend, Elaina Wilcox, Michelle Robinson, Fiona Christian, Andrew Proudlove, Matthew Kayden, Candice Railton, Paul Brown, Brett Chenoweth, Meri Walker, Janine Graf, Ocean Morisset, Amy Leibrand, Karen Divine, Leinaala Mitchell Art, Jane Schultz,  Andrew B White, Juta Jazz, Robin Sacknoff, Vanessa Vox, Yulia Naganova, Alix Carmichele, Jim Perdue, Yoni Mayeri, Tommy Vee, Angie Lambert, Martin Durr, Riel Noir, Cecily Caceu, Ed Kriner, Cathrine Halsor, Dilshad Corleone, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Rad Drew, Rob Pearson-Wright, Gina Costa, Marianne Rieter, Gillia Brodie, Karen Axelrad, Christine O Sobczak, Mariette Schrijver, Claude Panneton, Lanie Heller, Bobbi McMurry, Tania Konnerth, Constance Rosethnal, Tina Rice,  Lrh Arquitecto​, Paula Broom​ Carlos Austin​ Armineh Hovanesian​ Hovanesian, Yoni Mayeri​, Ginger Lucero​, Mandolina Moon​, Jennifer A Thomas​, Jackson Mah​, Shirley Drevich​, Erika C. Brothers​, Lorenka Campos​, Isabella Matthews​, Bonny Breddels​, Maurizio Zanetti​, Keisuke Takahashi​, Mehmet Omur, Elsa Brenner​ and Jo Jo​.

Allyson Marie

I have never really stated out loud my New Years resolutions … I make mental notes and try to follow thru as the year goes on, Goals, rather than resolutions, are necessary for growth to occur … I am grateful for what I have learned this past year … And I hope to continue that learning into the new year..

My goal for the new year is to embrace the world of minimalism … de-clutter my life and my photo galleries ( post one, take one away ) … organize my images ( I’ve finally started to do this), make the projects I work on more meaningful, Learn new techniques and applying them to both my mobile photography and my dslr, get more exposure for my art ( I have ideas on the back burner and it’s time to light them up).

And focus on (with the hope of ultimately) opening a small gallery for local  artists …

And am very grateful for Joanne  here at theappwhisperer … So happy to be a part of this wonderful community … I have learned so much and have met many wonderful artist that I truly admire.

Much love and Happy New Year.

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“The Rabbit Hole” – Allyson Marie, 2015

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Sylvia DeVoss

iDigArt ! In 2016 I plan to continue using (almost exclusively) my iphone 6plus, while adding an iPad Pro in my arsenal verrry soon! 

My storytelling  along with my art will be published in some format that I have not decided on at the moment… so that will be launched at some point this year.

My goal for this past year was to shoot and paint what I want, not what I think others might like, and I feel I accomplished that to a great degree but will continue working on staying true to my myself. 

I continue to work towards respect and peace for us all, and want my art to spread positivity, as I am convinced we are ONE and need to celebrate our sameness instead of pointing out and labeling our differences. 

I love our mobile art community, Joanne Carter ROCKS !! and the inspiration I receive from each of you all .. I hope you receive from me!

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“With” – Sylvia DeVoss, 2015

Marian Rubin

Many thanks for inviting me to participate in your New Year resolutions for mobile photography in 2016. 

I have to start by saying that I was extremely fortunate many years ago, to be in a class with a world renown photographer, Lisette Model, when she asked a student: “How long do you think you are going to live that you can afford to fool around?”

As I get older, I think of this and I feel a need for growth and completion and a sense of immediacy. 

2015 was a wonderful year for me, in so many ways and I am extremely grateful! My photography flourished with many juried gallery acceptances, accolades, honors and recognition. I am honoured to be represented by David Leibowitz’s gallery: Mobile Digital Art & More: A Gallery For the 21st Century, here in Boonton, New Jersey.

My goals for 2016: 

1.To improve my skills as an iphoneographer. I need to learn more about collaging and using apps in a more creative and experimental way. I want to explore painting and drawing on my iPad in harmony with my photographic images. I need to take the time to study more and get through the initial learning curve for certain apps, like Art Set, SketchBook, Superimpose, and Blender. My mastery of using layers is sadly lacking.

2. I would like my work to be more complex, more “out there” (grin), less figurative.

3. I have been working on several books and would like to complete them before the winter is over.

4. I want to get a real start on a book about Danny, my homeless friend. It’s a story that needs to be told. (I need to be confident about my writing ability.)

5. I need to improve my storage and back up of my photos!!!  A critical issue!!

6. I need to de-clutter my home, my desk and my workspace!!!

Time is not my friend. There are not enough hours in the day  and there is so much I want to accomplish!

Again, Joanne, thank you for all that you do in this community of mobile digital art. Wishing you and your family healthy and happy holidays. 

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“City of Gold” – Marian Rubin, 2015

Marguerite Khoury

2015 was a very challenging year personally. But as a mobile artists I feel my creative techniques evolved. My New Years resolution for 2016 is to focus less on photographing myself and lend my eye more to the beauty around me. I hope to change my creative formula and allow more light into my work. For some reason this has always been a challenge for me. One I wish to correct from learning through other artists and exploring new apps. Wishing you all a blessed new year. 

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“Soar but stay Grounded” – Marguerite Khoury, 2015

Andrew B. White

Looking back on my last year’s resolutions from this column, I think I managed to make good on most them and it proved to be a productive year in terms of mobile photography and video production.
I made a concerted effort to get out on to the street and shoot what I saw around Brooklyn and New York City. While raking up many miles on foot I managed to capture images that were different to my previous ‘static’ work of landscape and architecture. Inspired by many of the great street photographers in the mobile community I attempted to photograph people in their environments and on the streets. In the past I had been a little shy in my approach to street photography but eventually found a way to get good shots. Not all of my attempts were successful but the ones that were turned out great. I’ll be continuing to work at getting better at this in 2016.
In 2015 was once again lucky enough to have a couple of my images make the finals of the annual MPAs (Mobile Photography Awards). I personally find the MPAs to be one of the strongest examples of what is happening in mobile photography and I’m always honored to make it to the finals.
In terms of published work, I had more images used on album covers and a couple of my images were included in the fashion issue of iPhotography magazine.
Using my new iPhone 6 Plus I was able to push my mobile video interest further, creating a mini-documentary and music video with footage shot with it. The results were very good with the iPhone 6 Plus offering much more control and better quality than my previous iOS devices. I’ve always been one for trying out accessories such as lenses so I purchased the Moondog Labs anamorphic lens in August. The lens has made a big difference to how I shoot video and I have also been using it for still photography, opening up many new stylistic opportunities.
I investigated selling works on-line and started to see some sales being made in late 2015. In 2016 I will continue to pursue this and figure out the works which have the most sales potential. This sounds a bit clinical but buyer seem to be looking for specific works which I will try to cater for within what I shoot. Although it was on my 2015 resolution list, I haven’t have the time or funds to actively promote and sell physical prints. However, I have set some foundations in place to make this finally happen in 2016.
Of course the technology keeps moving along and while the advent of more mega pixels and 4k capable shooting in the iPhone 6S were interesting I think the big hardware changes in terms of mobile photography and video will come with the iPhone 7. Incidentally, devices like the forthcoming Light camera seem to be based on the ideas that smartphones have made popular, combined with higher-end optical hardware. It will be interesting to see if these devices gain popularity or if the advent of better mobile technology renders them quickly obsolete.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s great work in 2016!
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Jaime Glasser

Happy New Year 2016!

My dear friends around the world Happy New Year! What already? Time zips by us and we better hold on tight! In this New Year, along with you I resolve for the future and reflect on what has passed.

I resolve to be independently truer. To have my actions, and thoughts be more immediately aligned with that I hold to be the deepest truths I know: to try, without ego, to do the greatest good at each moment. To try my hardest to always choose the right path as illuminated by my deepest truth center despite my own interests or what anyone else may think or say. My lag time in this area has been getting shorter but I have much room to improve. To risk is to grow.

My second resolution is to forgive. To truly forgive myself when I stray from the first resolve and allow my own and others mistakes as only proof of our imperfect humanity. To notice at each moment our mistakes, is in itself, a gift of acknowledgement of how we fulfill our role here in this lifetime to grow and learn as much as possible. With the necessary ingredient of growth being risk, “mistakes” and “failures” are necessary outcomes though they may not end up being those at all but seeds ironically for bigger growth later on.

I resolve to love and express this love unafraid. To tell my love, express my appreciation and gratitude and let the art flow as an expression of my love and desire only to share it. To love without judgement and share the gifts we have takes courage, self care and being here now.

Looking back on this year I see much struggle and loss in my own life and those around me. I hope we all can keep touching each other and sharing together to help alleviate our own pain and loss to bring us together. In these ways we , though far apart, come together in solace and healing and in bittersweetness together affirm our commitment to live each moment the best we can because it is all we have.

Thank you Joanne for bringing us together as a community, for each and every one of you for sharing and creating with me, to the Artistic Anarchy: Mobile Collusion An the App Whisperer Group for being patient with me and inspiring me with your connections and amazing collaboratory art and relationship.

In 2016 I hope to resolutely be true, to forgive, to love, to express and create.

I reflect on this miracle to connect with all of you to share this love and solace in community.

Peace and love and joy to each of you.

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Mehmet Omur

2015 was my first year in this special art school TheAppWisperer. I learned so much with the help of this wonderful community, directed by Joanne Carter.

2016 will be a year to produce more digital art pieces to share and try to find my way in this huge world of art, digital and mobile .
The mobile art is helping me to express my thoughts and feelings easily and to express myself freely.
My resolutions for this new year will be; experimenting more with the apps I love, discover new apps and to create and print my unique art book with my best pieces all on my own.
Hope this new year will bring health and happiness to all my TheAppWhisperer artist friends.
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Alejandro Cendan Rodriguez

A new year has come, filled with new purposes. It’s time to think about the year that just ended; about all the things we want to change or improve for this year that has just begun. For me, I want to dedicate more time to those things that I love the most;  take them seriously, that’s one of my New Year´´s resolutions. In 2015 I discovered my passion for street photography and I have a long way to go and to learn this 2016, so I will keep exploring  this new world, and get better and better every single day.

I dont have anything else to say , but to wish you all a happy 2016, full of new experiences, and that this 365 days to come are much better than the last ones.

Thanks Joanne, for taking this art of mobile photography beyond imagination and for helping us to find our inspiration.

Happy new year to all.

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Untitled – Alejandro Cendan Rodriguez, 2015

Illse Harris

Dreaming of the new year. Intending to keep learning, keep playing, stay joyful. I intend to get some of my work “out there” be it in a show, sale, contest, whatever the next step might be. So grateful for the work Joanne does to share and help app artists become community to further each other’s efforts. The tools, inspiration, and support I’ve gained has been immeasurable. So very grateful I live in peace with good health, friends and family. Happy New Year to all.

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Untitled – Illse Harris, 2015

Albion Harrison-Naish

2015 was a year of mixed realities for me and my family. Although I successfully achieved one of my goals from last year’s New Year’s resolutions, to hold a physical exhibition and to start to take my photography out of the digital realm and into the local arts communities, many other projects and plans were put on the back burner as family commitments took over.

So, much of 2016 will be devoted to similar things I discussed in the last edition of this series, especially in regards to making a living from photography. However, from a more creative perspective, I have a few ideas for series that I am considering and mulling over. Many are portrait based and all are in some way more intimate than most of the work I’ve done to date.

I find myself increasingly wanting to capture some sort of intimacy in my photography, be it moments of intimacy or just in mood, and hopefully I will find ways to pursue that over coming months.

The challenge as always is to decide on which direction/project and then to pursue it for as long as necessary or until you realise for certain that there is no more future in it. With photography it is so easy to be distracted. There are many styles to attempt, many different subjects to be interested by and often it is quite possible to work on many projects at once. Amongst all that if one doesn’t show the discipline and focus necessary, it can be hard to end up with a significant body of work.

So, underneath all my hopes, plans and potential directions over the coming year, my resolution photographically speaking, is to be more ambitious and focused in all aspects of my work and thinking.

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Untitled – Albion Harrison-Naish, 2015

Maria Thiago

2015 began with a meeting and an advice that forever changed my way of photographing. 

I have never specialised in photographing people, but as I showed my creations for Sandra Mulliez Hegedus in Paris, she advised me to persist in the image of the human figure, since I have a very personal way of seeing the other and portraying them.

With the typical look of the scorpion sign, that sees what is not shown or see what is hidden, I spent this past year, trying to capture the bitterness and the deep soul of the human being. 

After this drastic change of theme and way of looking at what I intend to photograph, and to participate in various exhibitions to illustrate this new way of seeing people, 2016 will be the year to devote myself to a solo exhibition, to release a book, or maybe both. 

My other resolution for 2016 will be to be continue the discovery on mobile photography but make it accessible for all those who are interested, perhaps teaching and spreading the knowledge acquired in the last four years, to those who ask for tips on how to shoot and edit images with iPhone and iPad Apps. 

Last but not least, as a webdesigner, I’d also like to create a website for my personal work as a Jewellery Designer and as a Photographer. 

Always so appreciative to the mobile photography world, it’s the sharing that inspires me. This meaning that daily post pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr remains resolution for the next years. 

I thank each and every one that pushed me forward and double thanks to Joanne for inspiring me to put this in writing. 

Wishing a happy and creative New Year and Happy Clicking in 2016 to all of us 😉 !!!

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“If I Could” – Maria Thiago, 2015

Ile Mont

Perhaps the difference between a wish and a resolution relies just in the amount of will to do it. Nevertheless, I personally feel more inspired and motivated with the idea of the magic that it takes to make a dream come true. Should I be ashamed to say that I rather have dreams than resolutions? I do not know. However, I have indeed a few ones I would love to work towards to next 2016:

For the days ahead I wish I could be bolder at shooting in the street in order to take more soulful and meaningful street photography. And also bolder at creating mobile art, in order for it to be memorable.

I wish I could take some amazing photography and image manipulation class. And be able to stay up to date and learning something every single day.

I wish the following year my work could go somewhere and maybe “hang around” in walls of unimagined and interesting places.

And most of all, I wish that at some time by the end of the next year I could find myself, surrounded by many loved ones, doing a toast and celebrating having published a fabulous book about my own work. 

Finally, I wish you all an amazing 2016. May all be blessed with great things and delightful little surprises too. Keep shooting and make all your heart’s desires happen.

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“Do More” Ile Mont, 2015

‪Wanphen Sangkamee Jae Gummy‪ ‬

I had begun to do art in iPhone and iPad on 2011. I try to do digital art like the real art that you can feel like a real oil painting, real watercolor, real drawing, real collage, and real dark room.

Past 4 years, I think mobile art is the real art, same feeling in oil color, or watercolor, or any else. The important that I want is the final images that were I thought.

I found that clever mobile can do more than my hands, very intellectual, creative, also artistic increment. When I do mobile art, my hands are clean and I only need iPhone or iPad. For me, this is my heaven, very simple.

In 2016, I still to do more mobile art, that is my life, keep shooting, painting, drawing, collage, combine them to be the one.  

In 2016, I will love to travel with my iPhone and iPad, keep arting.

At the end, I wish a very Happy New Year to all the members of TheAppWhisperer Community.

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Untiled – ‪Wanphen Sangkamee Jae Gummy‪, 2015

Brendan O Se

2015 was an absolutely incredible year for me. Being part of the global Apple Shot on iPhone 6 was something I will never forget. I was also fortunate enough to win a few photography competitions and get to shoot in the most fantastic of locations like Tokyo, Porto, Amsterdam, Milan, Vilnius and Cork. 

Looking to 2016, I want to build on what I have achieved in 2015. I have begun to give iPhone photography workshops with galleries in Cork and Dublin and plans are afoot to bring this further afield. As for resolutions, I want learn more about photography and challenge myself to better understand the mechanics and technical side of things. My little girl, Sumi-Anna, who is 8, has begun to show an interest in photography and I would love to be able to look back at 2016 and see how she and I developed our passion for photography. I want to contribute more to the ongoing photography series and projects I have been working on in recent times. 

Most of all, I want to continue to have fun with photography. It is a hobby after all and hobbies must be fun.

Thanks, Joanne! Here’s to 2016 being a great year for all in the mobile photography community. 

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“Trying to See the Good in People” – Brendan O Se, 2015

Teri Lou Dantzler

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Gizem Karayavuz

My mobile photography arts created by layers as like as memory pieces come together in out mind. They are my inner thoughts, dreams,hopes or fears. Everything I cannot say,I say through my art.It can be called Hidden identity comes through from my art.With my work I use the power of digital art and I make one step closer to actual reality.”

Maybe one day we will find a place where our dreams come true.

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Self-portrait – Gizem Karayavuz, 2015

Maria Flourou

2015 was a down year for me as far as my art and love of mobile photography goes. Other things took center stage in my personal life that distracted me from completing this years resolutions.

However I couldn’t be more ready to sink my teeth in to 2016 and pick up where I left off.

I would like to learn new photographic and editing skills as their is always new things going on all the time and would like to try other styles and genres also.

I’m not making my list as long as last year as I felt somewhat disappointed with my lack of time focused on my art and would like to concentrate on quality versus quantity.

Hope all your dreams are fulfilled in 2016 and I’m looking forward to connecting with you all again in the new year.

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Image – Maria Flourou, 2015

Bonobo Stone

End of the year resolutions have never been a huge part of my personal mythology. But as 2016 comes more and more into focus, and we say goodbye to the year of the sheep and hello to the year of the monkey, my goals remain the same: to be a kinder and gentler person, to nurture love and compassion, to live simply and happily.

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Dani Salvadori

In 2015 I discovered video making – which I love – and I’ve used in all sorts of unexpected ways, including in my work. I hope to do much more video in 2016. I tried a 365 project in 2015 but found the structure too rigid, so my aim for 2016 is to post less but to post better! I’ve also just bought a big camera to get into landscape photography in more depth because using a phone is just too limiting for landscape work – but first of all I have to learn how to use it.

The image is one I took on the roof of a shopping mall near St Paul’s in the City of London and it seems to me to be full of hope and expectation for the new year.

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“Above” – Dani Salvadori, 2015

Jay Desind

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“Only Love, Respect, Hope” – Jay Desind, 2016

Louise Whiting

I don’t have any set goals this year in regards to my creativity, I am just going forward, learning, experimenting and sharing. I try not to categorise myself into any specific genre and will continue to create portraits or do some street photography as and when. The social iphoneography community on Facebook has grown enormously over the last year and this is where I feel most connected and inspired by my artistic friends, I’d like to wish them all a happy and creative New Year!

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Untitled – Louise Whiting, 2015

Lee Atwell

Thank you so much for this opportunity, Joanne. I enjoyed so much last year’s resolution feature and getting to know others in the community better.

Last year was a difficult year for me and I had very limited time to pursue photography. I also missed going on photography adventures to places outside of Seattle. However, I am grateful I was able to work on last year’s resolution at the beginning of this year – the ‘Soul Journey’ self portrait series wearing my mom’s vintage coat.

I am also very grateful for this community to be a part of, always, as I am inspired immensely by everyone’s creativity and during difficult times am uplifted so often by such amazing images and connections that are nourished here.

My New Year’s hope and intention is to have the time to return again to the ‘Soul Journey’ series (it doesn’t feel complete as yet) and also spend more time on adventures both into the wild as well as into the streets of Seattle. Mobile photography feeds my soul and I look forward to the New Year with optimism.

Wishing everyone a wonder-filled, healthy and creative New Year. xo

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“4th Avenue” – Lee Atwell, 2015

Ale De Gangi

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Jill Lian

In the New Year as an artist in 2016, my resolution is to “Maximize Macro.” I’ve found in my work as a mobile photographer that we can often fall into the trap of recognising the beauty in just large-scale images, yet I’ve come to believe that my largest joys come from recognising the beauty that lies in the minute details of my photographs. 

Using an olloclip with my iPhone as my method of macro photography, I have fallen in love with the treasure hunt that comes with the daily search for new mediums to photograph, dissect, and admire. Over the past year, I have focused my macro attention to plant life, snowflakes, and the refractions produced by water droplets. Yet moving into 2016, my goal is to focus on expanding the subjects of my photography; what fabrics, foods, or parts of nature will produce unexpected beauty at the macro level? What are ways in which I can use the power of water droplets and sun light to enhance certain parts of my images? 

In the time that I’ve spent as a mobile photographer, I’ve found that it is immensely relaxing for me to lose myself in the beauty of detail. With the complexities of current events in the world today, I find it necessary to pay as much attention to the minute perfections in our world as we do to the large-scale events that we often become too heavily enveloped in. Living by the wise words of Alfred Stieglitz, “wherever there is light, one can photograph,” and I intend to continue finding the light, in all its detailed beauty, in 2016!

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“Daydreaming” – Jill Lian, 2015

Patricia Januszkiewicz

My personal resolution each year has been to simplify my life.   I recently realised I also need to simplify my artwork.  I pay attention to the artwork that dazzles my eye and it is always perfect in its simplicity; nothing to add and nothing to eliminate  ~~ I tend to overwork and add more and more.  Vincent Van Gogh said “how difficult it is to be simple”.   Yes, for me, very difficult, but that is what I will strive for, starting now!

Looking forward to another year to be dazzled by all your great work … I will try not to doubt my own ability but to move toward finding my simpler self.  

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“Far from the Maddening Crowd” – Patricia Januszkiewicz, 2015 

Carolyn Hall Young

Happy New Year to all my friends in mobile art, and those who appreciate it.

I send my thanks to Joanne Carter for another year of extraordinary generosity, encouragement, and inspiration. As Poetic Medium said, in an App Whisperer interview, “TheAppWhisperer is a lifeline.”

Thanks to the community of artists who share their thoughts and images, here, as well as the developers of the hardware and software who have put the tools for a visual revolution in our hands.

I resolve, in 2016, to Iove, to breathe, to step back, and leap forward. 

To cherish, encourage, respect and honor those who cross my path.

To learn all I can learn, from the past and the present.

To forget and forgive, and move on, more easily.

To be discerning and conscious in using my time and energy.

To remember all that I should retain, in hopes of gaining more perspective.

To develop more clarity and honesty in my vision, and in my heart.

To be kind and true to myself, and more loving to others.

To be as heathy as possible, in mind, body and spirit.

To weather any storms with calm grace, and accept all blessings with gratitude. 

To explore and, therefore, learn more every day.

To stretch the possibilities, refining my skills and my eyes.

I resolve to be willing to be delighted, to be playful, to focus on beauty, compassion, and all that amplifies life.

To lighten up.

I want to find more balance between “being” and doing”, and to savour what is now.

I resolve to inspire peace and goodwill in the wake of my pixel splashing, with good intent in my heart.

Re-reading my resolutions from last year, after I wrote this, the words are in a slightly different order, the message is the same: pay attention, focus, stretch, fill each day with care, courage, joy, and thanksgiving. 

On a practical note, I have not updated my carolynhallyoung.com website in seven years. It might be due for a “freshen up.” I have no sense of urgency, though. I am still trying to remember why I have a website. 

I keep hoping that the portrait series will come to a screeching halt, but the project still challenges me, seduces me, both into doing the work, and in the pleasure of sharing the love. It has taken virtually every waking hour for almost 5 years, and I don’t sleep very much. Because of the otherwise unenviable context of my health and mobility, I have more opportunity to luxuriate in my iPad, but really, there are some other things I need to attend to. I will try to be more thoughtful to the world outside of my tablet. 

I will try to get better at what I do , I will keep trying, because I think I am getting better.

I wish you peace, my friends. What if the revolution in our hands is really not about mobile photography but about bringing peace to the world though sharing images and exchanging ideas? Why not wage peace, through art! 

Sent with love.

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Kerryn Benbow

I don’t do New Years Resolutions, however I do reflect on the change of year and I do consider how I can better my life moving forward.  This year I want to give more, love more and be more in all of my relationships.  I want to be freer, lighter and more silly.  I want to see more amazing creations in our wonderful community, I want to explore the work of new artists and I’m really looking forward to watching you all grow!!  Wishing you all love and creative nurture for 2016!

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“Passion Flower” – Kerryn Benbow, 2015

Petyr Campos

Here is my new year resolution for 2016. I’ve been going through a lot of personal challenges this year dealing with relationships, relocating to Chicago and in search of a creative/photographic identity. I experienced a variety lot of emotions through these challenging times for me, some happy, some sad, some painful. For my 2016 new years resolution, I would like to find a way to articulate in an artistic and creative way through the photographic medium the emotions I’ve experienced in the last year or so.

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Robi Gallardo

Last year Joanne asked if I could contribute my two cents (pence?) worth of New Year’s resolutions. I’m honoured to have been asked again.

Revisiting the resolutions I made in 2014, I found that I managed to stick with most of them.

I think for the coming year, I want to continue my exploration of the amazing, multi-layered, iColorama app, which languished on my iPhone for the longest time until the latter half of 2015. It’s such to use, I can’t imagine why I took so long to get around to using it as one of my go to apps!

I missed out on the Mobile Photography Awards in 2015. For some reason “life as we know it” had pushed me right past the deadline dates before I realised it. Drat! I’ll need to fix that for 2016.

Last year I was concerned about the quality of time spent (or lack thereof) with the online groups and communities to which I belong. It’s an ongoing concern entering 2016. Has the Internet and connectivity made life easier or just busier for me? Things that make you go “hmmmm”….

I was also honoured to have been asked to contribute to TheAppWhisperer’s fantastic TrueView interviews. Thank you Joanne. Note to self: try not to take so long with your submission the next time around!

As we bid farewell to 2015 and open the door to 2016, I wish TheAppWhisperer and everyone in this terrific and inspiring iphoneart/mobile art community the best and most promising New Year possible!

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‘Her Shattered Facade’ – Robi Gallardo, 2015

Kate Zari Roberts

I usually don’t make resolutions but Joanne’s request got me thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in 2016.

1. I’d like to spend more time on tutorials for iColorama. I love the app and feel I’m not getting maximum use of it yet.

2. Wanting to slow down a bit is a fantasy! However, I’d like to consciously set aside time for my own work and perhaps not get too involved in the creative challenges the iphone art world presents us. I do enjoy the challenges very much because they challenge me to go into uncharted territory! But being still and quiet is something I need to practice more so that I can see what manifests for me creatively.

3. Get my photos, groups, and Flickr posts organised. Edit my 6300 photos on my phone! A lot of them need to be discarded.

4. Take a photo trip. Landscape photography is my first love and I feel an urgency (there goes the slowing down!) around photographing the natural world. I love that Ansel Adams continued to photograph nature when other photographers pressured him to photograph how the Great Depression was affecting society. Ansel felt that urgency to preserve the natural world through his work. I have felt that my entire photographic career and would like to explore that need. A trip to the rain forest in southern Oregon would soothe my soul!

And last but not least, give continual gratitude to my artist friends, and of course Joanne, for all they have taught me.

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“Rabbit Mountain” – Kate Zari Roberts, 2015

Lisa Waddell

I am happy to report that I was successful in achieving both my photographic goals for 2015. In particular, I have become proficient in using VSCO and it has become my go-to photo editing app. My goals for 2016 will take me in a different direction. I want to be more reflective and more specific in my photography practice. I want to continue to work on established projects like Faces and Flowers Deconstructed and also work on new projects; two of which are currently in the planning stages. Finally, I want to continue to grow my website/blog and use it as a visual journal; a way to document my photo journey. Photographically speaking, 2015 was very good to me. I had the opportunity to photograph two countries and I was selected to appear in two photo exhibitions. I’m very honoured to say that this image, “There’s One in Every Crowd”, was selected as a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron award; so, it’s been a very good year, indeed. My New Year wish is for us all to have continued success, peace and happiness in our lives! Happy New Year, y’all!

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“There’s One in Every Crowd” – Lisa Waddell, 2015

Deborah McMillion

My new year resolve:

Let go of older apps and use only apps that support the Pro/Pencil. Because why have new tech if you don’t push your comfort zone, too. With the right kind of boot it was surprisingly easy, to learn the new one. I understood more than I took credit for. I just had to let go of the other and the best way to do that is take it off your iPad so it’s not just right there. Sooner or later unsupported apps crash off your page.

I started using a kid’s app called Scribble. Then I got Zeusdraw mobile because it new things so I pushed on. I added Juxtaposer because ZDM didn’t have layers. By the time the first iPad was out I found ZDM wasn’t going to make the jump. So I got Sketchbook Pro for layers–! Although it’s been fits and starts each push brings me from these done in my 3G to the ones now being done on iPad pro. I don’t think my oils ever made that kind of leap.

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“Hurricane Warning” – Hotel Midnight/Deborah McMillion, 2015

Cindy Buske

In 2016 my resolution is to complete at least one solo adventure with the purpose of exploring my experience – physical, visual and emotional – through mobile photography. I find when I’m alone I am able to delve deeper and capture my personal reality and feelings of the place and its culture, rather than gathering only a few tourist images that merely scratch the surface. Traveling alone actually brings me closer. Not only in a tactile sense, but also in an poignant sense. There’s something I find moving and worthwhile within the loneliness that comes from solitary travel – especially to a new destination. Over the last year I’ve been able to visit friends and relatives in unique and beautiful places, but I’ve had very little time exploring on my own. While I love sharing the adventure with others and plan to continue, one such trip on my own will yield soul-searching beauty personally and through my lens.

Reaching out into the world of other mobile photographers, I would also like to experience at least one group photo expedition as well. Either locally through a meet-up or further away through a destination adventure with a few other mobile enthusiasts. I haven’t had a chance to reach out in this way much, and think it would be a fun, memorable and valuable experience. There’s nothing like sharing the venture and workflow with like-minded friends.

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Eliza Badoiu

Having some incurable nostalgic-romantic accents, here and there, I will choose to leave a few lines  for all of you my dear friends, instead of the immediate impact of a filmed material….

This has been a fantastically wonderful year for my journey into the infinite wonder of mobile phone photography, and this is partly because of my being accepted and so well received inside this very community, which is as dear to me as to having become my second family.

Joanne you are lovely, good hearted, caring, ambitious and so diligent when it comes to TheAppWhisperer, so patient in curating and preparing all the weekend showcases, and I can only thank you by using words, ‘cause If I were somewhere next to you, I would have chosen a hug and a kiss, plus a smile and noisy laughter over some common topics, like ‘girls’ do. Keep fulfilling our hearts in making our work become valuable! Thank you!

I truly believe and strongly consider Christmas to be that part of the year when we must be thankful for what we already have, are, and have previously accomplished, and not be so keen on asking for anything else. Being here, breathing the very beauty of the moment, near the beloved ones should be enough. I don’t have a list full of resolution for 2016, because I can’t handle deadlines and pre-established things, I kind of fail in doing that(that’s why I can’t diet, but that’s another issue for me  ). So all I have to do is simply ‘be’ and live in and for the moment and take everything as it comes. I surely have faith that always one thing leads to the other so naturally, that I don’t have to change, wish nor push anything in order for that wanted thing to happen.

My desire would be to feel photography as close to me as I did for the nearly last two years. To enjoy every step and joy this passion, I share with you, may bring along the way.  Also to feel confident and UP, therefore to continue my underground expressions translated into images. To improve and become maybe clearer, more consistent, why not, in articulating my thoughts inside the frames I create.

I wish 2016 keeps and finds me and my family in good health, all year long. Furthermore make possible some ‘meetings’/reunions in the company of new, beautiful and talented people- in terms of Iphoneography. I haven’t met any of you in person, but for some unknown, mysteriously exciting reasons, I feel yet so connected and related to so many of you.

I wish you all my best: enjoy, laugh, create and restart the ‘rusted’ systems inside, day by day, by turning them into something greater! Merry Christmas and may we all embrace a generous 2016 for our passion!

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“November Sunflowers (revealed)” – Eliza Badou, 2015

Susan Tuttle

My 2016 New Year’s resolution is simple, but not necessarily easy to do. My goal is to slow down and be fully present in each moment. That’s it. It’s huge though. If I can achieve that, I will transform my life.

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Untitled – Susan Tuttle, 2015

Ioannis Sidiropoulos

First of all i’d love to thank Joanne for her invitation to contribute to her resolution of 2016 “project”  .. its always a great honor to me ! My name is Ioannis Sidiropoulos , im  a Greek born amateur artist, a dreamer, a romantic insane who is desperately seeking tranquility in sinister worlds and circumstances.My art is my way out of this hypocrisy of people and a way to cast my demons out.my expectations for the new year are simple … creativity, inspiration, and the ability to use all those wonderful digital weapons (apps) to boost the beauty of the  photos that i take with my mobile.. when i started, the things were difficult and i received awards to competitions and got featured to many showcases and competitions as a winner or as a receiver of honorable mentions  … all that left me only one minute to celebrate  and they’re always a challenge to me to become even better and better to what i do … this is what i want to remain pure and to use all this success as a force to create better images every time .mobile photography is a mind revolution something that all people need to make their resets to reach their goals … lets take advantage of that power and become better to what we do what we think …as mobile phone technology is getting savvier by second … lets be humans first of all and make photography our revolution … to this point id love to give a challenge to every artist and Joanne that will contribute to this column .. lets make a gift a present to people that will need our help for the days that will follow  .. lets organize an exhibition by sending photos every artist for print and the sales revenue to be given to institutions with orphans that Joanne will search and decide and find sponsors to print and places to exhibit our photos for this course . lets give a smile with our creativity. i really am shy even to promote my online gallery but for this course yes ill raise my voice and i hope every artist will be a part of that movement …

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“Dystopia” – Ioannis Sidiropoulos, 2015

Cheryl A Townsend

I must admit, I’m obsessed with Barbie portraiture.  Ripping open that plastic bag hoping for one face that I don’t already have and finding her is just such a delight.  I’ve been buying houses, cars, clothing, and accessories for my collection to begin a more elaborate setting for future pictures.   I’ve probably spent more money on bags of Goodwill Barbies than I have on clothes for myself  this year.   I have a warped sense of humor, so there will be some snarky spoofing in the making.  That’s my goal for next year… to create ridiculous scenarios for this little American icon and incorporate some fun apps into the fold to see what absurdities they can assist me in.   Maybe a book’s worth.  Tell a story or recreate a classic novel, all in Barbiesque quirk.  (That is, after I research any copyright infringements.)

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Untilted – Cheryl A Townsend, 2015

Elaina Wilcox

My 2016 photography resolution is to do more composite work. A few years ago I updated my superimpose app and for whatever reason my whole stamp library was deleted after the update. Needless to say I was devastated. I had to start over from scratch with all my saved masks.

I’ve started my mask stamp collection all over and am now getting back to the diverse collection I had before I updated superimpose, so hopefully by 2016 I will feel better equipped to do more compositing again.

Happy holidays everyone !

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“Merrick in the garden” – Elaina Wilcox, 2015

Michelle Robinson

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“You. Cannot. Hurt. Me. Ever. Again” – Michelle Robinson, 2015

Fiona Christian

What a busy year 2015 was!

Unfortunately, it was work that was busy, which meant very little free time to work on image making. I’m definitely hoping to make more time in 2016 to get creative.

As ever, my quest to discover the full potential of my apps continues.

I want to travel to even more new places and meet new people both near and far.

I’m really not a morning person but do plan to get up early at least once and see a proper sunrise.

This one may be the toughest of all 🙂

Wish me luck!

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“Sentinel” – Fiona Christian, 2015

Andrew Proudlove

It’s been a while since we last spoke and I have to admit that I’ve been missing you all but I’ve still been following your adventures and the art that you have been creating is fantastic, just when you think you’ve squeezed everything you can out of this device in your pocket, someone squeezes more and raises the bar even higher.

 As for myself, my journey has taken me down many paths over the last few months, as I have been exploring different tools and ways to create and express my creativity and I think thats one thing that we all need to keep in mind going forward into 2016, it doesn’t matter what you use to create, whether its a phone, camera, computer, tablet, pen, pencil whatever, all that matters is that you create and hopefully what you create brings some small measure of joy to others. Theres too much pain and bad in the world as it is and we need to balance that out as best as we can with something good.

 My personal resolutions for 2016? I’d like to improve the quality of my work my improving my skills and knowledge, as at times I feel like its my lack of skill in some areas that is holding me back from creating something I want to create. So it means more practice, more learning and hopefully more growing. I hope that one day I will be able to support myself and my family with my art, which would make me very happy. Not sure if 2016 will be that year but I will continue to push and try and we’ll see.

 I also hope to get out and explore more, see more new places, find more new inspirations and hopefully meet some interesting people along the way 🙂

 I’d like to thank Joanne for this opportunity and for everything that she does for the community and to wish all of you, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings and all the best for the New Year, may 2016 bring you plenty of happiness and a muse full of inspiration and ideas 🙂

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Untitled – Andrew Proudlove, 2015

Candice Railton

I have been living with schizophrenia now for 3 years. I lost my family, my house, my job as a Youth Worker and even my car.

It is a disease that consumes you, changes you and at times takes your will to live. Amongst the chaos and insanity I found art – iphonegraphy This I can honestly say kept me alive in my darkest moments. Something I knew was real, something I received encouragement in  from being featured in theappwhisperer showcases, something I knew for sure I was good at and improving in.

My 2016 resolution is to create an ibook using my images to try show and inform people of what life is like living with schizophrenia.

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Untitled – Candice Railton, 2015

Paul Brown

It’s a rollover! I failed miserably in 2015 which was supposed to be my year of print. I think it was a fine and realistic goal so I really have no excuse. In 2016 I am determined to print at least one image per month. In addition, I haven’t written any new iPhone photography articles for around 9 months. In 2016 I am going to start again. Wishing everyone a wonderful festive period and a happy ad healthy 2016.

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Untitled – Paul Brown, 2015

Brett Chenoweth

2015 went well, a good year all around. As far as my mobile work, I stuck to my resolutions, adding mobile painting and drawing into my photos and honing my black and white photos. My 2016 resolution is to continue in this vein, although this year I will add photos into my mobile drawing and painting.

I gave myself an iPad pro as an early holiday gift. It is the perfect size for me to draw on, so this year it will also serve as my drawing sketch book. Maybe I’ll help save a tree.

Also, I plan to go back to doing a photo 365 this year to keep the source material and possibilities rolling in. The ultimate goal is to pull it all together into a more singular voice and longer term project. Mostly though, I want to continue having fun making stuff.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope your year is filled with peace, love and creativity!

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“High Dusk” – Brett Chenoweth, 2015

Meri Walker

The simplest thing to say about my 2015 is that it’s been a highly volatile year. Rounds of illness, healing, travel and teaching flowing into and over my daily practice of calling myself up with my smartphone to make sense of what I see around me with my outer and inner eyes. I complained a lot when illness took center stage and it also taught me a great deal. As I read this morning, patience is the reward of patience.

Maybe the biggest learning of 2015 has been how much the continued deepening of friendship with mobile artists around the globe means to me. Both those I’ve been blessed to meet in person and those I have to wait a bit longer to throw my arms around. Substantive, collegial feedback from friends on Facebook, IG, Flickr and Tumblr is a continuous source of inspiration and growth for me.

In 2016, I intend to focus more attention on storytelling and book-making, using mobile tools. I’ve become enamoured with Steller and Nowvel and other mobile storytelling tools. I’m captivated by the way that working with multiple still images pushes me to make sense of my experience differently than I do when I’m focused on just one image at a time. My brain just doesn’t work like a videographer or filmmaker. I’m a still photographer, through and through. So, this year, I plan to play more with series of still images and investigate the ways that a single image can be amplified and enhanced by other images and just a few words.

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“We Are Always Inside of Each Other” – Meri Walker, 2015

Janine Graf

In looking back over the past year and the resolution I declared, and then subsequently abandoned, I realize that I am someone who should never make New Year’s resolutions, or bets for that matter.  I made a $20 bet with my 14 year old son over whether or not I can limit margarita drinking to only on Saturdays.  The bet was for a two month period and I lost in less than 24 hours. But if I WERE to make a New Year’s resolution it would be this: I’d take more photos of family and friends. I’ve had various family members visit from across the country and I barely took any photos of them. One of my best girlfriends came to visit me for a week (this photo btw was from our weekend trip to NYC  the view from the Empire State Building); I have maybe a handful of photos of her out of the hundred or so I took from her visit. So, yeah, if I were to make a resolution it would be to take more photos of people I love.

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Image – Janine Graf, 2015

Ocean Morisset

“My new year’s resolution is to continue on a path of self-discovery, one mobile image at a time”.

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Amy Leibrand

Wow! For the first time possibly ever I achieved my resolution. Last year, I voiced my desire to experiment with converting mobile images to Polaroid film, and I did it! I really did it! I learned a lot this year about dissecting instant film and layering emulsions into collage. It is a finicky and unpredictable process requiring a lot of patience and a deep understanding of how to edit the original mobile image to exploit the unique attributes of instant film. In 2016, I hope to build on this knowledge and create a comprehensive body of work that explores the intricacies of this technique. Continuing to discover new-to-me mobile apps is a crucial part of this process, as filters and editing tools are key to providing a suitable set of core images with which to work. Maybe this will be the year I re-engage with the overhauled Hipstamatic or learn for myself why folks shout about Camera+! Hehehe! Thank you for checking in, Joanne. I wish all a Happy New Year!

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‘Shed by Skin’ – Amy Leibrand, 2015

Karen Divine

So much of what is essential in the spiritual life is to relax, to let go and to rest in the nature of the mind.  I will spend more time with the things that inspire me, music, walking, looking at art, creating art as a way of connecting with the spirit which will connect me to all things.  I’m fortunate to have a way of expressing this experience through my art, which for me always tells the truth.

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‘Divine on the Boat’ – Karen Divine, 2015

Leinaala Mitchell Art

“I resolve to choose internal peace, grace and easefulness.”

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Jane Schultz

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“Bird Woman” – before.1st.light (Jane Schultz), 2015

Juta Jazz

Hello Joanne, hello my dear friends, all mobile community. So grateful and happy being with you, sharing my thoughts, works…

…Life is the continuing way to learn, to share. So I’m still learning everything – to be loud, to stay in silence and so many other things and thoughts how to express, how to give out to the people around me, that comes out through my works or even not. It could be my resolution for next year – to keep moving that way – never stop learning. 

Heartfelt thanks Joanne for inviting me here and all my best wishes to all of you for coming new year! Have a wonderful holidays!

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“King’s New Clothes” – Juta Jazz, 2015

Robin Sacknoff

What are my thoughts and resolutions for 2016?

First I am so thankful to be present. This is a special year and a special decade for me. I intent to treasure each and everyday and resolve to continue my street iphoneography. So happy to be part of this wonderful group giving me the opportunity to learn from each and everyone one of you. I will work on my projects and continue my passion daily. Wishing you all a creative productive year. May peace abide and heal our broken world with love and goodness for all. Special thanks to Joanne carter for making it all possible

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Image – Robin Sacknoff, 2015

Vanessa Vox

Another year has passed. Time to make a balance in order to keep the right ‘connection’ (title of my selfie below). Why the right connection? I often need to re-connect to my red line because I have many different interests. Thank you Joanne for giving us a place to look back and to express new challenges.

Look back on 2015: one year more with the chance to have a photo or a film in some international mobile group exhibitions. A selfie billboard in Paris (Mk4 bilbliotèque, MCC galerie), a surreal photo composition in Chile (Carahue, Centro Cultural) or a film in the MINA (Melbourne, Australia). A macro photo became an ‘Honorable Mention’ (MPA). Then last September I’ve got a recognition as ‘NEM artist’. And I had the chance to speak in Paris about my Selfies in the ‘Université Nouvelle Sorbonne’ (Arts Mobiles).

To be a part of mobile group exhibitions remains an objective for 2016. Last year I expressed the wish to work more on prints. Honestly, I didn’t reach the expected aims. I had a very good start with  Luca Chistè. I’ve got two exquisite fine-art prints from him. But I was not able to continue this great approach. I guess I was not ready to put my energy in this new field of activity. And there were other challenges waiting for me.

The biggest change—on June 2015—was to get in charge of the Mobile Movie Column of theappwhisperer as a co-editor. Thank you Joanne for the request! The great thing about this job is to support the group motivation, to share experiences and infos. And last but not least to take more attention to the works in the Flickr appwhisperer movie group. I feel now the need to rethink the claims concerning this challenge and also regarding my own mobile film creations. Maybe some new impulses.

I wish Joanne Carter & theappwhisperer, my co-editor Giulia, my artists friends and the app/mobile product developers a bright, fascinating and certainly a fully creative year 2016!

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‘Connection’ – Vanessa Vox, 2015

Yulia Naganova

1. To make more colourful and joyful pictures (2015 was not an easy year for me that’s why I made so many B&W photos)

2. To develop my skills by spending by spending more time editing pictures. To develop my vision by letting through myself more inspiring photos

3. To read a lot

4. To develop my own page naganova.me

5. To find ways for selling my art

6. My huge dream is the solo exhibition. So I hope to find people who will believe in me and support me with this idea

P.S. (not for Flickr, fo you, Joanne)

Thank you SO much for your amazing work, Joanne! I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Let 2016 will be much better than 2015:) Hugs!

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“Pink Tenderness” – Yulia Naganova, 2015

Alix Carmichele

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Still loving the freedom of shooting on hipstamatic on my iPad 4… My last completed project was an exhibition of works mainly shot on the Pad detailing an interpretation  of the Elements using a solitary warrior model. I hope to explore new themes, perhaps shoot more short clips in 2016 and dream up another show… I’ve recently opened my own shop in the town where I live and I hope to show case and share my work in it as well as on line..

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Untitled – Alix Carmichele, 2015

Jim Perdue

2015 was another milestone year for mobile photography and art. Following up on my resolutions from last year;  I was honored to have my work selected for several gallery shows. I also had the opportunity to meet many friends from the mobile community in person. However, I have to say, I found my greatest satisfaction in helping other artists to understand and navigate the mobile landscape. For me, there is no greater reward than helping a new artists and seeing them succeed.

Moving into 2016, I hope to continue learning, growing, and developing as an artist. I look forward meeting more of my online friends this year.

Best wishes, may you all have greatest of success in all of your endeavours.

Happy New Year.

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Untitled – Jim Perdue, 2015

Tommy Vee

As with every turn of the leaf, I welcome in the New Year with an open mind and excitement for what is to come.  I know that as artist, I must be willing to allow the raw me to emerge as its most imperfect self.

I resolve to take risks with my photography, to expand my vision and evolve. I want to incite emotion. I’m going to try to not be so shy about taking shots of people.  

All of these resolutions pretty much boil down to growth; never stop learning and growing.

All the best to my fellow photographers and especially you Joanne.  

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Image – Tommy Vee, 2015

Angie Lambert

My mobile photography New Year’s resolution for 2016 is to explore the privilege of having more time to focus on storytelling images with spiritual messages. Finding my center, if you will as the image depicts, is often more challenging than not. My goal is to offer artistic photography with gentle nuances of creative inspiration to others.

As well, I look forward to learning more techniques and discovering new applications for mobile art. Most importantly, I would love to meet and enjoy photo walks with fellow mobile artists. It seems so many of us are kindred spirits. This unique forum in which we share so much of ourselves would be magnified, in my heart, with the addition of more opportunities for human interaction. I not only need but want to honor the imaginative spirit of all mobile artists.

From my little spot, in this wide world of interactive mobile artists, I’m sending much love and friendship along with heartfelt wishes for a happy, healthy, artful 2016.

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‘Finding my Center’ – Angie Lambert, 2015

Martin Durr

My goal for 2016? Taking more images with my mobile phones.

Uhhh, sounds easy and a little bit silly … but honestly, as my “normal” professional photography grows, I did less on the mobile front.

That’s sad, as working “mobile” is the something I would call “direct creativity” and is far beyond working with desktop systems for reagular image editing. Everything is within your pocket. You can do tweaks and editing on the fly while you are on location … and you are able to rethink your image (and workflow) as  you are there. Unmatched possibilities. Point.

Some more things in the pipe: doing more real portrait shootings with my mobile phones and generating a few video tutorials for mobile photography.

Hope I can reach my goals.

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“Summer in Havanna” – Martin Durr, 2015

Riel Noir

Pushed to consider my resolutions for 2016 my first thought is that I must keep up the momentum of this year’s success and discover new and inventive ways to apply my iPhone art, plus find further opportunities to exhibit. 2015 has been a great year – 2016 ought to be greater,…. if I work hard.

In the second of my solo shows this year I hung silk wall hangings (the largest measuring 140cm x 96cm) & silk cushions with my ‘selfies’ digitally printed onto the silk along side my framed prints.

In 2016 I will further my investigation into other ways I might employ my mobile art.

Early in 2016 I will give another talk at the Apple Store, this time in Edinburgh, and although the subject of my event will be the Selfie I want to have examples of my work on my person, i.e. clothing!… My first resolution for 2016 is to have created a kimono jacket, for this event, employing my iPhone art for the textiles. If time permits I would also like to make a bag.

As I am a self employed photographer & Artist I want to secure further regular paid work that involves my iPhone art,…

There is an opportunity regarding teaching iPhone photography that I have worked towards that will be finalised in the New Year. For my second resolution, once the terms have been agreed I will use this as an example to take to other institutions in the pursuit of similar contracts.

It is this pursuit of creating work opportunities that I find so exhausting,… Often I think that I have succeeded, only to find that one person in the process has destroyed a positive outcome after months of input.

To ensure that I keep the momentum moving,… My third resolution is to find ways to energise myself for this pursuit.

Finding opportunities to exhibit I have always found easier and this year I sold prints and  secured some teaching work through those shows.

Those exhibitions were in Glasgow – in 2016 I want to focus my efforts on exhibiting in Edinburgh – my home city and indeed the first city I exhibited my art work many, many years ago. My fourth and final resolution is to secure an exhibition in Edinburgh.

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“Autumn Palette” – Riel Noir, 2015

Cecily Caceu

 For 2016 I want to push the envelope more in my photography, break out of some ruts and try new ways of shooting and post processing my images.  I would also like to connect back to my film cameras and use them more often.  I had to put my photography on the back shelf for a good part of 2015 and I would like to move it back to the front shelf!  I have been exploring mixed media collage and want to keep pursuing these projects as well as others that are ruminating in my mind. 

Other resolutions in no particular order are as follows:  travel/explore more in Oregon, keep my mind open, become more involved in global causes that interest me, surrender to the chaos of middle age but don’t let it rule me, encourage curiosity in myself and my daughter, finish Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic — her advice is so uncomplicated and pared down: “let inspiration lead you wherever it wants. For most of history people just made things and they didn’t make such a big deal of it.

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“”Whisper Words of Wisdom — Let it BE”! – Cecily Caceu, 2015

Ed Kriner

Learning new applications which will diversify  my toolset and allow me to carry out my vision and ideas.

Try to go with less quantity and more quality-spend more time on details and ideas behind, less on effects and techniques.

Find a way to get exposure to a broader audience and see if my works could be sold.

Share my techniques within groups of interests where I am often asked to provide details on how my edits where done.

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Untitled – Ed Kriner, 2015

Cathrine Halsor

Chosing a word to act as a guiding light for the new year is a lovely way to bring some gentle intention to my new year. A word can be embraced as a reminder and a promise, and that seems to work better for me than a list of resolutions.

This way of starting a new year is more empowering to me. Last year I chose the word Growth as a mantra, and 2015 was a year of amazing moments and opportunities.

I will continue to catch the stories the wind is whispering to me, and to continue to transform the ordinary into something poetic.

Maybe you will find a wonderful empowering word for your 2016 as well… I wish everyone of you Joy and Peace, and more Light and Love in the New Year, xo

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“Life is Poetry” – Cathrine Halsor, 2015

Dilshad Corleone

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“Melting in the Background” – Dilshad Corleone, 2015

Diana Nicholette Jeon

First, I want to thank Joanne for giving me this opportunity to reflect on where I have been and where I am going, and for everything she does for us all through the year.

As 2015 draws to a close, I see that I did meet my goals for the year: to push my work forward; to make the best work I could make; to continue to marry the digital

with the analog; to not go backward and make work that looks like work made with Photoshop 15-20 years earlier.

For this year, my goals are to continue that same path, but differently. I want to make less new work, but instead I intend to intentionally create work that coalesces with my existing works in order to flesh out full portfolios suitable for exhibition. I intend to polish my portfolio by focusing on having exhibition ready groups of works, rather than singular images. To this end, I have signed up to attend a photo portfolio/marketing workshop, scheduled myself for one of the LensCulture group review sessions,begun working with the images I have to look for the themes that run throughout and tie them together, and paid to attend a scary (and ridiculously expensive) FotoFest The Meeting Place portfolio review. Whew! I hope I can handle all this!

I wish everyone good tidings for their own most creative year ever, no matter where the path leads them. Happy New Year and only the best to everyone in 2016.

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“They Don’t Always Show on the Outside V” – Diana Nicholette Jeon, August 2015

Rad Drew

Thank you, Joanne, for inviting me to participate in this year’s New Year’s Resolutions from Around the World, and for all the great work that you do via The App Whisperer!

2015 was my first year as a fulltime photographer, supporting myself solely as a photographer and teacher. It’s my plan in 2016 to build on my 2015 accomplishments, and to continue to teach, lead photo tours to fascinating places around the world, and expand my repertoire of skills with the iPhone as well as other cameras and processing methods so that I can be a better teacher.

My beautiful and talented wife of one year, the extraordinary metal smith, Nancy Lee, and I, are beginning to combine our different interests to offer creativity workshops (the first of which will be in the south of France in May 2016!). Nancy and I are also experimenting with creating fun metal jewellery by etching photos on to copper and silver for bracelets and brooches. Wish us luck!

Nancy and I wish the very best to everyone in the New Year. May your creative juices flow and may you fulfil your resolutions, achieve your goals, and grow in the best ways possible!

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Rob Pearson-Wright

Goodbye 2015! You were good to me but you flew past at a rate of knots.

In the next year I hope to be more organised and less eleventh hour in dealing with things. Even though life has a habit of throwing things in your path, I hope I can deal with things in a more structured way.

Simple things like putting aside an hour to go through feeds and liking and commenting, editing and posting my own work and thinking about my work and the work of others. I’ve tried to make sure I interact with as many of the talented artists in this community as I could, but there’s always room for improvement and next year I want to do better.

This year I worked more in colour than ever before and hope to continue to do so. It’s a departure from my love of black and white, but it’s good to challenge yourself. I also want to start working more in series. Perhaps a 365 project, some themed projects, portraits and definitely more mobile art in addition to my street photography. The joy of mobile photography is the endless possibilities of artistic outlet our minds have through these canvases. I’m going to enjoy trying new things.

I hope to travel to at least one far-off place this year. The top of my list is Japan which I’ve always wanted to visit and shoot. It’ll take quite a bit of saving up for, so maybe that’s more of a two-year plan realistically. But living in London I am privileged in that there are so many cultures on my doorstep and Europe is only a short flight away.

Wishing everyone a happy and creative 2016.

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“Ready for my close up” – Rob Pearson-Wright, 2015

Gina Costa

I have tried to add as an important resolution for my mobile photography for the past two years, the task of better learning my apps and  how to use them to create more dynamic images.

This year I intend not only to focus on this never-ending challenge, but I have  also set for myself  the challenge of bringing mobile photography to a wider audience of people, especially those  who are resistant to accepting it as part of the discourse of what are defined as photographic images. Together, all of us in this remarkable community working together can evince this change in attitude.

Thank you Joanne for leading in this movement, and bringing us the tools and inspiration needed to create this new vision of what photography can be and become. It is an honor to be a member and contributor to this movement which has added so much to the discourse.

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Marianne Rieter

Life moves in mysterious ways … Reading last year’s thoughts, wishes and plans I still seem to be sitting in a misty landscape most of the time. This year was packed with another new, interesting job, and with fascinating new people and areas. I spent a few unforgettable days at the Baltic Sea with my dear friend, and another couple of days in Northern Italy – exciting and inspiring times, but too short to deeply relax and recharge. So in 2016 I will focus on finding a way of balance between commitments, necessities and needs. In mobile photography I have to get organised – I definitely have too many photos on my iPhone and nowhere else, and I am looking forward to explore the new Hipstamatic and its tremendous possibilities.

Again, heartfelt thanks to you, dear Joanne, for your endless effort and passion in the wide field of mobile photography! And a big thank you to my friends for your inspiration, your support, your creativity! Happy New Year and may all our wishes come true!

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Gillian Brodie

Well this is a little embarrassing, as last years resolutions evaporated in a puff of “real life” stresses around mid year and I have been very inactive in any creative activities.

Therefore this years resolutions revolve around picking up where I left off, reconnecting with the wonderful community we have and also with my creative self.

I also want to stop differentiating between “real life” and “online life”, as if one is more real and valid than the other. The friendships I have made and the sense of community and inspiration I have found within the Mobile Art Community is precious and not something always found in the offline world. I want to become better at integrating those two aspects of my life and also validating myself as a creative person.

Life is precious and I want to make the most of all aspects of my world.

I wish everybody a very happy, creative and fulfilling 2016.

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“It Was Written All Over Her Face” – Gillian Brodie, 2015

 

Karen Axelrad

2015 was truly the year of iphoneography for me. I experimented with too many apps adding mobile movie apps along the way. I gave a couple of mobile photography workshops. I guess the culmination was when I made the difficult decision to travel to Vienna without my DSLR. I was really worried about that, but I got wonderful photos with my iPhone, and now I am on my 2nd trip with only an iPhone. There are moments when I would like a “real” camera with a flash, but those moments are becoming fewer.

The most important lesson I have learned this year is that the iPhone has taught me to see better and frame better, so that I think I have become a better photographer despite, or perhaps because of, the limitations. I have truly loved the social media aspect which comes as a bit of a surprise to me, but my new contacts and friends met through the AppWhisperer and other groups have enabled a wonderfully international dialogue about photography which I couldn’t have had otherwise.

In 2016:

I would like to do some themed-based series using a consistent style.

Make some archival prints. Print a series.

Travel out of my comfort zone–both figuratively and literally.

Sort, organize, archive, delete.

Happy 2016. Respect all people and religions that are peace loving. Thanks to Joanne for this inspiring community.

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“Confusion” – Karen Axelrad, 2015

Christine o Sobczak

Vestal Virgin, the image began multi years ago after listening to A Whiter Shade of Pale. I have done a micro investigation into them. The keepers of the flame of Rome, they are intriguing. It was my first journey into the use of a stylus which was incorporated into my smartphone.

That stylus will morph into a MAC pencil and an iPad Pro. In the year of 2016, I shall sail into a whole new world of photography and drawing. I am not and will never be an artist that draws very well….My art education has already proven that…But, I will have fun !

I will continue to appreciate the multitude of creative people that I see everyday on my social networks. I will continue to appreciate my close global friendships that these social networks have blossomed . I will appreciate the hard work that the movers and shakers of this mobile art movement provide for me .

I always wish a peaceful New Year’s to everyone….

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Mariette Schrijver

My world would be upside down in 2016. I remain to work as a minimalist painter and iphoneographer but …

I’m going to focus, to use my work against sexual abuse and violence!!! (quite difficult because every time I’m lost in my own traumas)

Because iPhoneArt is so accessible, especially to young people, I hope to make clear the lifelong consequences . I will show the raw truth by creating iPhoneart… Not to make nice pictures but because art is a must.

Wish you all a healthy, happy and creative New Year 💋

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‘Upside down’ – Mariette Schrijver, 2015

Claude Panneton

2015 was a tumultuous year for me, full of change, soaring highs and cavernous lows. While change is permanent, for 2016, I resolve to guide the changes in my life with a more purposeful hand. 

Creatively, I’ve wandered about in a number of directions this year, some which I’ve now realised I would like to pursue more ardently this coming year. There were successes in 2015 on which I plan to build.  I do plan on taking it slow though. I will continue developing my mobile art techniques and focus a bit more on my DSLR photography. I resolve to compete less this year and focus more on creating work that fulfils me personally. It’s also time to complete my website. I’m also planning to write some music. 

I resolve to give back in 2016. I’m moving forward with a project to teach youth at risk how to create mobile art. This is something I’m very excited about. 

Personally, I resolve to be gentler with myself and, most importantly, to look within for validation rather than outwardly. I resolve to give more than I take. 

Big changes are ahead for me as I make a move to country living. It’s all about simplifying my life this year. I resolve to breathe it all in. You will be seeing more landscapes from me in 2016! 

Wishing all a happy, fulfilling and love-filled New Year! 

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‘Letting my Nature be’ – Claude Panneton, 2015

Lanie Heller

I’m not really one for making New Years resolutions, but believe in growing on a daily basis instead. 2015 was a truly transformational year of growth for me because my husband John was finally able to move here from Canada to live with us after a long immigration process. Adjusting to living together made us both grow in all aspects of our life. I’m so very grateful for all I have learned about him, about myself & because of it all the strengthening of our bond & marriage. This year I worked more so there was less time for mobile photography, but when I had time I focused more on landscapes than self portraits which was a branch out for me. I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store both personally & creatively. I wish everyone in the mobile world much health & happiness in the new year.  Thank you Joanne for putting this showcase together every year,  it’s really inspiring. I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing community.

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Bobbi McMurry

My number one goal this year is to make real strides as an artist. Creating on the iPad/Phone for the past couple of years has been wonderfully life changing. Embracing and learning this new medium has been a joy and I feel like I’ve come to a pretty good understanding of how to use apps to achieve what I want them to. So, in 2016 I plan to push the “content”, to create a recognisable cohesiveness that ties the work together. I plan to do this both within the realm of mobile art and to also step outside the proverbial iBox. Thank you all for the inspiration, support and friendship in 2015, I’m looking forward to this next chapter!

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“What’s my Metaphor?” – Bobbi McMurry, 2015

Tania Konnerth

For 2016 I am very much hoping to improve my skills in taking expressive, emotional and unusual portraits. In the last months I had the chance to do some real shootings and I enjoyed it very much. It’s always so exciting to search for the persons hiding behind the outer walls which most people do present if you point a camera to them. 

As I will be traveling to New Zealand pretty soon I also hope to manage the art of landscape-photos a little better. There are so amazing and great pictures from landscapes with the iPhone and I often I wished I would be able to take similar ones. 

Finally I hope to continuously widen my creative abilities in order to create more fairylike and dreamy pictures. I have so many ideas in my head but sometimes I am just not able to get the pictures the way I want to – but I am working on that! 

Thanks Joanne, for your great and inspirational work. All the best for 2016 to all of you! 

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Constance Rosenthal

My resolutions for 2016 are pretty similar to the resolutions I shared for 2015, mainly to continue to work at being a better photographer, to see more, to be a more deliberate photographer, one who makes not takes photos. I want to continue to learn as much as I can from other photographers and teachers , to watch videos, read books, go to museums, just keep learning as much as I can that will have an impact on how I approach making photos. I wish Joanne and the entire App Whisperer community a creative and fruitful 2016.

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“Boy on the Nostalgia Train, NYC, 2015” – Connie Rosenthal

Tina Rice

2016 will be a year of more changes and growth. I’ll publish more macro and other types of books on Steller. I’ll be testing more apps and try to get my hands on more mobile lenses. I want to compose mobile soundtracks with Launchpad and try to master the FX and one shots. Other projects, I plan to explore the world of Vlogging and start a crowd fund to put together a bigger website with a possible name change and rebrand.

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“People Mover” – Tina Rice, 2015

Jo Jo

As my little family and I are hoping to travel a little in 2016 my iPhoneography goals this year will be to improve my landscape photography along with some street photography too if the opportunities arise. I would like to become a little more active online this year and try to have more confidence in sharing my work.

Thank you Joanne for opening up my world to iPhoneography and all the amazing artists within the community!

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“Hammond Park” – Jo Jo, 2015

Luis Rodríguez

When I first started with mobile photography, five years ago, I never imagined it would become my passion. My perception of the world has completed changed. I now watch the world through the eyes of a photographer, and I capture it with my mobile device.

What are my purposes for the next year? Nothing but to follow this path and keep on enjoying mobile photography as much as I do now. I want to keep on shooting pictures on the streets everyday, then come home and decide which are worth sharing and which are not, edit them and share them. I want to keep on being humble, not to care about followers or likes. I want to keep on learning from the all those know more than me, and whose work is better than mine. I want to contribute to spread the word about mobile photography, so that everyone may know it is an artistic form as valuable as traditional photography. In short, I hope my work as mobile photographer will keep on improving, and I will put all my energy on to it.

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“Gran Vía reflected on a bus passing by” – Luis Rodriguez, 2105

Paula Broom

2015 started with no resolutions in place at all, and has been an amazing year for me and my iPhone photography. I’m extremely grateful to all the people who helped me, directly or indirectly, achieve that.  It happened on the back of a lot of planning that was already in place in 2014, like having two solo exhibitions ready to go, but next year will be different.  I have set wheels rolling also but it’s going to be a lot more focussed and isn’t going to be just about me.

So my first resolution is to be more community spirited, starting right here, at home in Sydney.  I need to give back.  A friend and I recently accepted an invitation to run @IGersSydney together: we’re loving it and we already have another team member on board.  We have plans to further involve our community members in Instameets and to assist them and other interested parties to organise awesome events and stuff for our photographers.  Plus I have also been invited personally to get more involved in a couple of projects, including street photography, next year so I’m really looking forward to sharing those experiences with the wider community!

My second resolution is about becoming more professional in my approach to my work.  This also involves worrying less about whether I shoot mobile or DSLR, and more about concentrating on what it is that I’m trying to say through my work.  I also wish to earn more from my artwork.  To ensure success with this and help me plan, I intend to seek the advice of a creative business coach I recently met here in Sydney.  I have no idea where this will go. Just thinking about it makes me excited with anticipation.

My third and final resolution, connected to my second because maybe in future it could become a much needed source of income for me, is to make more portraits!  I love portraits but, because I’ve noticed that I am pretty rubbish at it – I often catch my subject squinting, eating, or worse – I plan to take a course sometime in 2016  to assist me improve that!

And that is it… my New Year’s Resolutions in a nutshell.  Thank you to all in the mobile community who inspire me and support my vision – a happy and healthy 2016 filled with love and laughter to you and yours!

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“Prisoner of her Own Mind” – Paula Broom, 2015

Carlos Austin

It does not seem like it…but technology seems to be moving at warp speed.

My resolutions for 2016 are:

To continue to develop my eye for better composition/design, humor and fun.

Better composition/design: Using the classic rules such as: rule of thirds, leading lines, and simplicity.

Paying attention to how to maximize on these rules to improve my images.

Humor is good for the soul! I resolve to find situations that have a bit of humor and wit and capture them.

I resolve to enjoy the journey. I will try to not get caught in the ego and allow this to spoil why I started making pictures.

As to technology…keep my senses open through TheAppWhisperer, mobitog.com, dpreview.com, and the photographic community both here in town and online. Both hardware and software are moving at blazing speeds making it a terrific experience to be part of this evolution of communication.

And above all, stay healthy so that I can enjoy as long as possible the fruits of labor from so many engineers, developers and publications that keep us excited about the possibilities.

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Untitled – Carlos Austin, 2015

Armineh Hovanesian

As the tradition goes, at the beginning of each year we all make promises to ourselves on how to improve in some way.  2015 was a year of amazing and astonishing opportunities. I managed to have my work seen at the Louvre and was part of three month long exhibition in Paris at the MK2 Theater. I’m embarrassed to say I failed miserably at achieving some of my 2015 resolutions! I accomplished my 2015 365 project. I did get better at blending, layering and iColorama.  I started to use our DSLR camera again and have found yet another level of love for photography. One thing I did not get to do was to play the piano again!  Life happened and got in the way. 

I hope to realize my goals for 2016:

Get back to yoga and meditation.

Leave expectations at the door.

Stop settling.

Respect my own privacy.

Better my communication skills.

Travel.

And Play the piano.

I look forward to 2016 and my growth as an artist. I am already excited about an exhibition in Berlin in October and hope there will be many more.

Dearest Joanne, thank you as ever for giving me the opportunity to share my objectives. Thank you for all that you have done for the community.

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“Some days I just don’t” – Armineh Hovanesian, 2015

Yoni Mayeri

For 2016, I resolve to spend more time improving my presence in the iPhoneography community by redoing my website and finding more venues to show, sell, and teach.

Part 2 of my resolution: To learn as much as possible about new apps and some old ones that I rarely use but would like to use more!

Part 3 of my resolution: TRAVEL more!

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“Bodega Anemone” – Yoni Mayeri, 2015

Ginger Lucero

I lost someone very dear to me this year. With that loss comes the though of how short our time really is. So my resolution this year, is to try to be happy in the moment. Live for now, and hopefully, capture some amazing things along the way. Happy New Years!

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“Last Warning, Mistress: Don’t Spill” – Michel Pretterklieber, 2015

Mandolina Moon

What I have in store for the New Year is unknown to me. I’m often surprised by what leaps from my unconscious when I start apping.  So, I too, am looking forward to see what mysteries evolve in the new year. I will continue to learn more about the workings of the apps iColorama and Procreate, and most of all I’m looking forward to viewing the continued creativity that abounds from the mobile art community.

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“The Leaf” – Mandolina Moon, 2015

Jennifer Thomas

The past year was a very creative one for me with many exhibitions and photowalks with friends in London and abroad. It really confirmed my belief in the positive power of community and friendships based around a common passion of capturing and sharing images and stories with our mobile phones. In 2011 when I first started posting to Instagram who would have thought where it would lead and how many wonderful connections and friendships around the globe I would make!

In this world of uncertain peace I hope that the positive energy and force of the mobile photography community can continue to share, aid and promote kindness and sharing across borders, religions, cultures and countries. I am thankful for all the local London photo friends I meet in person as well as those through our virtual world and hope we can continue to share our unfolding stories. Thank you Joanne and the App Whisperer for being the catalyst for this community and for your endless generosity.

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“Misty Morning. New Years Day 2016” – Jennifer Thomas, 2016

Giulia Baita

2015 was an important year for me, a year of internal changes. I have become more aware and secure. As for my art I think I improved a lot and scoring my intention to move away from figurative and devote myself to a vision of reality more “emotional”.

I wish that 2016 was a year of further growth. I will continue to seek the best way to express my emotions and my imagination with a personal style. My sensitivity is to light (no shadows), to the colors and lines read and smoothened. The color and the color research are what most characterises me, I think.

I would also work more on the movies and explore new forms of experimental art. The group Mobile Movies is grown and many wonderful artists share their movies in the group with great enthusiasm and participation. I would like to be a good support for them always and an incentive to do better work more competently.

Finally I would like to achieve something different with my art. I’d like to take her out of the virtual world and find a space in the real world (exhibitions, artistic collaborations, books). This “leap” would be the most important news.

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All around is Art” – Giulia Baita, 2015

Jackson Mah

Random Memories 366: What was I saying about my 2015 resolutions again?! I have to admit that I have failed terribly at achieving my mobile photography goals.

However, I was really inspired by Apple’s World Gallery and I started to shoot different subjects beyond the street photography that I usually do ever since. I’ve finally set up my personal online gallery – http://beingjackson.com/  🙂

So, here’s to a more exciting year ahead. Let’s hope that I could meet more interesting people while chasing to meet my first 10,000 worst photographs, as quoted by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Happy Shooting 2016!

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Geri Centonze

After reading over my resolution for 2015, I realize I failed miserably. I didn’t tackle the more than 800 apps on my iPad and learn their capabilities, didn’t complete the 365 Photo project and didn’t finish the books that I wanted to study! How embarrassing!

The main inspiration for starting with mobile photography back in 2012 was my discovery of Karen Messick’s work. I was impressed with her painterly images created from photographs. After trying my hand at many genres over the past three years, I plan to focus more this year on doing that. I don’t want to limit myself to mobile only and will shoot with both my iPhone and Samsung NX300. As far as editing my first choice will be my iPad but I may also experiment with Photoshop.

So this year I’ll make it simple – I plan to be less active on social networks and what might be called my virtual life and more active in my real life. For my iPhone photography this means posting less and actually doing more. I’m hoping this is a goal I can really accomplish!

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and safe 2016!

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Image – Geri Centonze, 2015

Shirley Drevich

Another year has come to an end. For me, nature and beauty has come into focus and for 2016 I see new opportunities. My camera of preference is the iPhone 6s Plus. Winter time in Florida, when indeed I do need a longer telephoto lens to capture the birds I love, I use an Olympus OMD EM1. A resolution for 2016 is to process bird images with many of my favorite IOS apps. For this year I plan to allow creativity to flow through my images and integrate techniques to create my vision. Wishing everyone a healthy and creative New Year.

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“Blue Heron 14” – Shirley Drevich, 2015

Erika C Brothers

2016 will represent a continued journey to fine tune my skills with the art of mobile-photography. I will continue to join and expo my pieces with gallery presentations in North America and Europe. My life continues to be guided and blessed by my family, moments and places I spend with them as life provides time and place. Locations I plan to visit and photograph this year are New Mexico, Orlando and New York. Lastly, highlight desire would be the horror of having my art pieces appear in a children’s story book providing visualisation of children’s thoughts to the words that inspire dreams.

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“Thought to the Moon” – Erika C Brothers, 2015

Lorenka Campos

In the year 2015 I enjoyed some of my most memorable moments as an artist. To name a few, I was able to attend an art opening in Paris that exhibited my work alongside some of the best mobile artists in the world. My work was exhibited not only in Paris, but also in Miami, Florence, and many local Florida galleries as well. I also received two honorable mentions in the very prestigious Mobile Photography Awards.  As many of you know, the year 2015 was also the worst year of my life and forever changed me in so many ways. As I think forward to a new year, I resolve to be brave, daring, and more adventurous in all aspects of my life. I resolve to write and illustrate a children’s book dedicated to my brave adventurous daughter. I may not finish it this year, but I will start. And also, I hope to meet more of my dear artist friends this coming year.  Oh yea, organising my camera roll would be great, but I know better than to commit to that. Wishing everyone a peaceful joyous New Year.

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“All around me are familiar faces Worn out places, worn out faces” – Lorenka Campos, 2015

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Gianluca Ricoveri

Greetings & Happy New Year!

My resolutions for 2016:

Try new genres, new subjects, new workflows without stopping  the landscapes

Being more selective what to shot and try to become my own toughest critic.

Continue to learn, grow as artist and let the creativity flow.

Thank you Joanne for your support of Mobile Photography Community

I wish everyone a happy, healthy  and creative 2016!

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Bonny Breddels

I am so pleased to be asked to what my resolutions are for 2016, and I am so curious what next year will bring.

My resolution for the coming year will be again ‘Listen to myself’ and post what I want. A year later it is easier then last year, but what I noticed is a messy full cameraroll holds me down from posting. So I want to find a way to keep my cameraroll clean and organised.

Boring! But I am going to do fun things this year and a clean cameraroll will help with that. I have started a class called ‘Paint and Pixels’ from Ivette Newport and Robin Laws, to learn how to work with Procreate. A step I took in my resolution from next year, work in layers.

What I want to do this year is make my own textures.

Because of a step I took last year I started this year with Lifebook, a whole year being creative with real paint and pencils. And one day combine mixed media and mobile art together.

With all doing this I want to stay true to myself so I keep my own style, but keep growing. So I want to search for a other topic too, then only mannequins.

Maybe a lot of goals and it is ok if I don’t succeed in them all or changing them. Atleast if it is creative and makes me happy it is good, because I wanna focus on that and not on the negative things that is going on in the world.

Thank you Joanne for the invite and I am curious to the other resolutions from everyone in the community.

Happy Holidays and a happy creative 2016.

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‘The Third Eye’ – Bonny Breddels, 2015

Maurizio Zanetti

Among the proposals for 2015 that is ending I had put: to shoot with the iPhone at least one picture a day; participate in contests and competitions; continue to take pictures ‘heavy’ with the old Canon.

I didn’t take one photo a day, but a few thousand in 12 months yes. Some good, some even rewarded.

What I aim for 2016 is obvious: to keep doing what I did. Maybe with more effort, with less laziness, stealing a few hours of rest.

Why do pictures is my passion, I enjoy it, it helps me to communicate something, to see things and people with different eyes.

Do this whenever I want is the possibility that the mobile photography is offering me. Why not take advantage of it? Without forgetting to thank with a smile.

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‘Martina’ – Maurizio Zanetti, 2015

Keisuke Takahashi

I was writing about my own project on last year and Finally I’m going to do my solo exhibition on February 2016 in Japan.

This time I used mirrorless system to shoot it but I edited most of the photo with Snapseed on iPhone because I still don’t use PC. I love the way that process my photo on mobile device even though it’s hard for me on these days because of presbyopia. LOL.

Anyway I’ll some start another project on 2016, Probably It’s included to do StreetPhotography with iPhone (again) because I know It’s the best camera for StreetPhotography. Looking forward to create something new on next year.

Have a nice year, Everyone!

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‘Waterslide’ – Keisuke Takahashi, 2015

Elsa Brenner

My iPhone 6 S plus and iPad Pro have determined my resolution to back burner my Nikon. The new iPhone is sharp and big and therefore a joy to work with. But more than that, when I look at many technically perfect dslr images, I too often see technical expertise and no soul/feelings–which at least to me makes the difference between an okay image and a really special one. Photography to me is all about communicating feelings, and the apps allow me to take an iPhone image and make it “talk.”  Of course one can do that with a dslr, but when I don’t have to worry about things like aperture priority etc, I’m able to let my heart determine when I press the shutter.          

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“Reach as High as You Dare” – Elsa Brenner, 2015

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About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including DPreview.com, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging and Which? consumer magazine and ePhotozine.com.